College of the Environment
College of the Environment

The most important challenge facing current and future generations of humans will be the quality of the environment and the allocation of dwindling natural resources among populations. In the face of severe challenges, we believe in the possibility of changing the trajectory of humans on the planet for the better. To that end, Wesleyan’s College of the Environment seeks to develop informed citizens who can discuss environmental issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, understand their connections to social or political issues, and derive well-formulated independent conclusions.

College of the Environment - EARTH MONTH ACTIVITIES

ELEMENTAL - New Environmental Film Series to Kick Off on Monday, March 30, 2015 with Free Screening in Middletown

Wesleyan University’s College of the Environment in partnership with the Arts, The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, Middlesex Community College Environmental Science Program, and The Rockfall Foundation is excited to announce a new environmental documentary film series, The Elements: An Annual Environmental Film Series, starting this spring. The first film, Elemental, will be screened on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 7pm in the Center for the Arts Hall, located at 287 Washington Terrace on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown. Admission to the film screenings are free

Award-winning and highly acclaimed, Elemental tells the inspiring stories of three activists' efforts to protect air, water, and earth around the world, a sort of call for global action. As described on the film’s website,, the audience meets "Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, on a 40-day pilgrimage down India's once pristine Ganges River, now polluted and dying;"  Eriel Deranger in northern Canada, "campaigning tirelessly against the Tar Sands and its proposed 2,000 mile Keystone XL Pipeline, which are destroying indigenous communities and threatening an entire continent;" and Jay Harman, Australian inventor and entrepreneur, who "searches for investors willing to risk millions on his conviction that nature's own systems hold the key to our world's ecological problems, and has created a revolutionary device that he believes can slow down global warming, but will it work?"

The second film screening, WATERSHED, will take place on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7PM in Chapman Hall, located at 100 Training Hill Road on the Middlesex Community College campus in Middletown. WATERSHED ( has also received numerous awards, and is executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford. The film tells the story of threats to the "once-mighty Colorado River, now dammed and diverted and struggling to support 30 million people." The film offers solutions for "meeting the competing interests of cities, agriculture, industry, recreation, wildlife, and indigenous communities with rights to the waters, and the future of the American West."

For questions about the film series, please call 860-685-3733.

The NILE Project - Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm - Crowell Concert Hall

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 4:15PM - 41 Wyllys Room 112 - Lynda Nead presents: The Tiger in the Smoke: The Aesthetics of Fog in Post-War Britain c. 1945-55'

The image of the foggy city is now inseparable from the image of London. Using film, photography and fiction, Lynda Nead examines the aesthetics of this grey and grainy environment in the context of Britain in the years immediately after the end of the Second World War.

Wesleyan University's Green Team hosts BAG IT - THE MOVIE - Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:30pm in PAC 001

Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes-single-use disposable bags that we mindlessly throw away. But where is "away?" Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health? Bag It follows "everyman" Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. Jeb's journey in this documentary film starts with simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made from? What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded? Jeb looks beyond plastic bags and discovers that virtually everything in modern society-from baby bottles, to sports equipment, to dental sealants, to personal care products-is made with plastic or contains potentially harmful chemical additives used in the plastic-making process. When Jeb's journey takes a personal twist, we see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up with us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.