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 News

September 22, 2014 - College of the Environment Open House for ALL WESLEYAN STUDENTS

Come join Professor Chernoff, Director of the College of the Environment, as he explains to Wesleyan Students all about the program. He will discuss the Linked Major, Certificate Program, Think Tank and much more.

A free lunch will be provided, but please RSVP by September 15th to Valerie Marinelli at

September 27, 2014 - Annual "Where On Earth Are We Going?" Symposium


11TH Annual Robert Schumann Symposium

Exley Science Center, Tishler Room 150


8:50       Welcome by Barry Chernoff, Director, COE


9:00       “Energy Efficiency: The Best Climate Change Solution That May Never Be”
              by David Cohan

David Cohan is the Building Energy Codes Program Manager for the US Department of Energy.  He has worked in energy efficiency for over 20 years in a variety of capacities including evaluation, program design and, for the past ten years, the development and implementation of building energy codes, which mandate minimum efficiency levels for all new buildings constructed in the United States. David is particularly focused on ways to increase compliance with the codes so that the potential energy savings are actually realized. David has worked at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance since 2000 and is currently on special assignment to US DOE where he was brought in to reinvigorate their energy codes program. He holds an MS in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Literature from the University of California, San Diego.

10:30     “Making Art In the Anthropocene: Envisioning The Interventions Of The Human Age”
              by Joseph Smolinski

Joseph Smolinski is Menakka and Essel Bailey '66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the College of the Environment and Lecturer in the Department of Art and Design at the University of New Haven. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally in group exhibition venues that include Diverse Works in Houston, TX; MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA; the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; the McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; The Cleveland Institute of Art; and the Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT. Solo exhibition venues include Swarm Gallery in Oakland, CA; Seton Gallery at the University of New Haven, CT; Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT; and ArtSpace in New Haven, CT. His work has been discussed in Art in America, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Art Papers, among other publications. In 2012, he was awarded an artist fellowship from the Connecticut Commission of the Arts and an artist resource trust grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Earth Out Loud

COE, Musician/Fellow Launch Online Environmental Teaching Tool for Kids - Earth Out Loud

Birds of Wesleyan

Think Tank 2013

Event Calendar

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Exhibition: Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight - Photography by Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker

South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

Friday, September 26, 2014

Gallery Talk: Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight - Photography by Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker

South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Closing Reception: Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight - Photography by Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker

South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery