The Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium has awarded Franklin & Marshall College junior Gillian Williams and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Eve Bratman each the title of PERC 2021 Campus Sustainability Champion.
In a letter to the two recipients, PERC’s president, Shaunna Barnhart, said “the Campus Sustainability Champion title is awarded annually to students, faculty, administrators, and staff of Pennsylvania colleges and universities who have made meaningful contributions benefiting social, economic and/or environmental sustainability on their campus, in their community, or in society at large. Your award reinforces your credentials as a leader in the transition to a sustainable future.”
Williams, from the sunny island of Jamaica, is a double major in biochemistry and molecular biology and studio art. She has worked for the Center for the Sustainable Environment for two years, where her primary focus was environmental justice.
One of Williams’ major projects is the Environmental Justice Speakers Series, which brought an exciting group of diverse speakers to campus to speak on topics from Indigenous water rights to mountaintop removal mining to birding while black. In addition to this work, Williams leads the CSE’s environmental book club, organizes environmental film screenings for the Green Cinema program, and assists in the organization of Sustainable Crafting events.
“She has been an incredible asset to the school’s environmental efforts,” Sarah Dawson, the center’s director, said.
As a scholar and political ecologist, Bratman draws upon geography, anthropology and development to explore how national and international sustainable development plans meet practice in people’s lives.
In 2019, she published her acclaimed book, “Governing the Rainforest: Sustainable Development Politics in the Brazilian Amazon,” which won the Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize of the American Political Science Association’s Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Section in 2020. The book is based on Bratman's 10 years of research concerning the links between development policies, infrastructure, conservation, and human rights in Brazil.
In addition to her research on sustainable development politics, Bratman's interests include food systems, bicycling and inequality, and beekeeping. She serves as chair of the Lancaster City Planning Commission, and is involved in environmental justice and other sustainability initiatives in the local community.
Nominations for PERC’s annual distinguished honor are made to the organization’s executive committee by members of the campus community. Read the PERC's list of champions here.