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Letter from the Director

Welcome to the Center for the Environment’s website which is now under re-vision. My name is Lauret Savoy and I became the new director in fall 2005.

The flavor I strive to bring to the Center is that of bridging, of making connections—across disciplines, across points of view, across structures that may keep us from engaging in dialogue about “environment” in our work, community, and lives. I want people to imagine “environment” broadly—not just as surroundings, not just as the air, water, and land on which we depend, or that we pollute—but as sets of circumstances, conditions, and contexts in which we live, work, and grow.

The events of one's life take place, take place. Have you ever thought about this? Imagine if one's experience of land and place is indigenous or urban or indentured or exiled or degraded or toxic?

The challenge we all face is to imagine existence broadly, as children might, and to seek common ground where edges have separated us. Natural history and human history, natural and cultural diversity, social and ecological conscience--none is easily separable from the other. We invite you to enter the dialogue with us as we explore the points of intersection.

Center for the Environment
Talcott Greenhouse South
50 College Street
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA 01075
Phone: 413-538-3091

Copyright © 2006 Mount Holyoke College. This page created and maintained by Center for the Environment. Last modified on April 16, 2006.