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a culture of care

read smith’s updated plans as of november 23, 2020,
for the spring 2021 semester.

sustainable smith

students collecting sap from a tree

in 1886, florence merriam bailey, a student concerned about the plight of birds, started the smith college audubon society and began weaving the fabric of sustainability at smith that can now be found across all aspects of the college—in academics, operations, research and student life. smith prepares women through active learning and societal engagement to foster and lead sustainable, just communities and to make significant and lasting contributions to address the critical issues of the times. like florence, students are frequently at the heart of sustainability issues on campus. you’ll find their stories throughout these pages.

call for submissions: elsewhere—an arts afield community art project

arts afield invites all members of the smith community (students, alumnae, staff and faculty) to submit place-based creative work for elsewhere, an online exhibition launching on january 4. find more details in this document and email with any questions.


35 faculty members are engaged in sustainability research; 52% of academic departments are engaged in sustainability research; 73 courses include sustainability



sustainability news

advocate for climate action

a young policymaker’s guide to fighting climate change.

‘the life cycle of dining’: reducing carbon emissions

for four members of the class of 2020, a senior capstone research project has led to a prestigious award from the association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education.

wav: smith’s data science corps

a new, real-world data sciences program led by smith offers students a chance to apply their skills, while also helping community groups solve data problems they might otherwise be unable to tackle.

people news october 2020

music scholar awards, groundbreaking scientific research and global peace honors are among the recent accomplishments of smith students, faculty, staff and alums. read about them in the latest people news column.

smith will celebrate teaching award winners

three faculty members chosen for this year’s sherrerd teaching awards share their thoughts about the rewards and challenges of teaching at smith. the campus community is invited to celebrate the honorees at a virtual ceremony on thursday, oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m.

larissa holland ’20: ‘i’m one person ... there’s a lot i can do’

larissa holland ’20 always had a passion for the environment. in her four years at smith, she developed the confidence and critical skills to turn her natural enthusiasm into a career fighting for climate justice.

look up from your carbon footprint

individual efforts matter, but to move the needle we need to change systems and policies.

farm-to-smith eating

smith is on the leading edge of sustainability initiatives in college and university dining.

goal: net zero

from solar power to ground-source heat exchange technology, smith is forging a path to carbon neutrality.

studying climate change

in the first semester of smith's themed year on climate change, relevant course offerings range from contemporary poetry to green energy policy, giving students of all academic backgrounds a chance to engage in learning about climate change and environmental sustainability. 



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