read smith’s updated plans as of november 23, 2020,
for the spring 2021 semester.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
what makes sustainability at smith special?
use the campus as a classroom. through campus as classroom, students can take concepts they’ve learned in class, apply them to projects on campus and see firsthand their direct impact on the smith community. recent projects have included research to move sediment out of paradise pond and the implementation of a program to save energy in science labs.
study what you love. smith’s open curriculum enables students to personalize their education. more than half of its academic departments, including anthropology, economics, engineering, environmental science and policy, geosciences and landscape studies, offer courses in sustainability. in addition, students from any major can add a concentration in climate change or sustainable food.
get an international perspective. the college is committed to creating global citizens who participate in the communities in which they live and steward the resources that sustain them. through course work, internships, research or a semester abroad, students learn how other countries and organizations are addressing sustainability issues and often return to apply those ideas on campus.
eat delicious and nutritious food. local foods and sustainability efforts are a priority for smith college dining. all 15 campus dining halls serve products from local farms whenever possible, and they compost pre- and post-consumer food waste. many campus events are zero waste. students recently led efforts for smith to join the real food challenge, a national sustainable food initiative.
live sustainably in your house. ecoreps—student sustainability leaders—help educate their housemates about sustainable living in all 35 of smith’s residential houses and complexes. students have initiated a number of programs, including in-house composting and an inter-house competition focused on water conservation.
explore macleish field station. the 260-acre ada and archibald macleish field station is home to the bechtel environmental classroom, the world’s fifth certified living building. the living building challenge uses a stringent set of design and construction standards for environmentally friendly buildings. students, faculty and staff conduct research and hold events, such as dance performances and art exhibits, at the liberal arts station.
a young policymaker’s guide to fighting climate change.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
individual efforts matter, but to move the needle we need to change systems and policies.
smith is on the leading edge of sustainability initiatives in college and university dining.
from solar power to ground-source heat exchange technology, smith is forging a path to carbon neutrality.
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.