With environmental sustainability an increasingly dominant issue of our time, CEEDS exists with one purpose: to graduate women who excel at integrating knowledge across disciplines in support of environmental decisions and action. We meet this goal in a variety of ways, from connecting students to green initiatives and academic pursuits to supporting faculty who desire to deepen their understanding of salient environmental issues of today.
We are located on the garden level of the newly renovated Wright Hall (directions to CEEDS). Come visit our space to learn about green initiatives taking place on campus, read the newspaper among our ever growing plant collection, or get some studying in at our student workstations.
The Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, but you can often find other events happening here in the evenings and on weekends. Check out our calendar of environmental events to explore and stay up on the many environment-related activities taking place on campus, in the community, and in the greater Five College area.
Our commitment to collaboration is evident in our team located within CEEDS. The Center houses the Office of Campus Sustainability, faculty from the Engineering and Landscape Studies departments, staff knowledgeable about the Environmental Science and Policy Program, and the people behind both the Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station and our Environmental Monitoring initiatives. In addition, our CEEDS Director, Robert Newton, is a member of the Study Group on Climate Change. Under President McCartney's directive, during 2015-16, the SGCC will facilitate a campuswide examination of how Smith College can most effectively respond to the challenge of global climate change and explore opportunities to reduce climate change impact on our campus. With so many perspectives existing right here, we can’t help but see environmental connections spanning all areas of Smith!
Thanks to a generous gift from Jill Ker Conway to support our initial efforts, we are moving ahead with many exciting programs.