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Make Other Colleges Green With Envy: Submit a Video by September 30 to be Considered for $300 Prize

Smith College News Office: Students can win green by making other colleges green with envy over Smith's environmental sustainability efforts. Create a video that captures an initiative at Smith and captivates an audience in three minutes or less. Read more and get contest details >

Environmentally Sustainable Back-to-School Supplies for College Students

Smith College News Office: Before she graduated from Smith College in May, Jessica O'Hare developed an environmental sustainability back-to-school shopping list for the students who come after her.

"Environmental sustainability is an integral piece of student life at Smith," wrote O'Hare in prefacing her list. "As an incoming student, you can start your contribution to the community by keeping a few sustainable purchasing tips in mind." Read more...

Seeing Campus in a New Light

Grécourt Gate News: It's a subtle change, and few on campus will likely notice. But by mid-July, when more than 3,500 fluorescent lamps in campus buildings will have been replaced with lower-wattage models, the savings in energy consumption and money will begin.

Eight buildings are scheduled to be outfitted with lower-wattage lamps and ballasts (the electronic drivers for the lamps). In addition, some rooms will be equipped with sensors that monitor movement and sound to determine if the lights are needed, triggering an automatic shut-off mechanism after a designated period of no activity.

The fluorescent lamp switchover is part of the college-s ongoing effort to reduce the campus' energy consumption and emission of greenhouse gases, in order to contribute fewer pollutants to the atmosphere, and to ease budgetary expenditures. Between 2004 and 2008, the Smith campus reduced electrical consumption by 11.4 percent. Several projects to further continue that trend will be implemented this summer and fall. More...

Smith College's Energy Reduction Efforts Add Up

Smith College News Office: Smith College's commitment to energy efficiency has resulted in a steady decline in carbon emissions throughout the past four years that "very few" schools experience without purchasing carbon offsets, said a Smith official.

Dano Weisbord, environmental sustainability director, noted that Smith's emissions in 2008 were 31 percent below the peak level of 2004. The peak coincided with the opening of the Campus Center, an event that added the heating and electrical demands of the 56,000-square-foot building to the college's carbon footprint.

Last year's decrease is attributed primarily to two efforts, according to Weisbord: ongoing efficiency upgrades to campus buildings and infrastructure and Smith's conversion from burning mostly oil to natural gas in the central heating plant. More...

Turn the Lights Off to Vote for the Earth

Grécourt Gate News: It's bound to be dark on campus this Saturday, March 28, 2009 between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

That's when the "switch–hunt" will take place, when student teams will rove from campus house to house in search of lights to turn off. More...

Full Circle: A Smith recycling Story

Grécourt Gate News: From Smith to Belchertown and back to Smith. That was the path recently taken by hundreds of unread newspapers that had been delivered to Smith. The newspapers, left unclaimed on campus stands, were delivered, via paper recycling brokers, to a company called National Fiber, an insulation manufacturer in nearby Belchertown, Massachusetts. More...

Concert for Peace to Pilot Paperless Programs

Grécourt Gate News: The Smith College Music Department presents a Concert for Peace, featuring Vaughan Williams' "Dona Nobis Pacem" and Theodore Morrison's "Dirge for Two Veterans," on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 8 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. More...

Smith Takes Lung Association's Healthy Air Award

Grécourt Gate News: Smith College's efforts to reduce its polluting emissions and help protect the environment have not escaped the notice of an organization with a direct stake in healthy air. More...

My, What Big Feet We Have!

What's our carbon footprint? How much do we all contribute? How can we shrink our footprint? Special presentation: "A Study of Smith's Carbon Footprint"

View the slide show (.PDF) presented on November 19th, 2008 by Smith College Sustainability Director Dano Weisbord and Elisabeth Wolfe, '10.

For more information, call (413) 585–2427 or e–mail

Smith Team Eyes the Future of Energy Production

Grécourt Gate News: On a beautiful autumn Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008 Smith students, accompanied by Denise McKay, assistant professor of engineering, and the college's Green Team, toured Green Mountain Power's wind farm in Searsburg, Vermont. When it came online, the Searsburg facility was the largest in New England. More...

Environmental Journalist Among the Accomplished Smith Alumnae to be Honored on Rally Day 2009

Smith College News Office: For their extraordinary professional achievements and outstanding service to their communities, five alumnae will receive the Smith College Medal, an award presented each February on Rally Day. More...

Smith Composting Program Expands

Grécourt Gate News: Student interest in composting the leftover food in their dining rooms led to a successful program in two campus kitchens last year that recently expanded to a third. More...

Dining Services Unveils New Aluminum Water Bottle

Grécourt Gate News: Last year at this time, Smith's Dining Services joined a national movement to steer consumers away from buying and immediately discarding bottled water by introducing college–customized water bottles. The bottles, colored a deep, Smith blue, became a popular tote–along among students and others, with their convenient carrying loops, and replaced bottled water at the Chapin Grab–and–Go. More...

A Garden For and About the Community

Grécourt Gate News: Well into its first summer of cultivation, the Smith College Community Garden, an initiative begun by students last year, is producing a healthy list of edibles using sustainable methods. More...

Student Orientation Focuses on Sustainability

Smith College News Office: June 25, 2008–As part of its orientation for new students, Smith College is going beyond the perennial sessions about how to select courses or navigate the housing lottery. This year, incoming students have the chance learn how to minimize their environmental impact on and off campus. More...

Smith College Names Sustainability Director

Smith College News Office: June 25, 2008–As part of its commitment to the environment, Smith College recently created the position of environmental sustainability director and has appointed Amherst resident Dano Weisbord to the post. More...

Smithies Turn Out for Earth Hour

The Smith College Sophian: April 3, 2008–Anyone passing by Smith College on Saturday night might have been surprised to find a completely dark campus. More...

A New Consciousness About Global Warming

The Smith College Sophian: February 7, 2008–Early–rising students received a cold shower of dire reality at the keynote speech of "Focus the Nation," the student–organized day of educational and collaborative talks on global warming on Thursday, January 31 in Weinstein Auditorium. More...

Smith Joins National Climate Pact

Smith College News Office: November 26, 2007–Smith College President Carol T. Christ recently signed an agreement to reduce the college's carbon emissions, joining higher education leaders nationwide. The agreement, called the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, is an effort to address global warming by neutralizing greenhouse gas emissions. More...

Smith Invests in New Biodiesel Plant

Grécourt Gate News: With funds from a cooperative that includes Smith College, Northeast Biodiesel Company recently purchased 26.5 acres in Greenfield to construct a plant that will convert vegetable oil to fuel. When it is built, the $5.85 million plant will turn used vegetable oil into a fuel that can be used in heating systems and diesel vehicles such as school buses, snowplows and trucks.

To read the Grecourt Gate News article, click here. To read the press announcement from Co–op Power, click here (.DOC).

Dining Services Offers More Locally Grown Food

Grécourt Gate News: Smith College students are finding an increasing abundance of locally grown food on campus menus this fall. As a new member of the "Be a Local Hero Buy Locally Grown" campaign, run by Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), Dining Services has increased the amount of locally grown food it purchases from area farmers. More...

Moving Away from Bottled Water

Grécourt Gate News: This semester students were welcomed back to campus with new water bottles. The bottles, along with the elimination of bottled water at Chapin Grab–and–Go, are part of a new push to wean Smith College students from bottled water. U.S. bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually. Nearly 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day. More...

New Web Site Features Information about Food, Water and Energy at Smith College

Did you know that Smith College uses a 10 percent biodiesel blend (B–10) in its diesel fuel fleet? View the Web Site.

From New Boilers to Lightbulbs, Smith Lessens Its Environmental Impact

NewsSmith: Smith College continues to shape its sustainability efforts, developing data and cost analyses for numerous projects that will promote conservation -- and further the 30 percent reduction in energy use already achieved. Those efforts range from the simple to the complex. More...

Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability

Smith is considering the creation of a Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability that will catalyze efforts to deepen understanding and appreciation of the environment and to provide inspiration, opportunities and resources to work toward an environmentally sustainable world. The center will foster and support imaginative and forward–thinking collaborations that bridge the natural and social sciences, the arts and humanities and engineering to address questions and problems related to the environment. More... (.DOC)

Clean Air–Cool Planet Partnership

Smith College News Office: On Wednesday, April 14, 2004, Smith President Carol T. Christ, together with Allen Curran, Professor of Geology, Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program and Chair of the Sustainability Committee, signed a voluntary partnership agreement with Clean Air–Cool Planet, pledging the college to work toward reducing greenhouse gases in its operations and to promote awareness among its students, faculty and staff of the importance of responsible environmental stewardship.

Clean Air–Cool Planet (CA–CP) is the region's leading organization dedicated to finding and promoting solutions to global warming. CA–CP partners with campuses, communities, and companies throughout the Northeast to help reduce their carbon emissions. They showcase practical climate solutions that demonstrate the economic opportunities and environmental benefits associated with early actions on climate change and advocate the implementation of effective policy solutions aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the state and regional levels.

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report

Smith College News Office: Elizabeth Thomas '05 compiled nearly 15 years of emissions data into a comprehensive report on Smith's greenhouse gas production titled "Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Smith College: A Comprehensive Inventory from 1990–2004 and Suggestions to Reduce Future Emissions." This inventory was part of Smith's 2004 agreement with Clean Air–Cool Planet. More... (.PDF)