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Ford Hall, Smith's new building for science and engineering, boasts 20,000 square feet of planted roof, an environmentally sustainable feature of the structure that is expected to significantly reduce both the amount of stormwater runoff and the amount of heat the building emits.

Smith College continues to shape and improve its environmental performance, gathering new data and using technologies to reduce its use of energy and water, increase its purchasing of local food and composting food waste, increase recycling on campus, decrease single-driver commuting and coordinate sustainability policies with the purchasing office.

Smith works to reduce energy and resource consumption by means of retrofits in buildings, energy-efficient generators, and sustainable practices such as energy reduction, resource conservation and educational outreach. A new guide indicates some of the most visible areas where Smith has made major changes with sustainability as part of the planning.