Big, Think 'Blue Sky'
sustainability ideas; all proposals will be considered, no
matter how “blue
That’s the message from the presidents and chancellor of the member institutions
of the Five College consortium.
“The Five College Board of Directors is looking for ideas for new initiatives
and programs in academic, co-curricular and operational aspects of sustainability,” said
Five College Executive Director Neal Abraham.
The directors have asked the
staff of the consortium to convene “blue sky”—brainstorming—meetings of faculty members,
students, administrators and staff members over the next two months to explore
incorporating sustainable practices into existing operations and initiating projects
and programs centered around sustainability. Ideas are welcome relating to any
aspect of life on the campuses, as well as Five College cooperation and collaborations
with communities in the Five College area of Western Massachusetts.
and these meetings are an opportunity for us all to think
broadly about how we engage with sustainability issues on
many levels,” said President Christ, “to
dust off ideas that have been put on the back burner for one reason or another,
to bring forward ideas for innovative solutions related to our daily work, to
think creatively about how we learn or teach, or just come together with enthusiasm
All members of the Smith community
are invited to “blue sky” brainstorming sessions—on
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 9 to 10:20 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. in Neilson Browsing
Room; and Thursday, Feb. 9, 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. in Campus
Center 205—to discuss wasy to incorporate sustainability into the campus, the
consortium and the community.
Meanwhile, to directly to Five Colleges.
No idea is too big—or small!