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Sustainable Smith

Students collecting sap from a tree

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.

Featured Events

Featured Event

Lunchbag: Coral Reef EdVentures

  • CEEDS, Wright Hall Lower Level, 12:15 p.m.
  • Coral Ed is a paid 8-week marine environmental education and research program held primarily in San Pedro, Belize each summer. Sound like something you might want to do? Come for lunch and hear more about what it entails from former student participants and faculty advisers.

For weekly events with a sustainability focus, see the Green Events Calendar →


35 faculty members are engaged in sustainability research; 52% of academic departments are engaged in sustainability research; 73 courses include sustainability


Sustainability News

A New Kind of Mapping: Professor Introduces Students to GIS

Students in Jack Loveless' Mapping Our World: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems course are working on a couple of sustainability-focused projects related to the campus landscape and dining.

Small Changes, Big Goals: Smith's Sustainable Office Program

The Sustainable Office Certification Program—piloted through the Office of Campus Sustainability—offers tips on how to make small changes in everyday work practices in order to create a more environmentally friendly campus.

A More Sustainable Smith

Reusable dining ware, more solar panels on college buildings and a new action plan for addressing climate change are just some of the ways that Smith is increasing its sustainability efforts.

Investing in Environmental Sustainability

Smith provided $100,000 to the Smith College Investment Club to create and manage a new portfolio of fossil-fuel-free investments.