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At Smith, responsible stewardship of our resources is built into everything we do. In 2010 Smith joined other colleges and universities in signing the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. The college makes progress reports publicly available through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and we are on track to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

Sustainability News

Prospects for a Greener Smith: An Interview with Smith's New Campus Energy Manager

Meet Matthew Pfannenstiel, Smith’s new campus energy manager. An avid hiker and outdoor recreation enthusiast, Pfannenstiel says his interest in sustainable energy is tied to his love for undeveloped spaces.

Students Test New Plan for Moving Sediment Out of Paradise Pond

The sluicing method promises to be less disturbing to the river ecosystem by allowing sediment to continue downstream instead of being disposed of on land.

Hello Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Goodbye Batteries

Producing and then disposing of lithium-ion batteries for decades and eventually centuries into the future is not sustainable, says engineering professor Denise McKahn. She is currently conducting research in her Smith lab to create hydrogen fuel cells that can be used as alternative energy and are safer for the environment.

Smith Joins National College-Based Real Food Challenge

Smith has signed onto the Real Food Challenge, making the college the 41st in the country—and the second women's college—to join the national sustainable food initiative.


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