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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.

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


Sustainability News

Leading the Way: Modeling Carbon Pricing

When Breanna Parker ’18 began working on a strategy to help Smith reduce its carbon footprint, she didn’t expect her research to become a national model. But that’s just what happened with a carbon-pricing tool that Parker helped create for the college during her senior year.

A Greener Way to Dry

A modest change in Smith house living aims to have a big effect on campus energy use: A new laundry drying-rack system proposed by students in Capen and Morrow was the winner of the college’s first-ever House Sustainability Challenge.

Smith Partners on New Solar Facility

Smith and four other leading liberal arts colleges have formed a pioneering collaborative that will allow them to offset 46,000 megawatt hours per year of their collective electrical needs with electricity created at a new solar power facility to be built in Farmington, Maine.

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.

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.



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