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About the Center



Wright Hall 005
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3352
Fax: 413-585-3333
Assistant Director:
Joanne Benkley

CEEDS is the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability. It is one of Smith College’s Centers for Engagement, Learning and Leadership.

With sustainable development an increasingly dominant issue of our time, CEEDS exists with one purpose: we facilitate academic and applied experiences for students that help them excel at integrating knowledge across disciplines, in support of environmental decisions and action.

In the center we work to integrate sustainable practices into Smith’s operations and we connect campus operations with student learning. We also support faculty in their efforts to deepen their understanding of salient environmental issues and to integrate those issues into the curricula. We promote institutional innovation and progress toward the college’s commitment to be a model of sustainability.

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Denise McKahn

Faculty Director, Associate Professor of Engineering


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Joanne Benkley

Assistant Director



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Emma Kerr

Sustainability & Communications Administrator

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Dano Weisbord

Administrative Director of CEEDS & Campus Planning


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Paul Wetzel

Curriculum & Research Administrator


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Rachael Wein

Sustainability & Planning Manager

Recycling and Composting

Smith’s long history of recycling speaks to its consistent concern about the environmental impact of its operations. Since 1990, Smith has expanded its recycling program to a robust campus-wide system in every student house, public space and office. Student efforts started the composting movement on campus in 2005 and it has grown steadily since. Dining areas compost both pre-consumer and post-consumer waste, from kitchen scraps, to diners’ plate scrapings.

What We Recycle

Electronics recycling: batteries and other small electronics can be recycled in the Electronics Recycling Center located on the lower level of the Campus Center, between the mailroom and the campus store.

Sustainable Office Certification Program

The Sustainable Office Certification Program is designed to recognize, support and highlight offices that are engaging in sustainable practices. Certification is based on a checklist of activities and behaviors that progress from level one to level three. The first level covers energy conservation and waste reduction practices many offices are already using—or that are easy to start—such as turning off lights and projectors when they are not in use. Practices become more challenging at the upper levels, and include using reusable mugs and water bottles, and taking notes electronically rather than on paper.

Read more about the program and participating offices on Smith's Grecourt Gate.  

Members of the Office of Campus Sustainability participating in the SOC program