Trash Trivia Night!
The Eco-Reps are hosting a sustainability themed trivia night! Enjoy some snacks, free stuff, and answer questions about sustainability and waste at Smith for the chance to win some fahbulouz prizes.
Opportunities for Students
Thanks to Smith’s open curriculum and breadth of classes, it’s easy for students to take sustainability focused courses, no matter their major. Students can pick a major with an environmental focus from several departments, select a unique minor or concentration, or choose sustainability-related courses offered throughout the curriculum, including classes in anthropology, architecture, English language and literature, government and physics.
Browse our Academics page for more details on majors, minors, concentrations, and specific courses.
How can I explore my interests around environmental issues if I don't want to major in Environmental Science and Policy?
There are many ways to explore your interests without majoring in Environmental Science and Policy. Courses throughout many of Smith's major are centered around issues related to the environment and sustainability. You can also choose to do an environmental concentration or find a co-curricular way to get involved.
What kind of job will I be able to get if I study something related to the environment and sustainability?
Our alums find jobs across many fields, in diverse areas of speciality. From consulting for renewable energy projects to food justice advocacy, the possibilities are expansive. You can check our @SustainableSmith instagram page for some profiles of alums and also see here for a spotlight on a recent alum.
Can I talk to someone who can tell me more?
Yes! Email email@example.com anytime to get connected.
Many units across the college host academic year and summer jobs that intersect with sustainability including the Botanic Gardens, the Design Thinking Initiative, CEEDS, and the Science Center. Be sure to follow the Sustainable Smith social media pages @SustainableSmith and sign up for the ENVIRO listserv at firstname.lastname@example.org to stay up-to-date on these opportunities.
Throughout the year CEEDS will have spot jobs - mostly for zero-waste event workers. You will find them on Workday and they will be advertised through the ENVIRO listservs and social media.
NOAA College-Supported Summer Internship Program
Smith’s Environmental Science and Policy Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have partnered to provide internships for Smith students since 1999. This program connects students with 10-week summer internships in conservation science, coastal ecology, resource policy and management, environmental education and science communication. Smith students have interned at numerous NOAA offices, labs and field sites across the country. Interns work side by side with NOAA scientists, policy makers and other staff to address current coastal and marine issues.
Summer internships have a flexible start date. Fellowship stipends of $4,800 are provided by the Agnes Shedd Andreae 1932 Research Internship Fund. These fellowships are for Smith College students only. NOAA posts the list of internships in early January for the following summer.
For more information about the NOAA College-Supported Internship Program visit the ES&P website.
Praxis stipends are designed to help students pursue opportunities that expand their education but which cannot or do not pay a summer salary. These internships help students build on their academic studies, make decisions about their careers and acquire the experiences and skills desired by employers and graduate schools.
Through Smith’s Student Research in Departments (STRIDE) Program, high-achieving students during their first two years are teamed up with Smith faculty as paid research assistants.
Every year, the Clark Science Center offers stipends for summer research with faculty mentors. You can learn more about the program and how to apply here.
Our 260-acre field station is your playground for environmental research! Students are actively engaged in research at MacLeish related to the hemlock woolly adelgid, groundwater quality, precipitation through fall, the mitigation of invasive species such as multiflora rose and oriental bittersweet, and historic use of the property. Fill out the research proposal form here.
Students interested in exploring a topic, issue or research project independently may propose a Special Studies course with a faculty adviser. Special studies offer students the opportunity to delve into a topic that may not be covered in courses, pursue in greater depth a project begun in a class or in a summer internship, or undertake a new project. The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) can help connect you to professors and support your research interests related to the environment and sustainability. Research projects do not need to be science or lab-based. Past projects include creating the campus move-out program now known as SmithCycle and conducting research to understand how our Farmington Solar Project might impact the local community.
Coral Reef Ed-Ventures
Coral Reef Ed-Ventures is an innovative, cooperative educational venture between Smith College and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. This environmental education program began in 2000 to increase community awareness of reef system ecology and to encourage its conservation. Every summer since, an interdisciplinary team of Smith College undergraduate students develop and facilitate two environmental education camps for the island’s youth. Learn more about the program and how participate by visiting the Environmental Science and Policy Program page.
Smithies are passionate about sustainability and environmental justice. They lead student organizations, teach fellow Smithies about the environment, start initiatives to make campus more sustainable, and work with student groups from other colleges on issues that impact the local community. Learn more and get involved too!
Check the Smith Social Network for an up-to-date list of organizations you might want to join! From recovering food to donate from the dining halls to fixing bicycles, you're sure to find something that fits your interests!
Eco-Reps are an elected house position and engage the diverse student body of Smith in conversations and action around the broad economic and social aspects of sustainable living and behaving. They monitor recycling, composting, energy usage, and other sustainable operations in their respective houses.
SGA Sustainability Committee
This committee works to inform and involve students in practicing sustainable behaviors around key focus areas, such as waste and food, and educates the student body on what the college is doing as it relates to sustainability.
Throughout the school year, students can participate in a wide array of events, including conferences, exhibitions, film screenings, fairs, walks and more.
Make sure to sign up for the ENVIRO listserv by emailing email@example.com and follow our social media pages @SustainableSmith to stay in-the-know about collaborations with the Design Thinking Initiative, internships in CEEDS, joining clubs, the house eco-reps program, and other opportunities!
Sustainable Office Self-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.