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Study Group on Climate Change

In the fall of 2015, President McCartney announced the formation of the Study Group on Climate Change (SGCC), a group made up of staff, faculty, trustees, alumni, and students. President McCartney tasked the SGCC with facilitating a campus-wide examination of how Smith, as an educational institution and a residential college, could most effectively respond to the challenge of global climate change. Charged with more than just the creation of a climate action plan, the SGCC considered climate adaptation and mitigation, curriculum and co-curriculum integration, faculty and research, advocacy, investment, and community engagement. Few issues at Smith College have been given the kind of dedicated time and resources that sustainability and climate change have, through the work of the SGCC. The study group spent a year gathering input from hundreds of students, faculty, staff and trustees, consulting with experts and conducting research to develop a series of recommendations that best allows Smith to contribute to climate solutions, locally and globally.

Study Group Final Report

The Study Group on Climate Change spent a year conducting research, consulting experts and gathering input from hundreds of Smith College community members to develop a series of recommendations that allows Smith to contribute to climate solutions, locally and globally. By implementing these comprehensive recommendations, the college will integrate climate action and sustainability across all aspects of the college—education, research, operations, financial investments and engagement of the community.

PDF iconReport of the Smith College Study Group on Climate Change


Student Profile

Jasmine Pacheco-Ramos

Being a member of the Study Group on Climate Change (SGCC) was an incredible experience. I was able to work with other students, faculty, staff, and alumnae and representatives from the board of trustees to fulfill our charge of examining how Smith could most effectively respond to the challenge of global climate change.
Jasmine Pacheco-Ramos

Class of 2019

Environmental science and policy major

Participatory Workshop

Professor Camille Ottombre-Washington's Environmental Science and Policy 201/202 class led two workshops during the spring 2016 semester. The workshops involved approximately 60 community members who discussed their priorities and concerns surrounding climate change. The class compiled the information they gathered into a final report.

PDF icon Report on the Study Group on Climate Change Participatory Workshop


Study Group Members

Michael Howard, Vice President for Finance and Administration, co-chair

Amy Rhodes, Associate Professor of Geosciences, co-chair

Eleanor Adachi ’17

Neelum Amin ’86, Smith College Board of Trustees

Alexander Barron, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science & Policy

Carrie Dohan Buchman ’78, Alumnae Association of Smith College Board of Directors

Deanna Dixon, Associate Director of Multicultural Recruitment

Raven Fowlkes-Witten ’17

Marcia MacHarg ’70, Smith College Board of Trustees

Roger Mosier, Associate Vice President for Facilities

Bob Newton, Director, Professor of Geosciences and Director of the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability

Jasmine Pacheco-Ramos ’19

Vis Taraz, Assistant Professor of Economics (on sabbatical fall 2016)

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Smith College Board of Trustees

Dano Weisbord, Director of Campus Sustainability and Space Planning

Gregory White, Professor of Government