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.
Class of 2019
Environmental science and policy major
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.
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