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Year on Climate Change

Illustration showing three students engaged in different sustainable activities

The Year on Climate Change is a college-wide initiative to critically examine the complex and urgent issue of climate change. As a college of and for the world, this program is an invitation to the entire Smith community, no matter your background or passion, to engage in a manner that is uniquely liberal arts—through deep and authentic collaboration, critical thinking, listening and action. All students, staff, faculty and alumnae are encouraged and invited to create and attend events throughout the year.


News

Fossil Fuels & the Smith Endowment

At it's October meeting, the Smith College Board of Trustees announced a significant advance in reducing the role of fossil fuel investments in the college's endowment.  

Hampshire County gets ‘F’ in air quality rating; climate change a factor

In 2015, Hampshire County received a “C” rating for average days of dangerously high ozone levels from the American Lung Association in its annual “State of the Air” report — one of the best grades it’s ever been given.

Fast forward four years, and the organization’s most recent report has returned the county to the bottom of the list in Massachusetts — joining Barnstable, Bristol and neighboring Hampden counties with an “F” rating for too many days of high ozone levels.

Empowering Students on Climate Change - Gazette News Story

Smith College’s yearlong focus on climate change gives students tools and possibly hope in a warming world.  

The Climate Crisis is a Feminist Issue - Article by Prof. Carrie Baker

"While climate change impacts us all, its effects fall particularly hard on women and girls because of inequalities based not only on gender, but also on race, class and nationality. Globally, women and girls represent 70 percent of the total population living in poverty." Writes Prof. Carrie Baker in an article published in the Hampshire Gazette this week about how the climate crisis is distinctly a feminist issue.

One Student: Storm Lewis ’21

Storm Lewis ’21 is committed to addressing issues related to food justice and climate change. For her Mellon Mays project, she’s researching farm-share programs and food initiatives. She’s also helping to plan programming for Smith’s designated Year on Climate Change.

Climate Change and Social Justice

As part of the college's Year on Climate Change, the Smith community will gather this weekend for a major conference on “Climate Equity and Social Justice: Solutions in Action.”


Event Calendar

October 2019

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Cultivating Wisdom, Intimacy, and Response in a Warming World
General, Interactive & Maker Experiences, Training & Workshops
This program will focus on the cultivation of meditative skills in a supportive community atmosphere in order to develop a calm mind, kind heart, and wise action in this time of ecological crisis. Online and in person instruction will be based on Buddhist teachings and the emerging field of climate psychology. No experience necessary.
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Helen Hills Hills Chapel
 
Smith College's Fall Career Fair
Training & Workshops
This is an all-majors/all-industries event.  Companies who's work intersects with climate change and sustainability will be present.
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Indoor Track and Tennis (ITT)
 
Art Exhibition by Alumna Kate Whittaker: Journeys and Visual Poems
General
Journeys, an exhibit of paintings by Kate Whittaker (AC 1990), reflect impressions formed during her climate research travels to remote areas of the world. Patterns form landscapes, marks conjure ancestral presence, and ancient calligraphy evokes a shared heritage. The process can involve forty or more layers of paint, while accents of micaceous paint illuminate and grow quiet with the changing light. Visual Poems, in traditional scroll format, are a natural offshoot of these layered paintings and combine details of her paintings and photographs to form narratives of their own. Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm Street
 
Community Loom: An Invitation to an Artistic Meditation on our Biosphere in Autumn
General, Interactive & Maker Experiences
October 4-6; Campus Center Steps
Friday 1-8pm; Saturday 11-5pm; Sunday 12-2pm


Grasses, woody cuttings, and organic materials will be gathered for our use by Botanic Garden staff from across campus as the gardens are prepared for winter. These materials represent the biodiversity that surrounds us, and we invite you to participate in the process of creating a weaving on a loom with these materials both as a way of interacting viscerally with natural materials and experiencing ourselves as part of an interdependent community that creates together; the piece being greater than the sum of its parts.
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Campus Center
 
Stamp out Corruption: Call congress and make a postcard for climate action!
General, Interactive & Maker Experiences

October 4-6; Campus Center Atrium
Friday 4-7:30pm; Saturday 11-5pmSunday 10-1pm

Join us to call your representatives, write to congress and spam corporate executives! Learn about current environmental and climate issues sourced from the Climate Deregulation Tracker and the House Committee on Natural Resources - and take action! Drop in at any time to make a postcard using recycled scrap materials or make a phone call about climate change and climate justice related issues.

 
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
 
Climate Equity and Justice: Solutions in Action
Conference & Symposia, Lectures & Presentations
The opening conference of the Year on Climate Change, current student and faculty register for free here
All Day
Campus Center
 
Climate 101: Campus Sustainability: A Campus as Classroom Approach
Lectures & Presentations
12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
TBD
 
Community Loom: An Invitation to an Artistic Meditation on our Biosphere in Autumn
General, Interactive & Maker Experiences
October 4-6; Campus Center Steps
Friday 1-8pm; Saturday 11-5pm; Sunday 12-2pm


Grasses, woody cuttings, and organic materials will be gathered for our use by Botanic Garden staff from across campus as the gardens are prepared for winter. These materials represent the biodiversity that surrounds us, and we invite you to participate in the process of creating a weaving on a loom with these materials both as a way of interacting viscerally with natural materials and experiencing ourselves as part of an interdependent community that creates together; the piece being greater than the sum of its parts.
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Campus Center
 
Stamp out Corruption: Call congress and make a postcard for climate action!
General, Interactive & Maker Experiences

October 4-6; Campus Center Atrium
Friday 4-7:30pm; Saturday 11-5pmSunday 10-1pm

Join us to call your representatives, write to congress and spam corporate executives! Learn about current environmental and climate issues sourced from the Climate Deregulation Tracker and the House Committee on Natural Resources - and take action! Drop in at any time to make a postcard using recycled scrap materials or make a phone call about climate change and climate justice related issues.

 
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
 
Climate Equity and Justice: Solutions in Action
Conference & Symposia, Lectures & Presentations
The opening conference of the Year on Climate Change, current student and faculty register for free here
All Day
Campus Center
 
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Stamp out Corruption: Call congress and make a postcard for climate action!
General, Interactive & Maker Experiences

October 4-6; Campus Center Atrium
Friday 4-7:30pm; Saturday 11-5pmSunday 10-1pm

Join us to call your representatives, write to congress and spam corporate executives! Learn about current environmental and climate issues sourced from the Climate Deregulation Tracker and the House Committee on Natural Resources - and take action! Drop in at any time to make a postcard using recycled scrap materials or make a phone call about climate change and climate justice related issues.

 
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
 
Climate Equity and Justice: Solutions in Action
Conference & Symposia, Lectures & Presentations
The opening conference of the Year on Climate Change, current student and faculty register for free here
All Day
Campus Center
 
Art Meets Climate Equity - A multisensory tour experience exploring connections between art and climate justice
Concerts & Performances, Lectures & Presentations

Meet at the Smith College Museum of Art for a multisensory experience exploring connections between art and climate justice. SCMA Student Museum Educators will guide participants to explore the ways in which artists through time have inspired broader awareness and action in response to climate change. Engage in dialogue, writing reflection, sketching and more during this interactive tour in the galleries of the museum! 

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Smith College Art Museum
 
 
 
Cultivating Wisdom, Intimacy, and Response in a Warming World
General, Interactive & Maker Experiences, Training & Workshops
This program will focus on the cultivation of meditative skills in a supportive community atmosphere in order to develop a calm mind, kind heart, and wise action in this time of ecological crisis. Online and in person instruction will be based on Buddhist teachings and the emerging field of climate psychology. No experience necessary.
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Helen Hills Hills Chapel
 
Climate 101 Series - The Smith College District Energy Master Plan
General, Lectures & Presentations

Sometimes, engineers have to plan their way out of difficult situations, like carbon neutrality. Sometimes they have to solve a problem that they created years ago. Come join Prof. McKahn to talk about the history of district energy on Smith's campus and how students have been engaged in shaping a carbon neutral future. You will learn about renewable energy conversion strategies deployed on campus and what the future of Smith energy production might look like.

Lunch provided.

 

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm
Ford Hall room 240
 
Art Exhibition by Alumna Kate Whittaker: Journeys and Visual Poems
General
Journeys, an exhibit of paintings by Kate Whittaker (AC 1990), reflect impressions formed during her climate research travels to remote areas of the world. Patterns form landscapes, marks conjure ancestral presence, and ancient calligraphy evokes a shared heritage. The process can involve forty or more layers of paint, while accents of micaceous paint illuminate and grow quiet with the changing light. Visual Poems, in traditional scroll format, are a natural offshoot of these layered paintings and combine details of her paintings and photographs to form narratives of their own. Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm Street
 
 
 
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Climate Inherits Us All - Kahn Institute Short-Term Project
Lectures & Presentations, Training & Workshops

Kahn Institute Short-Term Project with Professors Elisa Kim, Art Department and Dana Leibsohn, Art Department and Progrma in Latin American and Latino/a Studies.  

How we accept (or refuse) that which is bequeathed. These themes—and their implications—anchor this short-term Kahn project. Our interest lies with the metaphorical and affective work of the phrase “to inherit” as well as with clearly traceable physical and physiological practices.

5:00 pm
Kahn Institute
 
 
Cultivating Wisdom, Intimacy, and Response in a Warming World
General, Interactive & Maker Experiences, Training & Workshops
This program will focus on the cultivation of meditative skills in a supportive community atmosphere in order to develop a calm mind, kind heart, and wise action in this time of ecological crisis. Online and in person instruction will be based on Buddhist teachings and the emerging field of climate psychology. No experience necessary.
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Helen Hills Hills Chapel
 
Art Exhibition by Alumna Kate Whittaker: Journeys and Visual Poems
General
Journeys, an exhibit of paintings by Kate Whittaker (AC 1990), reflect impressions formed during her climate research travels to remote areas of the world. Patterns form landscapes, marks conjure ancestral presence, and ancient calligraphy evokes a shared heritage. The process can involve forty or more layers of paint, while accents of micaceous paint illuminate and grow quiet with the changing light. Visual Poems, in traditional scroll format, are a natural offshoot of these layered paintings and combine details of her paintings and photographs to form narratives of their own. Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm Street
 
 
 
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Cultivating Wisdom, Intimacy, and Response in a Warming World
General, Interactive & Maker Experiences, Training & Workshops
This program will focus on the cultivation of meditative skills in a supportive community atmosphere in order to develop a calm mind, kind heart, and wise action in this time of ecological crisis. Online and in person instruction will be based on Buddhist teachings and the emerging field of climate psychology. No experience necessary.
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Helen Hills Hills Chapel
 
Art Exhibition by Alumna Kate Whittaker: Journeys and Visual Poems
General
Journeys, an exhibit of paintings by Kate Whittaker (AC 1990), reflect impressions formed during her climate research travels to remote areas of the world. Patterns form landscapes, marks conjure ancestral presence, and ancient calligraphy evokes a shared heritage. The process can involve forty or more layers of paint, while accents of micaceous paint illuminate and grow quiet with the changing light. Visual Poems, in traditional scroll format, are a natural offshoot of these layered paintings and combine details of her paintings and photographs to form narratives of their own. Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm Street
 
 
 
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Halloween Workshop
Training & Workshops
Start Halloween at the Design Thinking Initiative with costumes, pumpkins, and candy! Last minute costume needs? We’ve got you covered- make your own costume or modify your current costume with LEDs and upcycled materials.
6:00 pm
Capen Annex: Design Thinking
 
Cultivating Wisdom, Intimacy, and Response in a Warming World
General, Interactive & Maker Experiences, Training & Workshops
This program will focus on the cultivation of meditative skills in a supportive community atmosphere in order to develop a calm mind, kind heart, and wise action in this time of ecological crisis. Online and in person instruction will be based on Buddhist teachings and the emerging field of climate psychology. No experience necessary.
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Helen Hills Hills Chapel
 
Art Exhibition by Alumna Kate Whittaker: Journeys and Visual Poems
General
Journeys, an exhibit of paintings by Kate Whittaker (AC 1990), reflect impressions formed during her climate research travels to remote areas of the world. Patterns form landscapes, marks conjure ancestral presence, and ancient calligraphy evokes a shared heritage. The process can involve forty or more layers of paint, while accents of micaceous paint illuminate and grow quiet with the changing light. Visual Poems, in traditional scroll format, are a natural offshoot of these layered paintings and combine details of her paintings and photographs to form narratives of their own. Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm Street