The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability (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.
We work to integrate sustainable practices into Smith’s operations and 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.
The mission of CEEDS is to catalyze, enable, and support campus inquiry and action toward positive sustainable change at Smith and in the world by engaging our community through academics, college operations, co-curricular programming, and research.
We support the Environmental Science and Policy program, offer the Environmental Concentration, act as an internal consultant for sustainable operations, manage the MacLeish Field Station, direct the Spatial Analysis Lab, host numerous internships and independent studies, offer a welcoming space for people to gather, connect, and learn, and are an intersection for students and faculty to explore how and where to make change.
Meet the Team
Engaging with CEEDS
Explore Smith’s various sustainability-related academic pathways.
- Environmental Science and Policy Major
- Environmental Concentration
- Sustainability-oriented Special Studies with close support from ES&P faculty or CEEDS staff
Learn more about the variety of options in Academics on the Sustainable Smith site or come visit us in CEEDS to chat about your interests.
Work-Study Positions & Spot Jobs
During the academic year and summer, CEEDS hosts a variety of work-study positions and internships such as:
- CEEDS Programming and Communications Internships
- Smithcycle and Eco-Reps Program coordinators
- Periodic short-term jobs such as zero waste ambassadors
Adventures and Events
CEEDS hosts programming to help students get access to, play in, and learn about our natural environment. We lead birding, mushroom hunting, snowshoeing tours, do apple cider pressing, and much more. Lean about all our events, lectures, and workshops by visiting the events page.
Visit Get Involved on the Sustainable Smith site for more ways to participate.
Partnering with CEEDS as a student
CEEDS collaborates with and supports students in all manner of pursuits. Examples include:
- One-on-one academic and career advising
- Support for student organizations and student-led initiatives such as Sunrise Movement
- Co-designing and supporting special studies and research
- Hosting outdoor events such as mushroom hunting, birding, snowshoeing, campfire-making and more.
If you are interested in collaborating with CEEDS in these or other ways, please reach out!
Smith’s faculty are continually involved in cutting-edge research that enriches society, and faculty research shapes the content of course offerings for students. CEEDS encourages and supports faculty throughout the college in numerous ways with the goal of expanding and deepening sustainability research, embedding sustainability concepts into courses, and creating authentic learning experiences for students.
In addition to our Curricular Enhancement Grants and Faculty Research Fellowships we can tailor our work with you in a number of ways to help deliver great learning opportunities to your students.
Reach out to email@example.com to start the process.
CEEDS staff are available to offer traditional and non-traditional support and partnership for teaching and learning at Smith. We have helped faculty by:
Co-producing amateur videos (with closed captions) of topically relevant videos to support asynchronous learning. See an example here.
Filming virtual tours that are content specific on campus or in the greater Connecticut River Valley such as local farms, energy systems, and businesses (e.g. Mill River, Barstow Farm, Northampton wastewater treatment plant, Holyoke Dam, and hydroelectric facilities). We can film you or others at one or multiple locations and provide video editing
Collaborating to identify and secure guest speakers on content-specific topics at the intersection of faculty expertise and sustainability, including data science, psychology, government and policy, economics, film, indigenous studies, and much more.
Identifying or recommending data sets and text or media materials to support your assignments.
Supplying real campus or community challenges or opportunities to be used as case studies or problem prompts for course work.
Providing in-course student support for individual or group work. For years CEEDS has supported courses such as Interpreting and Communicating Environmental Information, Psychology of Climate Change, and Critical Design Thinking by supplying project prompts, advising, professional support, and more.
CEEDS is lucky to be situated adjacent to the library and Burton lawn. Our sunny conference room is available, by arrangement, for student organizations, classes, and small meetings. Please contact CEEDS at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We have recently installed an art wall where we will be showcasing student work developed in courses or in their free time.