Green Smith
Office of Campus Sustainability
Operational Initiatives
Student sustainability
Alumnae Initiatives
Operational Initiatives

Buildings and Grounds

Building Maintenance

Smith began a transition to green cleaning products in 2004. Since then, staff has tested more products and is using them in increasing quantities. We currently use cleaning chemicals that meet or exceed Green Seal guidelines or are certified for cleaning the majority of areas that do not require disinfecting, such as offices, common spaces and classrooms.

As we replace floor cleaning equipment (auto-scrubbers and carpet cleaners) we are purchasing items that are industry certified as "green machines," which means that they use 70 percent less water than traditional models.

Ford Hall (Smith's new LEED-certified science and engineering building) uses comprehensive "green cleaning" processes, equipment, chemicals and floor sealers.

Building Services has also taken the following steps to move toward sustainability: