Smith College Admission Academics Student Life About Smith news Offices
Smith eDigest
Submit an Idea
Five College Calendar
News Publications
Planning an Event
Contact Us

Starting Small: Sustainability Initiatives

As a result of the college’s commitment, numerous conservation initiatives small and large have been launched or are in the planning stages. The college’s repertoire of recycling efforts is continuously expanding. In addition to the cardboard, glass, plastic and paper that have been collected and sold for re-use for many years, Smith recycles furniture, mattresses, doors, carpeting, computers, books and a list of miscellaneous items.

Other examples of recycling, reduction of energy use and heightened environmental consciousness at Smith include:

In late May, when departing students left behind more than six tons and several thousand dollars worth of apparel in their residences (as they do every year), Smith’s Physical Plant personnel collected the garments and organized a donation to victims of the December 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

This year, more than 240 75-watt incandescent lightbulbs will be replaced with 16-watt fluorescent lights in Smith student houses, significantly reducing the college’s energy load and saving more than 88,000 kilowatts of electricity and $7,300 a year.

In 2004-05, Smith collected and sold or donated more than 500 tons of recycled cardboard, bottles and cans, and paper.

Two years ago, Smith’s Information Technology Services began activating power-saving options on the college’s computers, which automatically shuts them down when not in use, saving more than $60,000 a year and conserving hundreds of thousands of kilowatt hours -- enough electricity to power several hundred U.S. homes for a month.

During the 2004-05 academic year, more than 1,800 students signed a petition in support of clean energy at Smith.

DirectoryCalendarCampus MapContact UsSite A-Z