Reason #3 You Should Visit
Class of 2018
Astronomy and environmental science & policy double major
I have fully embraced the liberal arts mentality at Smith in both my studies and my activities. As an intern with the campus sustainability office, I’m conducting research on carbon offsets for the Community Climate Fund. A carbon offset is a way to invest in renewable energy, clean technology and efficiency and receive a carbon credit toward achieving full carbon-neutrality. The goal of this fund is to help local businesses and nonprofits invest in a sustainable infrastructure, which saves them money, helps the environment and generates carbon offsets that Smith can use to reach its carbon-neutrality goal of 2030.
“I have fully embraced the liberal arts mentality at Smith in both my studies and my activities.”
I also interned in the Office of the Chief Economist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). I worked on an international collaboration of NOAA, Conservation International and the Natural Capital Coalition to develop the Ocean Supplement to the Natural Capital Protocol. Essentially, it is a framework for businesses to assess and value natural capital to make informed decisions that lead to more efficient and sustainable businesses. My role in the project was to establish the foundation for the ocean supplement by identifying the key sectors of the diverse and expansive ocean economy and how the sectors impact and depend on the ocean.