Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.36
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

Smith College
PRE-2: Points of Distinction

Status Score Responsible Party
N/A Rachael Wein
Assistant Director of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
2019/2020 Academic themed year on climate change

A brief description of the institution’s featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:

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 their 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 programming throughout the year.


Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Curriculum
Campus Engagement
Air & Climate
Food & Dining
Grounds
Coordination & Planning
Investment & Finance

Website URL where more information about the accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
EN 5

A photograph or document associated with the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
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Name of a second highlighted sustainability program/initiative/accomplishment:
Pilot Geothermal borehole for future geothermal field

A brief description of the second program/initiative/accomplishment:

During the fall of 2019, a test borehole was drilled on campus for engineering design purposes related to the development of a District Energy Master Plan that will help Smith meet its carbon neutrality goal. The geothermal well will be connected to the Smith Field house, which currently consumes fuel oil, for heating and cooling. Significant modifications have been and will continue to be made to a suite of courses offered at Smith across a wide range of disciplines to incorporate this activity into the learning process. This demonstration project has been a central element to the campus-wide themed year on Climate Change in 2019-2020. Outreach opportunities will be expanded to incorporate this demonstration project through K-5 after school programs as well as intensive summer programs for high school women interested in STEM.


Which impact areas does the second program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Curriculum
Research
Energy

Website URL where more information about the second program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the second program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
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A photograph or document associated with the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
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Name of a third highlighted program/initiative/accomplishment:
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A brief description of the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
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Which impact areas does the third program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
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Website URL where more information about the third program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
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STARS credit in which the third program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
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