In 1886, Florence Merriam Bailey, a student concerned about the plight of birds, started the Smith College Audubon Society and began weaving the fabric of sustainability at Smith that can now be found across all aspects of the college—in academics, operations, research and student life. Smith prepares women through active learning and societal engagement to foster and lead sustainable, just communities and to make significant and lasting contributions to address the critical issues of the times. Like Florence, students are frequently at the heart of sustainability issues on campus. You’ll find their stories throughout these pages.
Explore Sustainability at Smith
Saving the Mountain Magnolia
Climate change has put Magnolia fraseri on an “escalator to extinction” in its native Appalachian mountains. Can Smith researchers figure out how to give the species a future?
Carbon Neutral by 2030
Genia Rogers ’25 recently interned with Domini, a women-led mutual fund firm that combines investing with positive impacts on the planet. Here’s what she had to say about discovering the far reaches of environmental work.