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EVS 300


Environmental Science and Policy


A sense of connection between individuals and the environment is essential in order for people to be willing to make environmentally sustainable decisions. Yet connection to the environment is difficult to establish within a society that demands busyness: the stress people experience due to the busyness of this culture prevents people from connecting with nature, and thus prevents many from making responsible decisions regarding the environment. Extreme consequences of stress, mental imbalance and illness further alienate individuals from the environment. Investigating the ‘culture of stress’1 at Smith College, my objectives included: determining whether a majority of students experience stress due to Smith; assessing whether the effects of stress on Smith students deepen their disconnection with the environment and shape irresponsible behaviors that affect the environment; and investigating what is being done at Smith College to promote wellness of students.


© 2005; Sonja Halterman