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Environmental Science and Policy


Paulette Peckol and Gregory White


This project investigates how well the Campus Parking Master Plan has been implemented at Smith College. To address this project, I partnered with current classmate Lauren Bachtel. Together we conducted interviews with James Lowenthal, Chair of Smith’s Sustainability Committee, and Paul Ominsky, Director of Public Safety. We also thoroughly analyzed the Campus Parking Master Plan, which was drafted for Smith College by consultants Fuss and O’Neill in February 2007. We found that drafting of the Campus Parking Master Plan was done primarily to confirm construction of Ford Hall, as well as a push from Smith College faculty and staff to decrease the demand for parking, rather than increase the supply of parking spaces. We found that while most of the programs outlined in the Campus Parking Master Plan are successful in reducing parking on campus, there is definitely room for improvement. Overall, our findings indicate that while the Campus Parking Master Plan was drafted for economic reasons, it was done so with environmental sustainability in mind. Therefore it is a great starting point toward achieving sustainable transportation at Smith College.


© 2008; Krista Matatt