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EVS 300


Environmental Science and Policy


In the Bass Hall Environmental Resource Center there are two large binders containing approximately one thousand pages of research and recommendations for improving sustainability at Smith College and in the surrounding community. When I first studied these reports, I noticed that certain issues were addressed again and again throughout the five years represented by the collected papers. I became interested in seeing if these recurring themes were tracking the progress of sustainability efforts or merely beating a dead horse. The fact is, it is a little of both. There is progress and there is retrenchment, some of the reports offer recommendations that have become part of the sustainability program here at Smith and others are waiting for their time to come. I am interested in determining what factors support the implementation of student research recommendations.


© 2008; Ellen Kreitmeier

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