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ENV 312: Sustainable Solutions


Environmental Science and Policy


Camille Washington-Ottombre


climate justice, landscape, safe spaces, decolonization, visioning


While Smith College has taken action to address climate change and improve sustainability, little attention has been given to implementing climate justice within the physical campus landscape. This project sought to design ways by which this topic could be made more concrete. We engaged in rigorous research via a literature review and interviews with faculty and staff stakeholders. Our research findings helped frame our understanding of the context and enabled us to craft a concept for our project experimentation: creating a safe space for students of color to express their views on Smith’s current landscape and suggest future changes. Then we facilitated a visioning exercise with BIPOC students where we used collaborative mapmaking to reimagine the landscape. Using students’ suggestions from that exercise, we recommend six potential projects that are geared towards improving the campus and promoting safe spaces for BIPOC students in the physical landscape of Smith College.


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