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Environmental Science and Policy


As an institute of higher education Smith College has an important image to uphold. Much of this image comes from the appearance of the college and the grounds on which it is located. The buildings and the grounds must be appealing and kept up in order to make the college attractive. A large part of up-keeping the grounds comes with keeping trees pruned, plants in order, and keeping the lawns green and weed-free. A very easy and much used way of achieving this goal is through the application of a variety of chemicals, ranging from insecticides and fungicides to herbicides and fertilizers. The effect of the chemicals appears to be a beautiful green carpet that students love to play Frisbee on, that local children enjoy playing on, and on which families have picnics. However, this is only part of the picture. The grounds of Smith College are connected to the ecosystem of the Northampton area. Any chemicals applied to the grounds have an impact on the surrounding ecosystems, and like many similar institutions, Smith College may not consider the implications of applying these chemicals.


© 2003 Ilana Moir