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EVS 300


Environmental Science and Policy


This project was created to examine “green” possibilities for Smith College’s new engineering and chemistry building. We propose that this building can be “green” and have provided sustainable options available for the construction and use of the building. In order to supply the college with options, we conducted interviews and reviewed the LEED certification requirements. As we were gathering information, we were given a LEED scorecard that showed what points Smith could easily gain, what points Smith unattainable for this project, and questionable points. We decided to focus our research on these questionable points because those are the crucial points, which will put sustainability at the forefront of Smith’s decision-making. After reviewing the places where Smith could change, we found the best options for the project and the college. Many of these were based on the location of the college, programs within the building, and the site for construction. We decided that most of the questionable answers could be changed into yes answers raising Smith’s score and level of LEED certification. These results could influence the construction of the building in question, and may also influence further development at Smith College, as well as provide the college with an educational tool for further research. On a wider scale, the results could influence future development at other schools or institutions, providing an example of sustainable building construction. ©


© 2004; Amanda Wenczel


Project in collaboration with Allison Crosby and Jessica Hill