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EVS 300


Environmental Science and Policy


This project was an inquiry into the environmental awareness, in terms of behavior and beliefs, for graduating seniors of Smith College. Nineteen seniors were surveyed with a number of questions; some yes/no questions, and other open-ended questions, along with a ranking system at the end of the survey. The findings support my hypothesis that Smith College has far to go in becoming a pioneer in being green. Additionally, growth in awareness appears to have a bottom-up effect, with students pushing for policies and practices that support environmentalism; rather than a top-down effect with administration pushing for a more environmentally conscious and aware student body. While there are many courses offered at Smith College with at least some environmental content, my recommendations consist of specific courses added to the curriculum for the early stages of education at the institution. Additionally I make recommendations (many of which were recommended by the respondents) for smaller courses of action in order for Smith College to portray, and therefore encourage an environmental awareness that will lead to behaviors than may change the state of the world.


© 2004; Alicia L. Simonti