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EVS 300


Environmental Science and Policy


In order to accommodate the growing science and engineering programs at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, plans for a new science building have been made, with scheduled groundbreaking to begin in spring 2006. Through interviews with key figures in the science departments and physical plant, information was gathered that would allow for increasing sustainability plans for the new chemistry and engineering building. Using the science building’s projected LEED scorecard, sustainability options in the following categories were explored: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process. A close analysis involving ways in which sustainable technology from each of these categories could be implemented into the building followed. Smith College can indeed build a sustainable LEED certified chemistry and engineering building, especially if technology such as a microturbine, central vacuum system, renewable energy resources and recycled material are used. Smith College should use the sustainable construction of the first building as a tool in approaching future building projects on campus.


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Project assisted by: Jessica Hill and Amanda Wenczel