Green Smith
Office of Environmental Sustainability
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Student sustainability
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Student Groups & Activities

Bicycle Kitchen

Spokesperson: Dana Eliot

The Bicycle Kitchen’s most direct mission is to provide Smith Collegewith bicycle rentals and bike maintenance education. More broadly, we see the Bicycle Kitchen as a forum for providing a form of environmentally friendly transportation and promoting bike love in all aspects. The Bicycle Kitchen is located in the basement of the gym, past the pool entrance.

BikeFix'n hours happen twice a week for two hours at a time.  The hours change every semester and can be found on our website. We help people learn how to fix their own bikes so that students do not have to rely on bike maintenance services. Common problems include, but are not limited to; flat tire repairs, chain cleaning, breaks, shifting, and general bike cleaning.

We occasionally host more formal workshops this semester. Topics will include how to ride a bike, how to change a flat, basic mechanical skills and more. We are also hoping to host fun activities like group rides around the valley, craft workshops and movie nights.  Anyone interested in Bike Kitchen should come to fix'n hours or email us at

Green Team

President: Siiri Bigalke

Green Team is the action arm of the Smith College Committee on Sustainability. We are a coalition of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to implementing sustainable initiatives at Smith. If you want to be part of Smith’s green story, we welcome you to join us for lunch every other Tuesday at CEEDS! This semester we are working on changing College policy as it relates to oil, planning for our big Earth Day event, and collaborating with Sustainability Reps on house initiatives like compost and recycling awareness. Meetings are held every Tuesday over the lunch hour at CEEDS.

Engineers for a Sustainable World - Smith Chapter

President: Brittany Bennett

The Smith Chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World was founded in 2005 and has since worked on projects both on campus, in the surrounding community, and in Haiti. We seek to bring together students from different backgrounds and majors to work on projects that can make a positive difference and raise environmental awareness in the surrounding community and on Smith campus.

Currently we are working on several projects. On campus, we are working on a cargo cycle for dining services and an assessment of water contamination from lawn chemicals. Off campus, we are collaborating with the ESW chapter of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to design a sustainable building from shipping containers in Haiti. If you are interested in learning more about our organization or projects, please contact us at

Global Action Against Poverty (GAAPE)

President: Sarah Gaffney

Global Action Against Poverty Everywhere (GAAPE) raises awareness throughout the campus and community on the topic of extreme global poverty and the many subsequent issues which arise from the examination of poverty in a holistic manner. These include health issues, access to clean water and sanitation, education, women's empowerment, etc. We also raise funds for various nonprofit organizations working toward a more developed world.

In past years, we sponsored a Human Rights Coffeehouse, where students learned about the food situation in Amherst and Haiti. We also have collaborated with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Permaculture Committee, responsible for the transforming the ¼ acre grass landscape into a productive and low maintenance garden in our efforts to raise awareness about environmental issues and provide community service opportunities to students in the Five-College community. Last November, made notepads from recycled paper, which were donated to the Literacy Project located in downtown Northampton. For more information on events and membership, please email

Smith College Community Garden

Contact: Laura Sheys

The Smith College Community Garden works a plot of land between Northrup-Gillett and Lamont Houses. Throughout the summer students raise arugula, red oak leaf lettuce, radishes, kale, herbs, beets, carrots and much more! They have a lot of fun projects planned for this year and would love for you to get involved! Email Laura to find out when Spring meetings and workshops will be held.

Students for Social Justice and Institutional Change

Contact: Kristen Rosa

Students for Social Justice and Institutional Change is a non-hierarchical umbrella social justice organization at Smith with working groups for a variety of social justice issues. Working groups for the 2010-2011 year include: Queers and Allies, Economic Justice, Free Thinkers (Secular/Non-religious student alliance), the School of Americas Watch, White Students Confronting Racism, and Environmental Justice/Mountaintop Removal. People are always welcome to join existing working groups or propose new ones!