Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
The Lorax.

Fall 2017: September 17 – December 4, 2017
Build a team of 2-5 people. This can be students from multiple houses. Come up with an idea that will encourage sustainable practices and behaviors. Pilot Proposals Due December 4th (midnight). Five Finalists will win $500 to pilot and test their program.
Spring 2018: January 25 – April 13, 2018
Finalists will have from January 25-April 13 2018 to further develop their idea. Event organizers will check in to assess progress and the staff of the Design Thinking Initiative will be available during the pilot period to assist with brainstorming and prototyping. Final plan due April 13th (midnight). Presentations and winners announced the week of April 16th. $1000 Grand Prize to the winning house, and the opportunity to work with the Office of Campus Sustainability the following year to implement the solution campus-wide.

Download Proposal InstructionsView the house sustainability slide show

Resources for Proposal Inspiration

Smith Action Plans

Zeri: Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives

THE FIVE CORE PRINCIPLES of Sustain-ability Buckminster Fuller Institute

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Get support as you go

  • How to know if your idea is financially viable?

    Contact Randall Bartlett, Professor of Economics. He is happy to be a resource for teams. Meet with him during his office hours at Pierce Hall 102 Monday 4-5 and Wednesday 3-4. Or email rbartlet@smith.edu

  • Speak to reps of the challenge in person

    Stop by the lower level of the Campus Center THURSDAYS FROM 12-1pm through November 30th. Come to learn more and leave with inspirations!

  • Go through a design thinking process

    Get idea generation support! Special Studies Student, Angie Gregory, studying with the Design Thinking Initiative, will be at 25A Henshaw Ave (Capen Annex and home of the Design Thinking Initiative) Thursdays 1-2pm. Or email ajgregory@smith.edu

  • November 6th: Innovative Strategies Workshop

    Workshop hosted by the Conway Center with Jenn Maer ’93, Design Director at IDEO. 5—6:30 p.m., CC103/104. Jenn will present a case study of IDEO’s engagement with The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. She will also workshop IDEO’s approach to creating positive impact through design for pressing problems identified by students. Dinner provided. RSVP: https://smith.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1321666


  • Office of Campus Sustainability