Engineering for a Sustainable World at Smith (ESW@Smith) is a project-oriented student organization that focuses on creating a more sustainable campus and community. Students from all majors and class years work together to:

  • design and implement sustainable projects on Smith Campus and/or in the Northampton community;
  • furnish members with practical engineering and sustainable design skills;
  • educate the community about sustainable practices;
  • and contribute to a global network of communities with a shared culture of sustainability.


ESW-Smith was established as a collegiate chapter of the national non-profit Engineers for a Sustainable World in 2005. Many of the org’s early projects were audits and assessments of sustainability initiatives on campus i.e. the types and usage of bike racks. In May 2012 ESW-Smith was awarded the Sustainable Leadership Award from Smith’s Student Government Association for our work on the Cargo Cycle project for Dining Services. Since then, more and more projects have succeeded and the future is looking bright!

What We Do Currently

As a project-based organization, our org focuses on working on projects every Sunday at 12-1 PM in Ford 024 (Playground). Projects are chosen at the beginning of the semester by attending members and pursued until Reading Period. Read more about our past and current projects!

Because not every Smithie can commit to a semester-long project, ESW hosts workshops to practice technical skills and apply them to mini sustainability projects. Read more about our workshops!

ESW hosts events (lectures, field trips) to augment practical applications of knowledge. See what we have done recently here!


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