SMC In Focus

SMC In Focus

A bi-monthly newsletter connecting the Santa Monica College community. Celebrating endless possibilities, innovation, and resilience.

For the Love of the Earth

Volume X, Issue 2, April 18, 2024
Ahead of Earth Week, SMC in Focus proudly features several stories highlighting Santa Monica College’s commitment to sustainability and safeguarding a better future for our planet and future generations: the first microforest at a U.S. community college, extra-credit workshops that teach students to advocate for and love the planet, a GIS professor who is passing on her passion, and a recycling program specialist who is “traffic control for all campus waste.” Enjoy, be inspired, join us!


Fighting Climate Change with Extra Credit

For faculty who care about the planet, there’s an easy way to make a difference: simply offer your students extra credit. SustainableWorks does the rest.

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Planting SMC's Microfest

Microforest, Macro Advantages

SMC is planting a small preserve of trees and native plants to yield significant benefits for the environment, students and the city.

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Counselor and student

Industry Interaction

Ecommerce leader Recharge has launched a program of mentorship and support for students in SMC’s Interaction Design bachelor’s degree program.

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Jing Liu in the Geography Lab

A Map Made in Heaven

For geography/GIS professor Jing Liu, every day is Earth Day. She has helped create GIS offerings at the college, and passes on her palpable love for the earth.

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Carlson Hatton

Bragging Rights

An Art Professor designs beautiful earthenware with his parents. SMC Theatre Arts students win prestigious KCACTF awards. A STEM student wins an exciting internship.

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Kenny at SMC Start Up

Recyclo-pedic Knowledge

From conducting “waste audits” to demystifying the “magic” of vermiculture, Kenny Derieg spends all-day, every-day making SMC a little greener.

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SMC In the News

Rotary Santa Monica Raises Over $21,000 for SMC Guardian Scholars

SMC Law Pathway Program honored with Diversity Champion Award

The Corsair Wins Dozens of National and Regional Awards

SMC, Chamber Take Plunge Into Ocean Economy

Culture Clash comes to SMC

Designer looks to open opportunities with SMC collab

Sustainability at SMC

Aquaculture at SMC