Sustainability at the Smithsonian

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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Harnessing the Wisdom of Indigenous Communities for Marine Conservation

A swarm of yellow fish and silver fish with yellow tailfins swim around a coral reef

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Adult Fish Aren't Truly 'Protected' in Many Marine Protected Areas

American bison

Earth Optimism

Six Animals the Smithsonian Has Helped Save From Extinction

Black monkey perches in a tree staring directly at camera

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Eight Weird and Wondrous Discoveries From 2023

Underwater photo of a pink and gold coral reef in bright blue water, with small blue and yellow fish. A blurry reflection of the reef appears in the water at the top of the photo.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

New Study Reveals Large Holes In America’s Ocean Protection. Here’s How We Can Fix Them.

Joshua Tewksbury

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Why the World Needs a Standard Measure for Counting Carbon

a collage of four images of educators; one is holding a blue crab, one is holding a bullfrog at night, one is taking a picture of an oyster basket, one is holding a crab with large plastic tweezers by the side of a river

Smithsonian Education

Educators from Across the Country Convene on the Chesapeake Bay with a Network of Fellow 'Earth Optimists'

Sustainability News From Smithsonian Magazine

Workers install solar panels on the roof of King's College Chapel in Cambridge, England.

SMART NEWS

How King's College Added 438 Solar Panels to a 500-Year-Old Chapel

The Aria Resort & Casino, a striking pair of curved buildings on the Las Vegas Strip, bills itself as eco-friendly and water-efficient.

INNOVATION

Las Vegas Is Going All In on Its Water Conservation Plan

Minerals and algae form patterns in the scalding hot water at Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park's Midway Geyser Basin. Yellowstone National Park has more than 10,000 thermal features, making it the largest concentration of active geysers in the world.

INNOVATION

How a Microbe From Yellowstone's Hot Springs Could Help Feed the World

One potential tool to combat the growing affordable housing problem, which the National Low Income Housing Coalition says has grown to a need for more than 7 million homes, is 3D printing.

INNOVATION

Can 3D Printing Help Address the Affordable Housing Crisis in the United States?

A dugong, also known as a sea cow, in a protected marine reserve in the Philippines. On the mammal’s underside, remora fish snack on parasites—and dugong poop.

SCIENCE

The Dugong, a Huggable, Seagrass-Loving Sea Cow, Has a New Best Friend: Drones

Climate Change News

Bleached corals in the Great Barrier Reef during a previous mass bleaching event.

SMART NEWS

The World's Fourth Mass Coral Bleaching Event Is Underway—and It Could Become the Worst One Yet

Climbers collect garbage from Mount Everest in 2020. In recent years, officials have implemented new regulations to help reduce trash on the mountain.

SMART NEWS

The Nepali Army Is Removing Trash and Bodies From Mount Everest

Workers install solar panels on the roof of King's College Chapel in Cambridge, England.

SMART NEWS

How King's College Added 438 Solar Panels to a 500-Year-Old Chapel

Antarctic meteorite (HUT 18036) is found partially submerged in ice, as opposed to resting atop the surface. 

SMART NEWS

Meteorites Are Becoming Harder to Find as They Sink Into Antarctica's Melting Ice

Researchers from the University of Washington conducted an initial experiment of cloud brightening technology in Alameda, California, on San Francisco Bay.

SMART NEWS

A Secretive Experiment Released Salt Crystals Over San Francisco Bay—Could It Help Curb Warming?

A coal power plant in Germany.

SMART NEWS

80 Percent of Global CO2 Emissions Come From Just 57 Companies, Report Shows

Methane plumes observed at a Louisiana landfill during the study. More than 14 percent of U.S. methane emissions were reported to have come from landfills in 2021.

SMART NEWS

More Than Half of U.S. Landfills May Be Methane 'Super-Emitters,' Study Finds