Sustainability at the Smithsonian

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'

Dr. Ruth Bennett holding Summer Tanager

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Drink Coffee, Eat Chocolate, Save Birds!

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Your IMPACT | Your Smithsonian

Air, Land and Sea: New Tools for Resilience

Four key actions

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

The Key to Ocean Conservation May Lie with the Tropical Majority

Earth Optimism

Starting a Summer of Sustainability

Even tiny organisms can have a large effect.

Earth Optimism

Meet Some Small Creatures That Have Big Impacts on Our Ecosystems

Earth Optimism

5 Creative Approaches to Science and Sustainability

Sustainability News From Smithsonian Magazine

Could this innovation provide a solution to one of our era’s biggest scourges?

INNOVATION

Scientists Have Created Synthetic Sponges That Soak Up Microplastics

Consumer products made from carbon capture can't undo the damage we’ve done to our planet—but each of them exists thanks to innovations that could. 

INNOVATION

Little Luxuries Made With Captured Pollution Hint at Big Frontiers in Climate Science

A train in Austria displays an ad for the Klimaticket.

SMART NEWS

Austria Offers Free Rail Travel in Exchange for Getting a Tattoo

House Between Forest and Field in Dutchess County, New York, was designed by nARCHITECTS, the winner of this year's National Design Award for architecture.

SMART NEWS

Meet the Innovative Winners of This Year's National Design Awards

The new Orient Express La Dolce Vita train, which is set to launch next year, is one part of Italy's new train tourism strategy.

SMART NEWS

Grappling With Climate Change and Overtourism, Italy Is Betting Big on Train Travel

Climate Change News

The now-extinct golden toad in a 1978 picture taken in Costa Rica.

SMART NEWS

Climate Change Is Pushing Many of the World's Amphibians Closer to Extinction

Adult dugong swimming and feeding in the shallow water of the Red Sea. 

SMART NEWS

Dugong Populations Are Declining in the Great Barrier Reef, Study Finds

Sheets of ice on top of the ocean in the Antarctic, photographed in February 2000. Sea ice reflects most of the sun's radiation that hits it, keeping the polar regions cool.

SMART NEWS

Antarctic Winter Sea Ice Hits a Record Low 'by a Wide Margin'

Warming spurred by Earth's next supercontinent could lead to widespread desert conditions, a new modeling study suggests. Pictured is the Tengger Desert in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China.

SMART NEWS

Earth's Next Supercontinent Could Wipe Out Mammals in 250 Million Years

Consumer products made from carbon capture can't undo the damage we’ve done to our planet—but each of them exists thanks to innovations that could. 

INNOVATION

Little Luxuries Made With Captured Pollution Hint at Big Frontiers in Climate Science

A quarry in the Cerro Blanco Forest in southern Ecuador, which is facing threats from construction and deforestation.

SMART NEWS

Humans Have Exceeded Six of the Nine Boundaries Keeping Earth Habitable

An advertisement for California citrus, circa 1920

HISTORY

When California and Florida Attracted Settlers With Promises of a Perfect Climate