Amherst College formed the Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES) in October 2014 with a vision to “fulfill the College’s moral obligation to incorporate environmental awareness and practices into the daily lives of students, so they will be equipped to shape the environment they live in through their actions and leadership.” Today, the OES is a focal point and catalyst for awareness-building, collaboration and action on sustainability issues across campus.

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The Climate Action Plan

Learn about our goals, key actions, community involvement, and more. 

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Sustainability Reports

To keep the campus informed of our work, we have created a series of Sustainability Reports that outline key initiatives and areas of focus.

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Construction Information

Amherst is currently working on the decarbonization of the campus' energy system and the New Student Center & the Dining Commons. Please visit our Construction Information page for updates on how this will affect campus life.

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Our Policies

From cleaning and paper use to transportation and waste disposal, Amherst is committed to using environmenatlly friendly practices across campus.