The Greenway dorm lit up at night

Carbon Inventory

There are two primary means for the College to reduce its “carbon footprint”: through use of renewable energy sources and through energy conservation projects.

A green recycle symbol behind a globe

Composting & Recycling

Learn about Amherst’s a single-stream recycling program and our post-consumer food waste composting in Valentine Dining Services.

Cleaning supplies

Cleaning Processes

Amherst College is committed to cleaning practices that protect our employees, students, and the environment.

A water droplet rising out of a body of water

Water Conservation

As part of Amherst College’s commitment to conservation, we use front-loading washing machines, low-flow shower heads and a field irrigation system.

An Amherst College van


Since 2000, the College has systematically upgraded and converted all of its heavy trucks, grounds equipment and delivery trucks to fuel-efficient diesel vehicles.

A woman writing on a piece of paper

Paper Use

Print & Mail has switched over to exclusively selling Aspen 30 Multi-Use Recycled Copy Paper, which contains 30% post-consumer fiber content.