Drought 2016: What the School is Doing and What You Can Do

Amherst, MA (September 14, 2016) - Western Massachusetts continues to experience a prolonged drought this year. With the Town of Amherst issuing mandatory water conservation measures and a drought watch in effect for the state, there are bound to be questions about what the situation entails. 

  • Learn more about what the school is doing here: Read More
  • Learn more about how you can help and myths and facts about the drought: Read More
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Book & Plow Farm as a New Model for Sustainable, Local Food

Amherst, MA (September 14, 2016) - Check out this article about Amherst College's Book & Plow Farm in The Hampshire Gazette! The farm is working on integration with not only student life, but also with the local community. "The intent is to make local purchasing easier to harness the strengths and resources of different area farms...the biggest question...is 'How do we support local farms, but do that when we can’t afford the prices of local food' To do that, Amherst College is thinking about...an associated economics approach. Farm products would be considered not merely for their food value, but also their relationship to the rest of the system – their educational value, for instance, or the worth of farming techniques that maintain healthy soil on Amherst’s land." Read More


College Starts Bike Share Program

Amherst, MA (September 12, 2016) - The Amherst College Bike Share Program has officially launched! This is a student led program that allows Amherst College students to use bicycles for transportation at no cost. The bicycles can be used roughly within the same boundaries as those of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority.  Read More


Student-Created Climate Policy Course Culminates in UN Summit Visit

Paris, FR (December 11, 2015) - In typical Amherst fashion, five students were interested in a subject and decided to create their own course to learn more. The special topics course “COP21 and Climate Politics” resulted in extensive research on climate policy and a trip to Paris for the biggest UN climate summit in the last 20 years. Read more


Students Promote Environmental Sustainability in Athletics

Amherst, MA (October 20, 2015) - The Green Athletics committee, a student-led group aimed at increasing environmental sustainability in the Athletics Department, has begun carrying out plans to reduce athletics-related waste and energy consumption. Read more


Amherst College to Establish New Office of Environmental Sustainability

Amherst, MA (July 6, 2014) - Amherst College is establishing an Office of Environmental Sustainability and will be launching a national search for the office’s first director, marking a major milestone in the college’s longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability. Read more in Amherst’s news release