Amherst College is deeply committed to sustainability. We strive to set an example of responsible stewardship by establishing sound policies and practices that promote resource conservation and minimize our environmental impact.

Sustainability is a core principle that guides all of Amherst College’s operations—from the food served to the vehicles driven. While our institution has made great strides, we recognize we can and should do better. In October 2014, we established the Office of Environmental Sustainability to further support our efforts to improve our operational sustainability and engage students on sustainability issues both inside and outside the classroom.

A photo of Laura Draucker The Office of Environmental Sustainability is responsible for improving the environmental performance of the campus and reaching our carbon neutrality goals. In addition, we seek to empower students to shape their environment by incorporating environmental awareness into their daily lives and outside the classroom. Since its founding in 2014, the OES has implemented a variety of programs aimed at providing students with the opportunity to research and explore issues of sustainability, and we are always looking to expand opportunities for student engagement. "

— LAURA DRAUCKER, Director of Sustainability

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Achieving Neutrality by 2030

Read Amherst’s Climate Action Plan to learn how we aim to achieve climate neutrality by 2030 through transformative modernization of our energy system from fossil fuels to renewable electricity.

Our Commitment to Sustainability

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Visit Us

The Office of Environmental Sustainability is located on the 1st floor of the Service Building, room 103, which is located on East Drive next to the Powerhouse and Science Center.

About Us

Green Office Program

Amherst College is dedicated to conserving resources and "greening" our campus operations. The Green Office Program aims to help offices gauge how sustainable their spaces currently are, educate them on ways they can keep improving and reward them for their efforts!

Learn more about our Green Office Program.

Student Opportunities

The Office of Environmental Sustainability is a small office with big goals! We seek to provide opportunities for students to learn about, engage with, and test solutions to the complexities that come with providing safe and just space for humanity within the boundaries of a healthy environment.

Find our what you can do!

Building and Operations

Amherst College has a long-standing commitment to energy conservation. From encorporating energy conservation strategies in the operation, renovation and construction of its facilities to promoting energy-saving practices across campus, the College has become increasingly aware that it has a moral obligation to embrace the concept of sustainability and environmental stewardship.

See what we’re doing around campus.

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Reporting and Operations

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