Sustainability & Responsible Investment Reports

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.

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


A person sitting in a chair on the Amherst quad with Mount Holyoke in the distance

Report October 2017

Read about our commitment to a dynamic and ongoing process of inquiry, analysis and engagement with Amherst’s investment partners around environmental considerations.

A person riding a bike on a leaf-covered path in fall

Report May 2016

In 2015, the College Board of Trustees approved a Statement on Sustainability and Investment Policy that the development of a strategy for achieving a carbon-neutral footprint on campus.

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Investment

The Amherst College Office of Investments and Investment Committee are committed to environmental, social, and governance considerations.

Annual Report

Climate change is a defining issue of our time. Over the past decade, we have taken significant steps to reduce our campus’ greenhouse gas emissions, including switching to lower carbon fuel sources, adding a co-generation plant to create heat and electricity from those fuel sources more efficiently, designing and constructing buildings following a high performance building standard, and completing recommissioning and deep energy retrofits of existing buildings to further improve our campus energy intensity. These actions have resulted in a 30 percent reduction in emissions from 2006 levels. However, we know that to drive even stronger action and further reduce our emissions, we needed to set quantitative greenhouse gas reduction targets and consistently report on our progress.

Read the December 2015 Report