Green Amherst

Green Amherst - Sustainability

Solar panels on top of Mayo-Smith HouseAmherst 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.This Web page is designed to highlight how Amherst College conserves and supports sustainable use of natural resources through our policies, programs and practices.

Global climate change may be the defining issue of this and future generations and, in recognition of this issue, Amherst College is taking bold steps to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through investing in energy conservation projects and generating electricity and steam via its cogeneration plant. As you will see on this Web site, the College has made significant progress by fundamentally altering how it designs, builds, operates and maintains its facilities to ensure that we efficiently use natural resources.

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.Sustainability requires constant vigilance. As our buildings get more complex and faculty, staff and students become more reliant on electrical devices, there is a tendency towards an upward trend in our consumption despite the numerous conservation efforts.Individually and collectively, we must be committed to the task of resource conservation.

Students planting at Book and Plow farm

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Amherst College Wildlife Sanctuary