Green Amherst

Heating and Cooling Standards

Energy conservation does more than reduce the College's financial exposure. It reduces environmental and social costs as well. Energy conservation mitigates the numerous adverse environmental and social impacts associated with energy production and consumption. These include air pollution, acid rain and global warming, oil spills and water pollution, loss of wilderness areas, construction of new power plants, foreign energy dependence and the risk of international conflict over energy supplies.

The amount of energy the College uses is greatly dependent upon the temperature maintained in its facilities. The temperature at which one is comfortable is very subjective; the College cannot reasonably cater to individual preferences. Instead, the College strives to maintain a reasonable standard by which we can both save energy and ensure a level of comfort for building occupants.