About This LEAP

Climate change is a global problem with local solutions. With a healthy mix of learning, outdoor activities, and fun, the Solving Climate Change LEAP program offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the area you will call home for the next four years through the lens of climate change mitigation and adaptation.  This program will take day trips around Western Massachusetts and stay on campus overnight.


About Us

Laura Draucker is the Director of Sustainability at Amherst College.  Prior to joining Amherst College, Laura was a senior associate at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C. Laura is an expert in life cycle assessment and greenhouse gas accounting.


Learning Outcomes

During this program, you will:

  • Get to know each other, your new home, and your new community.  

  • Learn about renewable energy, local food, and actions we need to take globally, nationally, and locally to combat climate change.

  • Feel empowered to help create a more sustainable Amherst College.

  • Have fun!

What to Expect

Program activities include:

  • Tours of renewable energy facilities and local farms in our surrounding communities
  • Opportunities to learn more about ways to engage on climate action and sustainability while at Amherst College
  • Picnics, mountain coasters, and other outdoor relaxation/recreation time
  • No previous knowledge of renewable energy or climate change required!


This program will include some walking around campus and at off-site locations, which can result in exposure to heat, sun, and/or rain ( events will be canceled for severe weather). Sunscreen and insect repellent will be made available. Specifically, this program will include a tour of a dairy farm which will involve some minimal walking and exposure to environmental conditions such as sun, odor, and dust. The length of this trip will be approximately 2 hours.  This program also includes a trip to a ski resort to tour a wind turbine and solar field. The tour will require 2 hours of easy hiking. This trip will include riding a ski lift to the top of a mountain, and exposure to sun.