Higher education is a resource-intensive enterprise. It takes massive amounts of materials and natural resources to support a student in an academic community for four years. It is the College’s goal to ensure that these resources are used as efficiently as possible, to minimize our impact on the world around us.
Since 2003, the College has invested approximately $200,000 per year in energy conservation projects, and these projects have had a net simple payback of approximately 2.3 years.Examples of some of these projects are described below.
Project Description Amherst College's cogeneration system will consist of a 1250-kW gas turbine generator that burns natural gas or diesel fuel. The turbine, similar in design to a small aircraft engine, will turn an electrical generator connected to the campus electrical system and send its hot exhaust to a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG).