Use the links below to learn more about the heating systems within each of the residential buildings on campus.


Did You Know? If every student, staff member and faculty member at Amherst recycled... JUST ONE MORE SHEET OF PAPER every day, recycling that paper back into new paper products instead of sending it to the landfill, it would reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 11 tons per year. That would offset enough gasoline to fill your car's tank 63 times.

Living Greener

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The top three energy users in a typical college dorm room are...

Smart Energy Behaviors

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.


Energy Conservation Projects

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.

Awareness and Promotional Campaigns

You Have the Power

There are several awareness campaigns underway that call attention to seemingly small, simple things that can add up to significant waste or significant savings.Some of our biggest energy savings to date have been realized through these programs.

Sustainability at Amherst

Amherst 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.