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

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The real exciting part of energy conservation is you. While learning about all the ways we have been working on reducing the ecological footprint of the College, you probably see how they might apply to your life as well--and without any shift in lifestyle.

Heating and Cooling Standards


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

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 p