We have adopted U.S. Congressman Olver as part of our climate champion family!  As a part of our family, there are certain expectations and responsibilities, including:

  • Publicly supporting Repowering America with 100% clean electricity by 2018
  • Actively supporting strong legislation that will move us toward this goal as quickly as possible
  • Opposing the construction of new coal-fired power plants

It’s Easy Being Green: Continued Strides in Sustainability at Amherst College

September 8, 2008   

AMHERST, Mass. — When Amherst College students returned to their alma mater last week, they may have noticed what Jim Brassord, director of facilities and associate treasurer for campus services, calls a “big green reminder of our commitment to the environment”: Solar panels on Mayo-Smith House, one of the most visible residence halls on campus located at the corner of Route 9 and 116 in Amherst.

The Steam/Cogeneration Plant

In 2007, Amherst College decided to fill an empty boiler bay in the campus steam plant with a cogeneration system. Fed by a 1250-kW jet engine, the cogeneration system significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the college while greatly increasing the efficiency of the system's energy conservation. Campus Utilities Engineer and Capital Project Manager Aaron Hayden explains the cogeneration process and offers a peek into the roaring heart of the college's conservation efforts.