From its roots as farmland and orchards, Hampshire College has had a close connection to the land from which it rose. Franklin Patterson reflected on that connection at the groundbreaking in September of 1968:
“I tend to think of this occasion as a part of the agricultural process--the breaking of the ground--the sowing of the seed--the cultivation of the crop--and the harvest. However, the harvest will not be the splendid buildings, which will rise from these foundations. Those will be but the stalks that bear the grain. The harvest will be the young people, who on this ground will grow in stature and mature into well-formed, well-rounded human beings.”
Moving forward 40 years, Hampshire College remains a leader in its commitment to environmental sustainability. As President Ralph Hexter said in announcing Hampshire’s joining the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, “Global warming is a defining challenge of our times. Human activities are responsible for the problem, and working together humans have the capacity to solve the problem. That means taking serious action today to stop adding global warming pollution to the atmosphere. Hampshire is committed to leading the way.”
Hampshire’s commitment to global environmental issues and social justice is both a commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of campus activities and to “preparing its students to ‘get things done in the world’” (Making of the College 2.0).
Daily habits can reduce our impact on the environment.
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