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Green Leadership

Hampshire College is committed to reducing sharply and eventually eliminating global warming emissions, and accelerating the research and educational efforts to equip society to restabilize the earth’s climate.

The pledge came with President Ralph Hexter’s 2007 signing of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, joining with more than 300 institutions across the country.

“Global warming is a defining challenge of our time,” said Hexter. “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.”

A campus committee, with active student involvement, is creating a comprehensive institutional plan to move towards climate neutrality, considering actions such as requiring ENERGY STAR certification for products purchased by the College and purchasing energy from renewable sources.

These efforts will build on Hampshire’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, including efforts to reduce dependency on electricity through energy conservation measures, reduction of water use on campus, and new construction being designed to green building standards.

Hampshire’s commitment to global environmental issues and social justice is a commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of campus activities and to preparing its students to get things done in the world.


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