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Get Involved

Hampshire College has had a long-standing commitment to sustainability that incorporates constituencies across campus, including students, alumni, faculty, and staff. From academic programming to grassroots initiatives, Hampshire is devoted to empowering environmental change on a campus-wide and global scale.

Sustainability Initiative Leadership:

Beth Hooker, sustainability initiative director
Beth Hooker received a B.S. in chemistry and a B.A. in Asian studies from Connecticut College. She completed an M.S. in soil science, and a Ph.D. in ecology at the University of Connecticut. At Hampshire College, Beth manages initiatives related to campus and curricular sustainability, including the recently funded four transitions. These include transitions in healthy food systems, campus operations, creative curriculum, and campus culture.   She worked with Hampshire faculty and staff members to create and teach in the inaugural Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute in summer 2012.

Sustainability Initiative Interns:

Josh Reynolds 10F, sustainability intern
Josh Reynolds 10F, a Division III student, is the sustainability intern. Drawing on his background in environmental studies and art, Josh works to highlight sustainability initiatives on campus, particularly promoting student-led initiatives. With students from Steve Roof’s “Sustainable Hampshire” class, he is coordinating and leading the LED Light Bulb Brigade, which fans out across campus to exchange incandescent or compact fluorescent bulbs with energy efficient, mercury-free LED bulbs.

Terra Fletcher 09F, community garden intern
Terra Fletcher 09F, a Division III student, is the community garden intern. An enthusiastic student with a passion for both art and science, Terra works to design regular, everyday spaces to be open, creative places of exploration and learning. She brings her design and agricultural skills to the community garden, where she is working to create a updated mission statement for the community garden, with input from the community, through surveys, work days, and meetings.

Ways to Get Involved:

The Environmental Committee, made up of elected and appointed faculty, staff and students from across the campus, engages the entire community in environmental and sustainability issues.

The Sustainability Transition Advisory Committee (STAC), comprised of faculty, staff, and students, will advise the President, the dean of faculty/vice president of academic affairs, and the vice president for finance and administration on the sustainability initiative.

There are many vibrant student groups that focus on sustainability and agriculture, including the Community Garden, New Leaf, the Local Foods Initiative, and many more.

From finding out where to swap your old lightbulbs to wanting to join STAC or the Environmental Committee, please feel free to contact to learn more about how you can get involved.


Contact Us

Beth Hooker
Sustainability Initiative Director
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002

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