2000 to the Present
For almost three decades, Hampshire College has been striving to make its campus sustainable; our longstanding commitment to energy reduction grows stronger each year.
The Trustees and President (member of the Presidents Climate Commitment) have committed to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible; have endorsed an energy policy (heating 68-72; AC 75-78 degrees); and further committed to build new buildings to a minimum of LEED™ Gold.
In addition to our impressive history of reductions described below, some of the ways we continue to reduce our carbon footprint today include:
|Hampshire's Long History of Energy Conservation||
|Since 1974, shortly after opening, Hampshire College has been striving to reduce campus energy use. The campus initially included a mix of new buildings and late 19th-century farm houses. The new buildings, including Franklin Patterson Hall, Cole Science Center, and the Harold F. Johnson Library Center, were constructed with all-electric heating, the standard for commercial buildings at the time.|
|As energy conservation movements in the United States strengthened and electricity prices continued to rise, Hampshire initiated bold steps to reduce the College’s energy use. These early steps reduced electricity use from 15.8 million kilowatt hours (KWH) per year in 1974 to 12.25 million KWH per year in 1976.|
In the early 1980’s we converted all the electrically heated academic buildings to gas hot water heating, installing gas fired co-gens (combined heat and power that produces hot water heating as well as electricity). Additionally, we initiated a campus-wide awareness program spearheaded by an energy manager. A computerized energy management system was installed to monitor and control energy use, with schedules (including night setbacks), load shedding, and duty cycling. These efforts yielded a reduction to 10.25 million KWH/year by 1990.
Our efforts continued in the 1990’s when we converted incandescent lighting to fluorescent lighting with electronic ballasts, mercury vapor lighting to high pressure sodium in our outdoor lights, and metal halide for indoor lights. In addition, all major motors were changed to high efficiency motors with variable frequency drives. By 2000 our total electricity use had declined to only 7.4 million KWH/year.
|Through our contining efforts, in 2009, though the campus grew by 20%, we realized a further reduction to 6,672,997 KWH/year.|
Liebling addition submitted for LEED(TM) Gold certification
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