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President Lash to Hampshire Community: Dream Big for Sustainability

Monday, January 30, 2012

Wanted: sustainability ideas. All proposals will be considered, no matter how "blue sky." That's the message from the presidents and chancellor of the member institutions of the Five College consortium.

"The Five College Board of Directors is looking for ideas for new initiatives and programs in academic, co-curricular, and operational aspects of sustainability," said Five College Executive Director Neal Abraham.

The directors have asked the staff of the consortium to convene "blue sky" brainstorming meetings of faculty members, students, administrators, and staff members over the next two months to explore incorporating sustainable practices into existing operations and initiating projects and programs centered around sustainability.

Ideas are welcome relating to any aspect of life on the campuses, as well as Five College cooperation and collaborations with communities in the Five College area of Western Massachusetts.

"With the resources of the Five Colleges and the Pioneer Valley, the potential for sustainability leadership among us seems to be almost unlimited," said Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash. "This exercise should provide people with an opportunity to think about the full range of those possibilities."

To that end, all members of the Hampshire College campus community are welcome to meet to brainstorm ideas for incorporating sustainability into the campus, the consortium, and the community. No idea is too big or small!

Open meetings at Hampshire are scheduled for:

Thursday, February 9, at 3:30 p.m. in the Tavern;
Tuesday, February 14, at 3:30 p.m. in the Tavern; and
Thursday, February 23, at 3:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson's East Lecture Hall.

In addition, members of the campus community can email proposals to Professor Susan Darlington, Hampshire's coordinator for this initiative, at, or set up a time to meet with her individually.

"Sustainability is a major goal at Hampshire," said Professor Darlington. "This Five College 'blue sky' initiative is meant to complement everything already going on and to see if we can surprise ourselves with even more creativity and thinking beyond the campus."

The Five College consortium will host a celebration of sustainability ideas in the spring, at which ideas will be shared and plans for the future discussed.
To submit sustainability ideas directly to Five Colleges, visit


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