Situated on 800 acres of rolling former farmland, Hampshire College has always been aware of the impact of its construction on the environment and has sought ways to minimize that impact. Our green building initiative can be dated to a facilities condition assessment in 1998-1999. The facilities condition assessment galvanized the administration to explore ways in which Hampshire’s ongoing development could incorporate best practices for sustainable building.
The development of the Sustainable Campus Plan in 2000-2001 addressed academic, economic, and environmental sustainability. One outcome of this plan was a commitment to assure that the College’s multi-million dollar building master plan reflects green building principles. Since receiving funding in 2002, Hampshire College has developed two building expansions and our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) barn using these guidelines.
The CSA barn, built in 2002, was situated into a hillside to optimize the natural cooling (in the summer) and warming (in the winter) aspects of a root cellar, and sited to maximize solar gain. We also used local materials, including lumber. The barn was built with research in mind, and provides options for gray water and solar implementations. It also enabled the expansion of this important community resource, which provides organic local food to students, faculty, and staff, as well as to the campus dining services. To complete the cycle, food waste from the CSA is composted and used at the farm.
The 2004-2005 construction of the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Assistive Technology Development Center was built to LEED™ certification standards.