Cultural Transition

A transition that enables every member of the Hampshire community to envision and experience a sustainable way of life for the 21st century. It is not only the curriculum, but also the place, the community, and the culture that changes lives.

Examples of current initiatives include:

The Washington Center’s New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Award recognizes institutions achieving breadth and depth of civic engagement through sustained and mutually transformational partnerships that define and address issues of public concern at any level from the local to the global. The Sustainability Initiative was chosen for the award and Hampshire received $20,000 to support student internship opportunities at the Washington Center. Read More »

Roos-Rhode House and Community Garden:
In September 2011, President Lash invited students to repurpose and rebuild a horse barn located at the President's house and relocate it to campus. The Rehamping the Barn project evolved into a collaborative effort led by students and supported by faculty to create a student space for studying, meeting, socializing, and collaborating. The Roos-Rhode House is home to the Mixed Nuts student-run food coop, and adjoins the recently renovated Community Garden, where students, faculty, and staff have access to free open space to plant their own gardens.

Putting the Community in Community Supported Agriculture:
With funding from Gary Hirshberg 72F, the office of student life is providing CSA shares to select mods that practice and promote sustainable living, including the transition mods, vegan mod, and upcycling mod. These shared living communities embody Hampshire’s commitment to environmental, economic, and social sustainability. 

End of Bottled Water Sales at Hampshire
Since 2012, bottled water is not sold at Hampshire College nor distributed at campus events. This sustainability effort began as a student initiative with Hampshire students working to halt the sale of bottled water and to educate the entire campus community about its environmental and economic costs.

LED Lightbulb Exchange
With support from Hampshire's Sustainability Revolving Fund,  students in Professor Steve Roof's "Sustainable Hampshire" first-year seminar formed an LED Bulb Brigade. Working across the campus, in offices and in residence halls, sustainability intern Josh Reynolds led the Bulb Brigade in the exchange of incandescent or compact fluorescent bulbs for the new, highly energy-efficient LED bulbs. The LED bulbs last even longer than CFL bulbs, contain no mercury, and offer a dimmable, warm white light. The energy savings from the LED bulbs are expected to pay for the bulbs in less than two years.

100% Local Food Challenge
Hampshire College is going to test the limits of regional sustainable agriculture by sourcing nearly 100 percent of food on campus locally.
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Sustainability Revolving Fund
The Hampshire College Sustainability Revolving Fund (SURF) provides loans for campus improvement projects that benefit Hampshire's sustainability by improving efficiency and conserving resources.
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Seed Lending Library
Check out organic and non-genetically engineered seeds, free of charge at the Harold F. Johnson Library as part of the College's Seed Lending Library.
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