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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, Director of Food, Farm, and Sustainability
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 four transitions in healthy food systems, campus operations, creative curriculum, and campus culture. Beth helped to create, and continues to teach at the Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College, a 6-week summer academic program in its 4th year.

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, Climate Justice League, the Local Foods Initiative, and many more.

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

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893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002