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Sustainability Research

Faculty and Staff Research Related to Sustainability at Hampshire College

School of Cognitive Science

Sarah Partan, associate professor of animal behavior, School of Cognitive Science


Partan, S. R. 2013. Ten unanswered questions in multimodal communication. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology: Volume 67, Issue 9, Page 1523-1539.

Manuscript devotes substantial attention to how animals respond to climate change and urbanization, particularly in terms of their communication behavior, and suggests that an understanding of this may help us to predict--and perhaps even help to ameliorate--biodiversity losses with environmental change.

Professor Partan designed and developed a large cross-school course on sustainability and climate change, broadly construed, entitled "Innovations for Change: Problem Solving for the Future." The course was co-taught by 3 faculty from 3 different schools at Hampshire (including both the arts: Jana Silver in IA, and the sciences: Steve Roof in NS and Partan in CS), with additional visiting experts drawn both from within Hampshire and internationally. We supported the visiting experts on a grant won from the Hirshberg fund. The goal of the course was to raise student understanding of and engagement with sustainability, from many perspectives. The course included the science of climate change; future biodiversity; psychological responses to change and our natural resistance to change; social, political, and religious perspectives on sustainability; environmental art and cultural heritage of the relationship between humans and the earth; public education and action, particularly through design of theatre, art, and other avenues into public awareness about sustainability; green design and energy and new technology; and innovations and problem solving for sustainable living.

Timothy Zimmerman, visiting assistant professor of cognition and education


Fisher-Maltese, C. & Zimmerman, T.D. (2015). A garden-based approach to teaching life science produces shifts in students’ attitudes toward the environment. International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 10(1), 51-66.

Professor Zimmerman researches learning and teaching of ocean and environmental science concepts in non-school contexts (e.g., museums, environmental education excursions, field trips) and its relationship to environmental decision-making. To achieve this, Tim combines qualitative, quantitative and design-based research methodologies to study learners as they move spatially and temporally across informal-formal learning context boundaries. He has given presentations on his research at dozens of national and international conferences, invited workshops and at the National Science Foundation. Professor Zimmerman is using a $409,000 National Science Foundation grant to research ways to better teach 21st century scientific practices. The grant is funded through the NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program.

Researching Better Ways to Teach 21st Century Science

School of Natural Science

Charlene D'Avanzo, professor of ecology:


Hartley LM, J Momsen, A Maskiewicz, and C D’Avanzo. 2012. Energy and matter: Differences in discourse in physical and biological sciences can be confusing for introductory biology students. BioScience 62: 488-496.

D’Avanzo C, Anderson CW, Hartley L, Pelaez P. 2012. A faculty development model for transforming introductory biology and ecology courses. BioScience. 62: 416-427.

D’Avanzo, C. 2011. High marks for transformative teachers. Science 331: 1011

Knapp AK and C. D’Avanzo. 2011. Teaching with principles: towards more effective pedagogy in ecology. Ecosphere 1:15 (electronic journal) doi: 10.1890/ES10-00013.1

Hartley LM, Wilke BJ, Schramm SW, D’Avanzo C, Anderson CW. 2011. College students’ understanding of the carbon cycle: contrasting principle-based and informal reasoning. BioScience 61, 65-75.


2009 NSF CCLI (Lead PI) Collaborative Research: Improving General Biology Teaching with Diagnostic Question Clusters and Active Teaching

2009 NSF RCN (co-PI) Preparing to Prepare the 21st Century Biology Student: Using Scientific Societies as Change Agents for the Introductory Biology Experience


"An Evidenced-based Faculty Development Model for Transforming Introductory Biology and Ecology": Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Portland, Oregon, Aug. 2013

"Writing Your 'Teaching Statement': Models and Suggestions": Ecological Society of America annual meeting, Portland, Oregon, Aug. 2013

Steve Roof, associate professor of earth and environmental science

Published peer-reviewed articles:

Reusche*, M., Winsor, K., Carlson, A.E., Marcott, S.A., Rood, D.H., Novak*, A., Roof, S., Retelle, M., Werner, A., Caffee, M., and Clark, P.U., 2014, 10Be surface exposure ages on the late-Pleistocene and Holocene history of Linnébreen on Svalbard: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 89, p. 5–12, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.01.017.

D'Andrea, W. J., Vaillencourt*, D., Balascio, N. L., Werner, A., Roof, S. R., Retelle, M., and Bradley, R. S., 2012, Mild Little Ice Age and unprecedented recent warmth in an 1800 year lake sediment record from Svalbard. Geology, v. 40, p. 1007-1010. doi:10.1130/G33365.1.

Presentations at professional meetings:

Bonarrrigo*, A. and Roof, S.R., 2013 Decreased Ice Cover Duration on Arctic Lake Linné. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 783. Poster presentation at the 125th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Denver, CO October 30, 2013.

Roof, S.R., Retelle, M.J., Werner, A., 2013. High Resolution Thermal Record of Sediment Plumes into Arctic Glacier-Fed Lake Linné, Svalbard, Norway. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 45, No. 1, p. 64. Oral presentation at the 2013 Northeast Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Mt Washington, NH, March 18, 2013.

Frost+, D.S., Retelle, M.J., Roof, S.R., 2013, Integrating Contemporary Arctic Research into Secondary Education Curriculum: Experience, Outreach, and Curriculum Building through a Field Season in Svalbard: 43rd Annual International Arctic Workshop presentation, UMass Amherst, MA.

Whiting*, J., Carson, R., Bader, N., Roof, S.R., Retelle, M. 2013. Ice-marginal and Proglacial Fluvial Characteristics of a High-Arctic Glacier, Linnébreen, Svalbard: 43rd Annual International Arctic Workshop poster presentation, UMass Amherst, MA.

Reusche*, M.M., Windsor, K., Carlson, A., Rood, D.H., Novak*, A., Marcott, S., Roof, S.R., Retelle, M.J. 2013, Holocene Fluctuations of Linné Glacier: Constraining its Pre-Little Ice Age History using Cosmogenic Radionuclide Exposure Dating: 43rd Annual International Arctic Workshop poster presentation, UMass Amherst, MA.


The Svalbard Research Experiences for Undergraduates program– Holocene and Modern Climate Change in the High Arctic.  Continued funding for the Svalbard REU Program, National Science Foundation Award No. OPP-649006, $924,974, 2007 through 2013.

Noah Charney, visiting professor in ecology (Fall 2012-2013)

Professor Charney aims to guide human development so that we maximize native biodiversity. Much of his current work focuses on mapping and protecting rare species in Massachusetts, and is funded by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (past funding, NSF and Switzer Foundation). Professor Charney founded a nonprofit land-conservation organization, which advocates for green growth in Nashville, TN, and has already protected old growth forest and endangered species habitat. The organization is in the midst of a campaign to protect a lot more. It has two primary websites ( and


Record, S., N. D. Charney, R. M. Zakaria, and A. M. Ellison. 2013. Projecting global mangrove species and community distributions under climate change. Ecosphere.

Charney, N. D. 2012. Evaluating expert opinion and spatial scale in an amphibian model. Ecological Modeling 242: 37-45.

Charney, N. D. and M. T. Jones. 2013. Alpine Fauna. In M. T. Jones and L. L. Willey, eds. Eastern Alpine Guide: Ecology, Conservation, and Recreation Above Treeline in Eastern North America. Burlington, VT: Huntington Graphics.

Charney, N. D., B. H. Letcher, A. Haro, P. S. Warren. 2009. Terrestrial Passive

Rogers, L., D. Stimson, K. Holden, D. Kay, D. Kaye, R. McAdow, B. Metcalfe, B. Windmiller, N. Charney. 2009. Wildlife tunnels under a busy, suburban Boston roadway. In Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, edited by Paul J. Wagner, Debra Nelson, and Eugene Murray, Raleigh, NC: Center for Transportation and the Environment. North Carolina State University, 2010.

Jason Tor, dean of the School of Natural Science, professor of microbiology

Dr. Tor is part of an interdisciplinary team of Five College consortium professors who have recently received a $40,000 grant from the Keck Geology Consortium to investigate whether living things are involved in the creation of minerals: Research Explores How Microorganisms May Help Form Minerals

Dr. Tor recently received funding for 4 years of research from the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation to conduct summer research on the microbiology of cheese aging throughout the region to identify aspects of New England terroir, and how it can contribute to the 100% Local Food Challenge. Working with an undergraduate student, Kyra Birsson, the initial phase of this research involved constructing a database to catalog and organize the cheese-producing dairies in New England according to a variety of relevant factors (e.g. milk type, cheese style, raw or pasteurized, etc). This database is still a work in progress, access to information is inconsistent and sometimes difficult to acquire but thus far 68 dairies have been cataloged, mostly from Massachusetts and Vermont. In addition, they have developed a method for extracting sufficient quantities of microbial DNA from cheese that will later be used to identify individual species and generate microbial “fingerprints” of different types of cheeses.


Brisson, K., Bruhoe, A., and Tor, J.M. 2014. Microbial Community Analysis of Deep Springs Lake, California: Exploring the Role of Aerobic Biofilms in Biogenic Dolomite Precipitation. Keck Geology Conference, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.

Dula Amarasiriwardena, professor of chemistry

We have investigated the fate and transport properties of trace metal contaminants in soil and aqueous systems, and the plant uptake of engineered nanoparticles in the environment. Furthermore, we developed new analytical chemical methods for elemental bioimaging of biological tissues to unravel tissue level exposure, uptake, and translocation of trace metal contaminants. We believe these developments are important for sustainable environmental management. In addition, several exciting environmental projects related to local community were incorporated across our chemistry and environmental chemistry curriculum.


2014: Tissue Level Trace Metal Distribution in Single Rice Seeds from Contaminated Paddy Fields: Elemental Bioimaging by LA-ICP-MS, Dula Amarasiriwardena, Priyanka Basnet*, Z. Fu, T. Zhang, Fengchang Wu, WS306, 2014 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry,  Jacksonville, Florida.

2014: Potential Evidence for Exposure to Lithium by Ancient Andeans: An Investigation of Chinchorro Mummy Hair by LA-ICP-MS, FP28, Dula Amarasiriwardena, Torsten Johnson, Bernardo Arriaza 2014 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry,  Jacksonville, Florida.


Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE)  $400,000 (....with Kay Johnson, Brian Schultz, Kim Chang, Sue Darlington)

2014 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant (PCMNCG) (Award- $9,000)

Class Projects on Environmental Sustainability Management:

Spring 2012: Environmental Chemistry class (NS 366) investigated the potential soil lead arsenate (LA) pesticide residues in an abandoned local pear orchard (now a conservation area property) located at Amherst, MA.

Fall 2012: Chemistry I (NS202) class investigated water quality and trace metal distribution in brooks affected by acid mine drainage (AMD) activity at a defunct pyrite mining site at Rowe, MA.

Fall 2012: Pollution and Our Environment (NS195) class: Indoor radon measurements in campus buildings and dormitories. The levels were well below the EPA action level (4.0 pCi/L) and there is very little exposure risk from environmental radon.

Publications and presentations with Hampshire student authors related to environmental sustainability management:
*(denotes Hampshire undergraduate author)

2013- Investigation of Gold Nano Particles Uptake and their Tissue Level Distribution in Rice Plants by Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled-Mass Spectrometry, Jeremy Koelmel*, Thomas Leland*, Huanhua Wang, Dulasiri Amarasiriwardena, and Baoshan Xing, Environmental Pollution, (2013), 174: 222-228.

2013-Bioimaging of Trace Metals in Ancient Chilean Mummies and Contemporary Egyptian Teeth by Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS), Jana Farell*, Dulasiri Amarasiriwardena, Alan H. Goodman, Bernardo Arriaza, Microchemical Journal, (2013), 106:340–346.

2012-Imaging of Metal Bioaccumulation in Hay-scented Fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula) Rhizomes Growing on Contaminated Soils by Laser Ablation ICP-MS”, Jeremy Koelmel* and Dulasiri Amarasiriwardena. Environmental Pollution, (2012), 168:62-70           

Fred Wirth, associate professor emeritus of physics

Research has been focused on building and analyzing the behavior of a diffuser augmented wind turbine. It is based on an idea that surfaced soon after wind turbines became a focus of national interest as a source of renewable energy. Current research is located at the Hampshire College Farm Center. The wind turbine at the Farm Center (an AIR403 with its internal controller disabled) has been, over several years, fitted with a recording anemometer and a passive dummy load that mimics the behavior of a battery bank and produces signals that provide information about the current and voltage being produced in a realistic way. This is important, because turbine energy output is strongly affected by the characteristics of the load to which it is attached. So far this setup has produced abundant clean and repeatable data.

Christina Cianfrani, assistant professor of hydrology


Cianfrani, C.M., S.M.P. Sullivan, W.C. Hession, and M.C. Watzin, 2012. A Multitaxonomic Approach to Understanding Local Versus Watershed-Scale Influences on Stream Biota in the Lake Champlain Basin, Vermont, USA. River Research and Applications. 28:973-988. DOI:10.1002/rra.1470.


American Ecological Engineering Society Annual Conference, East Lansing, MI. June 10-12. Educating Across Disciplines:  Creating Opportunities for Collaboration among Faculty, Students and Staff

Hofmeister, K., Cianfrani, C., and Hession, W.C., 2013. Stream Temperature Regime and Spatial Variance in Three Land Cover Reaches Along Stroubles Creek, Blacksburg, VA. Ecosystems for Water and Energy: American Ecological Engineering Society Annual Conference. East Lansing, MI.


Presidential Grant. Practical Tools for Resource Conflict Workshop ($1342). Christina Cianfrani, Michael Klare, Marushka Grogan

Summer Dean's Fund 2013 ($3000). Field Data Collection in Blacksbrug, VA and Creation of NS367 Stream Restoration Seminar

Cindy Gill, associate professor of physiology


Feather CORT predicts subsequent year’s lay date in female Tree Swallows BERK, SA*; ROMERO, LM; PARKER, C; ARDIA, DR; WINKLER, DW; ROSS, C; GILL, CJ  University of Montana; Tufts University; Tufts University; Franklin & Marshall College; Cornell University; Hampshire College; Hampshire College. Poster presented at the Society for Integrative Biology meeting 2014.

Charles Ross, assistant professor of biology


Ray and Lorna Coppinger Endowment Grant: 2012 ($3128). “Morphometrics of Speyeria: Assessing variation in the Paul Grey collection at the American Museum of Natural History for teaching and research.”

Sustainability Grant: 2012 ($1800). “Monitoring cricket habitat sustainability for long-term population viability in a / changing climate.”

Larry Winship, assistant professor of biology


Control of Cell Wall Extensibility During Pollen Tube Growth. / Peter K Hepler; Caleb M Rounds; Lawrence J Winship / Molecular Plant 2013; doi: 10.1093/mp/sst103 /

School of Critical Social Inquiry

Michael Klare, Five College professor emeritus of peace and world security studies, and director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS). 

Recent Publications:
Klare, M. 2012. The Race for What’s Left:  The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources. Picador Press.  

The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion, a crisis that encompasses shortages of oil and coal, copper and cobalt, water, and arable land. With all of the earth’s accessible areas already being exploited, the desperate hunt for supplies has now reached the final frontiers. The Race for What’s Left takes us from the Arctic to war zones to deep ocean floors, from a Russian submarine planting the country’s flag under the North Pole to the large-scale buying up of African farmland by Saudi Arabia and other food-scarce nations. With resource extraction growing more difficult, the environmental risks are becoming increasingly severe, and the intense search for dwindling supplies is igniting new conflicts and territorial disputes. The only way out, Michael T. Klare argues, is to alter our consumption patterns altogether, a crucial task that will be the greatest challenge of the coming century.

Other articles have appeared in many journals, including Arms Control Today, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Current History, Foreign Affairs, Harper's, The Nation, Scientific American, and Technology Review.

Betsy Hartmann, professor emerita of development studies and director of the Population and Development Program

Professor Hartmann’s research and teaching focus on the intersections between population, migration, environment and security issues. She is the author of Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control and The Truth about Fire, a political thriller about the Far Right. She is the co-author of A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village and co-editor of the recent anthology Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties.

Susan Darlington, dean for academic support, professor of anthropology and Asian Studies

Professor Darlington’s research, based on extensive fieldwork in Thailand, examines the work of Buddhist monks engaged in rural development, environmental conservation and other forms of social activism. The broader questions she addresses in her research and teaching include understanding the changing social, political, and historical contexts of religion, environmentalism and human rights, and the creative use of ritual for social change. She also teaches about socially engaged Buddhism, religious movements, and Southeast Asian studies. She is actively involved in the struggle for human rights in Burma.

Helen Scharber, assistant professor of economics

Professor Scharber’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of political economy, environmental justice, and health. She recently received funding for 4 years of research from the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation, to research economic and job impacts of sourcing Hampshire's food locally, building upon her current work with a local organization, Community Involved in Sustainable Agriculture (CISA). This past summer she worked with two student interns, funded by Lydia B. Stokes and the Kendall Foundations. The research team targeted critical research areas, such as identifying farms (through CISA and local farmer relationships), and the transport, storage, and distribution of food (at Hampshire College, across the Five College Consortium, and our community partners such as the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts). They are working with Bon Appetit and community partners closely to identify opportunities to improve regional agricultural infrastructure and understand systems and structures needed to advance more local products and markets. She is also a staff economist for the Center for Popular Economics, where she teaches workshops designed to demystify the economy for activists. This past year, Professor Scharber has taught courses in the political economy of food, Buddhist economics, and economics and the environment. 

School for Interdisciplinary Arts

Donna Cohn, visiting assistant professor of applied design

Professor Cohn has worked with assistive technology and universal design over the past 25 years, first designing customized devices with the Boston Center for Independent Living, and later working as a product designer for AliMed, a medical product manufacturing and distribution company. The work of Professor Cohn and her students at Hampshire College may result in a greater yield and more efficient preparation of one of the dietary staples of sub-Saharan Africa, pearl millet. In November 2013, Professor Cohn received a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant is part of a program to support “innovative ideas to tackle persistent global health and development problems.”

Developing a Pearl Millet Thresher

School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

Gabriel Arboleda, Five College assistant professor of environmental design

Gabriel is an architectural researcher and practicing architect. Both interests combine in the form of research of practice, and practice as research. His work mostly focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean, and explores the new frontiers of participatory design and planning, politics of sustainable design, ethnography of architecture, sanitation in developing countries, and alternative materials, methods, and technologies for low-income housing.

Naomi Darling, Five College assistant professor of sustainable design

Naomi Darling, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is also principal at Darling Loeffler-Puurunen Architecture, a full service architectural practice based in New Haven, CT. The firm aims to produce socially responsible and environmentally conscious projects at all scales in terms of size, time, and permanence with a special consideration of site and place. Darling was one of 20 participants recently showcased in EP:2011, the second annual exhibition of work, art, and designs of emerging architects across North America sponsored by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Center for Emerging Professionals. Ms. Darling’s early experiences working as a researcher studying climate change in Antarctica and as a scientist aboard the SSV Westward, were formative experiences that have helped shape both her teaching and practice today.

Interdisciplinary Research (Across Several Schools)

Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment--Funded 2014
Henry Luce Foundation

LIASE Faculty Committee:

Kay Johnson, professor of Asian Studies, Critical Social Inquiry; director, China Exchange Program*
Kimberly A. Chang, associate professor of cultural psychology, Critical Social Inquiry
Susan Darlington, professor of anthropology and Asian Studies, Critical Social Inquiry
Dulasiri Amarasiriwardena, professor of chemistry, Natural Science
Brian Schultz, associate professor of entomology and ecology, Natural Science
* LIASE Committee Chair

Brief description of Hampshire's LIASE implementation grant award (2014):

The Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment, a program of the Henry Luce Foundation, will award Hampshire College a grant of $400,000 for use over the next four years to expand Exchange Networks in China and Thailand and to deepen Interdisciplinary Inquiry through the Thematic Lens of Food, Sustainable Agriculture, and Climate Change. This grant will build on the success of the smaller LIASE grant to explore interdisciplinary connections around the same theme through faculty exchanges, course development, and student projects. By engaging with these expansive networks in China and Thailand, faculty and students will circle back to what the Hampshire pedagogy strives to achieve: allowing the essential question or real-world problem to drive interdisciplinary inquiry toward collaborative solutions. In this way, Hampshire faculty and students will contribute to building sustainable communities in Asia and the U.S. capable of solving the complex environmental problems of the 21st century and addressing their detrimental social, economic, and public health impacts.

Brief description of Hampshire's LIASE exploration grant award (2011):
The Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment, a program of the Henry Luce Foundation, awarded Hampshire College a grant of $50,000 to explore interdisciplinary connections around the theme of Food, Sustainability and Climate Change in East Asia. Over a 16-month period, an interdisciplinary group of faculty will explore multiple teaching and research linkages that will build stronger curricular bridges between East Asian studies and the natural sciences through the lens of food production, sustainable agriculture and climate change. This initiative is led by our Asian Studies faculty, including the director of Hampshire’s China Exchange Program, and involves several natural science faculty who are expanding their current teaching and research relationships with Asian scholars.

Creating a Center for New England Food and Agriculture
Lydia B. Stokes Foundation

P.I. Dr. Beth Hooker, director of Food, Farm and Sustainability

Hampshire College received a grant of $240,000 from the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation for use over four years (2014-2018) to create a Center for New England Food and Agriculture. The center will support a Sustainable Agriculture Apprenticeship Program; Internship Program; Collaborative Research Program; and Cross-Institutional Initiatives. Each of these components will serve as a feeder into the College’s 100% Local Food Challenge, with an end goal of sourcing 100% of our food within 150 miles (except for some obvious impossibilities such as coffee, tea, citrus, and some grains). The center will also serve as a relationship-building, information-sharing hub for other institutions of higher education, including those in the Five College Consortium (and eventually the 16 colleges in the area); community organizations; and our local farmers. Through this bold initiative, we will elevate the current discourse on sustainable food production and procurement.
Hampshire College to Establish Center for New England Food and Agriculture

Catalyzing a Transformation in New England Food and Agriculture
Kendall Foundation

P.I. Dr. Beth Hooker, director of Food, Farm and Sustainability

Hampshire College received a grant of $50,000 to fund an implementation plan that supports the College’s provocative challenge to source 100% of our food from within 150 miles (excepting non-local products such as coffee and citrus), positioning the College as a leader in higher education dining. We expect to identify regional challenges and hope to work with our partners to solve them regionally, with an ultimate goal of creating a resilient and thriving healthy food system by valuing, supporting and enhancing farms, agriculture-related organizations, and markets for locally produced food. The project was funded for one year (ends 4/15) for $50,000, which includes the following components:

  • Two student internships
  • Funding for FFS Program Coordinator
  • Outreach event

100 Percent Local Food Challenge at Hampshire College

Kendall Foundation, “Bolstering the 100% Local Food Challenge through Targeted Investment.” This project will structure and strengthen a local procurement effort that has drawn high levels of attention from both students and alumni. Our strategies to increase our local food consumption include augmenting the participation in meal plans while decreasing protein consumption, and undertaking infrastructure improvements that include physical renovations. We will also work to create a Five College Virtual Food Hub, and link our initiatives with organizational leaders to expand agriculture infrastructure in the region. The project is funded for two years with $250,000 to support it.

  • Food, Farm, and Sustainability (FFS) Program Coordinator
  • Increases in local purchasing

National Science Foundation, Advanced Technology Education (NSF-ATE) “Application of Clean Energy Technology to Sustainable Agriculture Practice.” In collaboration with Holyoke Community College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Hampshire College received a 3-year grant of $135K (of total $810,000), which includes support for:

  • Clean energy technology for farm operations (electric tractor, greenhouses with heat pumps, retrofitting of root cellar with temperature and humidity control).
  • Summer course offered through HCC, with 2 weeks also at UMass Amherst and Hampshire College. Faculty involved:  Steve Roof, Donna Cohn, and Fred Wirth.

Award: Application of Clean Energy Technology to Sustainable Agricultural Practice

The Washington Center’s New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Award. Hampshire College was one of five colleges recognized for 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 Healthy Food Transition project of the Sustainability Initiative, including the creation of a Center for New England Food and Agriculture, was chosen specifically for the award and the College was presented with the opportunity for five student internships at $5,000 each, totaling $20,000.


In addition to campus events, the FFS director gave talks about aspects of the Healthy Food Transition in the following venues:

  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, March 2014
  • Smith-Tuck Executive Leadership Program for Women, June 2014
  • University of Massachusetts Visioning Sustainability Conference, June 2014
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Education Association meeting, poster presentation, August 2014
  • Invited participant, New York Times, “Food for Tomorrow” event, November 2014

Events hosted at Hampshire College related to Hampshire’s Sustainability Initiative:

  • Farm to Fork “Meet the Farmers” event at dining commons, with CISA, January 2014
  • Slow Money Chapter for Sustainable Food entrepreneurs, January 2014
  • Design charette for Hitchcock Center land use, with Conway School of Design, April 2014, including sustainable agricultural approaches
  • Five College Mellon Foundation Bridging the Liberal arts and Professional programs, with a focus on sustainable food and farming (1.5 days, with dinner, breakout sessions and farm tour), May 2014. Over 25 Five College professors and staff members attended.  
  • Co-sponsor with WBGY and CISA of a simulcast of “A Long Row in a Fertile Ground," July 9, 2014. 
  • Co-sponsor of “Taste the View,” September 19, 2014, CISA annual fundraising event
  • Hampshire College Farm Festival, October 25, 2014
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