Hampshire College aerial Fall 2015

Hampshire and Four New England Colleges Partner on New Solar-Power Facility

Agreement is first collaborative purchase of solar energy in New England higher education

Hampshire and Four New England Colleges Partner on New Solar-Power Facility

Sustainable Operations

From its roots as farmland and orchards, Hampshire College has a close connection to the land from which it rose. The sustainable operations transition reduces our environmental footprint and our costs, and manages our campus and our built environment as laboratory and classroom.

Through this transition, we are re-envisioning the layout of the campus, building sustainable new buildings, and fully realizing the potential of our farm.


The R.W. Kern Center, A "Living" Building: On April 29, 2016, almost four years after a committee of faculty, staff, and students began planning the campus's first major building in more than 25 years, Hampshire hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the R.W. Kern Center. The building is situated so that we eliminated the inner traffic circle and parking lot, creating a campus quad defined by the R. W. Kern Center, Franklin Patterson Hall, Cole Science Building, the Harold F. Johnson Library, and the Robert Crown Center. This shifts the emphasis of the central campus from cars and buses to people. The building's design meets the Living Building Challenge, which creates a zero-net energy, and zero-waste building. Learn More »

Sustainability Revolving Fund (SURF): The Hampshire College SURF provides loans for campus improvement projects that benefit Hampshire's sustainability by improving efficiency and conserving resources. The SURF exists to foster student, staff, and faculty involvement in increasing environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability at Hampshire College.

Electric Car Charging Station: Students, faculty, and staff now have access to an AeroVironment dual dock charging station behind the Harold F. Johnson Library. Nissan donated the charging station to Hampshire to explore best practices for deploying charging stations in multiple use areas, and to begin creating a replicable model of electric vehicle infrastructure.

Transforming Lawns into Meadows: Hampshire has ceased mowing 9 acres of campus land to create ecologically-diverse meadows that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create wildlife and plant habitats, produce savings on grounds-care costs, and provide teaching, learning, and research opportunities.

$1 Billion Dollar Green Challenge: In the fall of 2011, Hampshire College joined with 32 other leading institutions to launch the Billion Dollar Green Challenge. The goal is to invest a cumulative total of one billion dollars in self-managed green revolving funds that finance energy efficiency upgrades on campus.

Climate Action Plan: Hampshire is part of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which requires us to develop a comprehensive plan for reducing emissions. Last fall, President Lash asked the campus environmental committee to work with Hampshire Alumnus David Adamian 84F and his firm Greener U to develop a plan. They have developed a clear and concrete set of proposed actions to make the campus climate neutral by 2022 and involve students extensively in the process to use the greening of our buildings and operations as a learning opportunity.

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment has moved to a new environmental education center located between the Red Barn and the Farm Center. The building incorporates state-of-the-art ecological design principles.

Solar Canopy: A 36 kW array atop Hampshire's Chuck and Polly Longsworth Arts Center has been helping to reduce Hampshire's carbon footprint since 2010.

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