Five College Sustainability Studies Program

Campus Operations

Last Spring, the Five College Ink published an article about the sustainable approaches that are being used at the institutions. Click here to learn about cogeneration power plants, green buildings, transportation, sustainable dining, and other exciting initiatives.

In Fall 2010, Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges each earned a score of A- on the College Sustainability Report Card 2011. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst improved upon their 2010 score, and received an A in the categories of climate and energy, food and recycling, student involvement, and transportation. Hampshire College did not participate in the survey.

This score gives each the title of Overall College Sustainability Leaders along with 49 other institutions of the 322 ranked for the report card. Among the key criteria for all colleges were: using Energy Star appliances, constructing LEED-certified buildings, buying local and organic food and encouraging alternate forms of transportation. The College Sustainability Report Card, a project of the Sustainability Endowments Institute, looks at the colleges and universities in the United States and Canada with the largest endowments and grades each institution in a variety of categories, including Administration, Climate Change & Energy, Green Building, Student Involvement, Transportation, Endowment Transparency, Investment Priorities and Shareholder Engagement.

For more detailed information on sustainability initiatives on an individual campus, check out these websites:

Amherst College

Hampshire College

Mount Holyoke College

Smith College

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Above Photo: Mount Holyoke's Creighton Hall, completed in 2008, received LEED Gold Certification. Pictured here are the solar thermal collectors which provide nearly 25% of the hot water.