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Hampshire College Takes Action to Fight Climate Change

This 17,000-square-foot Living Building is one of two under construction at Hampshire College in Amherst, helping the campus become energy self-sufficient. Courtesy: Hampshire College.
This 17,000-square-foot Living Building is one of two under construction at Hampshire College in Amherst, helping the campus become energy self-sufficient. Courtesy: Hampshire College.
December 2, 2015

AMHERST, Mass. - While 100 world leaders take part in climate talks today in Paris, action is being taken now on a college campus in the Commonwealth to reduce carbon emissions.

Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash said an impact study is in the works with Eversource, the local utility, and SolarCity, the company that plans to break ground on a large-scale solar project on campus. He said he hopes that can happen as soon as the snow melts in the spring.

"Hampshire College is going to put in 20 acres of solar collectors and become 100 percent solar for electricity, on an annualized basis," he said.

President Obama told world leaders at the Paris Climate Summit that the United States not only recognizes its role in creating the problem of a warming climate but, "We embrace our responsibility to do something about it."

Lash said the costs for renewable-energy projects are plummeting. The conversion from fossil fuels to solar power is projected to save Hampshire College hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, compared with current electricity costs. Lash said he hopes more competitive renewable energy could mean the time is ripe for world leaders in Paris to make progress.

"That holds our hopea for finally reaching a global deal on climate change, which is a terribly urgent issue at this point," he said. "But, I'm just feeling it's terrific to be on a campus where we have some autonomy and can do things to reduce emissions directly."

Lash said Hampshire College also is the only place in the world with construction of two "Living Buildings" under way. The buildings make their own energy, harvest their own water onsite and even treat their own wastewater, he said.

Lash has spent 17 years working on climate issues and chaired President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - MA