Sustainability Planning

Students working on a restoration project

In January 2017, then-Acting President Sonya Stephens created the Sustainability Task Force in as part of The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2021. In her announcement of the task force, Stephens highlighted the College’s commitment “to address climate change, evaluate current progress on sustainability, and identify future opportunities to pursue more progressive actions related to campus sustainability and our environmental curriculum.” She also underscored the connections between initiatives in diversity, equity and inclusion and environmental sustainability. The task force included members of the faculty, staff and students from various departments and offices from across campus. After community review, the recommendations of the task force were presented to the Board of Trustees in October 2017.  

In January 2018, the Board of Trustees of Mount Holyoke College endorsed the overarching goals of the College’s Sustainability Task Force. Among these was becoming a carbon-neutral campus by 2037, Mount Holyoke’s bicentennial. The Sustainability Steering Committee was formed in April 2018 in order to develop a three-to-five year plan to implement the task force’s recommendations. These recommendations include:  

  • Make policy recommendations
  • Identify areas that need additional planning and research
  • Identify minimal-cost items for short-term implementation
  • Identify priority projects to propose to the Capital Projects Committee
  • Recommend methods to cultivate a culture of campus sustainability.  

Sustainability Steering Committee


V.S. (Raghu) Raghavan, Director of Sustainability, Associate Director of the Miller Worley Center for Environment


Shannon Gurek, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Marcella Runell Hall, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Olivia Aguilar, Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment; Associate Professor - Environmental Studies
Jenica Allen, Campus Living Lab Manager; Biological Sciences
Jordan Lassonde, Assistant Director - Miller Worley Center for Environment
Rick Bigelow, Associate Director and Chief Engineer, Facilities Management
Carl Weber, Associate Director of Capital Planning and Budget, Facilities Management
Rich Perna, Executive Director; Auxiliary Services & Dining Services
Catarina Costa, Associate Dean, Office of Admission
Keith Michel, Executive Director for Leadership Gifts, Office of Advancement
Cara Lapenas, Academic Department Coordinator I; Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies
Alexis Allen, Coordinator of Fimbel Maker and Innovation Lab; Physics
Louise Labrie, Academic Department Coordinator I; Physical Education and Athletics
Margaret Stevens, Associate Director of Budget, Contracts and Procurement; Library Information and Technology Services
Al Werner, Professor of Geology
Naomi Darling, Five College Assistant Professor of Sustainable Architecture
Sasha Nyary, Senior News Writer and Copyeditor, Office of Communications and Marketing
Serin Houston, Assistant Professor of Geography and International Relations; Geology and Geography
Liz Lierman, Director, Career Development Center
Kevin McCaffrey, Director of Government and Community Relations; Advancement Office
Adrianne Wu, student
Hareem Khan, student
Adrienne Baxter, student
Lasya Priya Rao Jarugumilli, student

Please submit ideas for making Mount Holyoke a greener campus. Email Sustainability with comments and suggestions.