Energy and Climate Action

Mount Holyoke's Climate Commitment

In June of 2004, Mount Holyoke formally joined the fight against global warming by entering into a partnership with Clean Air-Cool Planet, a leading organization in the region dedicated to finding and promoting solutions to global warming.

The College has developed and maintains a Greenhouse Gas Inventory of direct emissions of green house gases, electrical use, fuel use for heating, and fuel use for fleet transportation going back to 1990.

In signing this agreement, the College agreed to set a target for Greenhouse Gas reductions consistent with those established by the 2001 Regional Climate Action Plan adopted by the governors of the six New England states and the premiers of the five eastern Canadian Provinces. The Plan established short term goals of reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions throughout the region to 1990 levels by 2010 and to a level 10% below 1990 levels by 2020.

The College met its 2010 Greenhouse Gas climate action goal of returning to 1990 emission levels by 2010. 2010 GHG emissions were 15% below 2009 and close to 10% below 1990 levels. This reduction is a result of energy retrofit projects, green building practices, energy use policies, energy conservation practices on the part of the entire community, and switching of fuel from oil to natural gas.

Mass College Green Initiative

Through its participation in the Mass College Green Initiative, the College will benefit from energy-efficiency measures soon to be implemented in five campus facilities: Carr Laboratories, Clapp Laboratory, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, Kendade Hall, and the central power plant.

Green Revolving Fund
In 2015, the College established a Green Revolving Fund to provide funding to implement energy conservation, renewable energy and other sustainability projects that reduce resource use and generate cost savings.  The Fund was started with the savings generate by the projects funded through Mass College Green Initiative.  The savings of funded projects will be tracked and used to replenish the fund.

Green Computing
Make those other computers green with envy! Save energy and the environment by practicing green computing.

Give the Energy Hogs a Break!
There's nothing you need to leave on while you're away.

Campus Energy

Where Does Campus Electricity Come From?
Find out how the campus fits into the electric grid.

MHC Energy Use
Energy use since 1990 corrected for total building square footage.

Building Energy Use
Electrical use by building for fiscal year 2013.

Residence Hall Heating Systems
Tips on how to make your heating system work for you.

Energy Conservation and Efficiency

War of the Watts
MHC's new inter-hall electricity conservation competition.

Residence Hall Cap Insulation
Recent renovations have greatly contributed to the energy efficiency of the MHC campus.

Occupancy Sensors
Occupancy sensors reduce energy consumption by automatically shutting off lights when rooms are empty.

Heating and Cooling Policy
Target temperature for academic and administrative areas during the heating season.

Science Energy Recovery System
In early 2007, an energy recovery loop was installed in the science complex to reclaim heating and cooling energy from the building exhaust.

Howard Gym Renovation
Mount Holyoke undertook the retrofit of gymnasium lighting in Summer 2005.

ECO-Friendly Offices
Small actions repeated every day can significantly reduce the environmental impact of your work.

Keep it Cold, But Save the Juice!
A soda machine, which runs 24/7, uses a lot of energy, about 10 times the electricity of a home refrigerator.

Energy Myth Busters
The energy crisis has given rise to a growing set of energy myths.