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Bearing Fruit—Even Tomatoes: MHC's Strategic Plan Yields Success

Civilization Begins with a Rose—and a Plan

Botanic Garden as Metaphor

Leadership and the Liberal Arts: The Weissman Center for Leadership

Speaking Up for Speaking, Arguing, and Writing

January Term Internships: From Monkeys to Marketing

Maps, Memories, and More with the Click of a Mouse

Sharing Meals and More in the Kosher/Halal Dining Room

Putting Tomatoes on the (Genetic) Map

Mount Holyoke Enjoys Banner Years for Applications

High-Tech Room Lets Musicians Play in Virtually Any Venue

Tallying Up the Success of the Plan

Indika Senanayake '03: Transformation Through Performance

A Work of Art on Many Levels: Mount Holyoke, the Mountain

"Greening" Mount Holyoke's Curriculum

Geologist Elizabeth "Betty" Wilson '72 Brings Energy to J-Term

Hannah Kolak '03: Her Worlds Collided

Getting Concrete about Environmental Stewardship

Everything on Track with Langhan Dee '04

Athletics Scoreboard

On the Mount Holyoke Campaign Trail

Five College Center Brings People Together Through Language

Reaping the Rewards of The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2003

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Plan goals: Promote environmental literacy, research, study, and responsibility

  The walkway connecting Clapp Laboratory to Kendade Hall, a bequest from Shirley M. Carson '34
The devil may well be in the details, but so too might be the future well-being of the planet. In two major building projects on the Mount Holyoke campus--the construction of Kendade Hall and the reconstruction of Carr Laboratory, both key components of the College's new science center, and the reconstruction of Blanchard Campus Center--Mount Holyoke is taking the lead in environmental stewardship in the most concrete of ways. Kendade and Carr, now complete, and Blanchard, which reopens in the fall, are "green buildings," built in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria established by the United States Green Building Council. Based on well-founded scientific standards, LEED emphasizes advanced strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. In practical terms, it means that the flooring underfoot in Kendade's dazzling new atrium is not petroleum-based vinyl, but a product made of rosin, wood flour, and other renewable raw materials that can be harvested with little energy consumption. It means that students, faculty, and staff can commute to campus by bicycle, knowing they can shower in Carr. And it means that 90 percent of all regularly occupied spaces in Blanchard will have direct views to the outdoors, lessening the need for artificial lighting. These details, and hundreds more, put Mount Holyoke in the vanguard of the movement toward environmentally responsible building. "We were one of the pioneers with LEED," says John Bryant, director of facilities management for the College. "We are absolutely committed to being good environmental stewards." The science center is a fundraising initiative of the Campaign for Mount Holyoke College.

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