The Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden maintains a diverse, well-documented
and accurately labeled, living plant collection that supports and
enhances teaching and research for the faculty and students of Mount
Holyoke College. The Botanic Garden also promotes conservation of
the world's natural resources, and a better understanding and appreciation
of the relationship between humanity and the rest of the natural world.
Center for the Environment
The Center for the Environment’s programs and activities
offer frames for interdisciplinary, cross-cultural dialogue and
partnerships that link teaching, research, and community service.
By integrating teaching, research, and community service, the Center
seeks to increase awareness of local, national, and global realities
and to encourage all members of campus to act as responsible citizens
of the Earth.
of Earth and Environment
The Department of Earth and Environment offers three different
academic majors: Environmental Studies, Geology, and Geography.
Each provides unique opportunities to explore Earth’s many
environments and human connections to them.
Action Coalition (EAC)
The Environmental Action Coalition (EAC) aims to educate
and engage the Mount Holyoke College community in ecological responsibility,
which shall be both locally and globally focused. As members of
this community, we challenge the College to adopt and commit to
conservation and sustainability through its institutional practices.
We shall encourage students to consider their individual impact
on, responsibilities to and relationship with both their immediate
and larger environments. Through a process of collective learning,
interactive campaigns, and community involvement both within and
beyond the College’s Gates, EAC empowers the College community
to be a leader in sustainable practices. EAC leads the Mount Holyoke
community in the pursuit of environmental justice, as it pertains
to each person, each place, and each living system.
MHC’s Environmental Stewardship program works to
reduce the environmental footprint of college operations looking
at both everyday operations and long term planning. The stewardship
program is organized around five focus areas:
- environmentally responsible green building design and construction
- energy use and climate change
- waste reduction and recycling
- environmentally sensitive grounds practices
- hazardous materials management
Staff, students, and faculty collaborate to define the environmental
impacts of college operations, identify ways to reduce those impacts,
measure our progress, and continuously work to reduce our environmental