Sustainability Task Force

Students working on a restoration project

Acting President Sonya Stephens created the Presidential Sustainability Taskforce in January 2017 as part of The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2021. In her announcement, she 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.

Structure

The task force is co-chaired by Catherine Corson, director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, and Nancy Apple, director of Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability.

Representatives of faculty, staff and students from various departments and offices from across campus are currently meeting in five working groups:

  1. Buildings, energy use and transportation
  2. Sustainable-food purchasing and dining operations
  3. Grounds and campus field research
  4. Sustainability education and awareness
  5. Communications

Each working group is researching and assessing what the College is already doing well and identifying potential improvements, including an analysis of the relative costs, benefits and funding requirements of each.

Timeline

The task force is meeting monthly over nine months. A final report will be available by October 1, 2017.

Taskforce Members

Chairs

Catherine Corson, Miller Worley Center for the Environment
Nancy Apple, Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability

Members

Ann Blake ’85, Board of Trustees
Lenore Reilly, President’s Office
Gary Gillis, Dean of Faculty’s Office
Alexi Arango, faculty member
Kate Ballantine, faculty member
Naomi Darling, faculty member
Steven Dunn, faculty member
Timothy Farnham, faculty member
Alan Werner, faculty member
Leszek Bledzki, Research Associate
Stephen Taranto, Miller Worley Center
Catarina Costa, Admission
Kevin McCaffrey, Advancement
Dylan Wiley, Advancement
Danielle Lund, Alumnae Association
Doug Vanderpoel, Auxiliary Services
Tom Clark, Botanic Garden
Carly Kite, Communications and Marketing
Dale Hennessey, Dining Services
Rick Kroll, Dining Services
Rick Bigelow, Facilities Management
Paul Breen, Facilities Management
Mike Buckley, Facilities Management
Aaron Haesaert, Staff Council
Rachel Alldis, Student Life
Julia Opel ’18, student
Farah Rawas ’17, student
Shannon Seigal ’19, student
Katie Tyler ’17, student