Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.70
Liaison David Gibson
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Hampshire College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Todd Holland
Projects and Operations Manager
Facilities & Grounds
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):


2. Chart signatory of the Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC)

3. Second Nature Resilience Commitment

4. Hampshire College helped co-found the the Intentional Endowments Network with Second Nature

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

AASHE 2017: Leveraging Living Building Challenge Standards Across Campus Operations (w/ Georgia Tech)

AASHE 2017: Reuse or Build New? A Tale of Two Carbon Footprints (w/ Bruner Cott)

NESEA Building Energy 2017: Data Driven Design (w/ Bruner Cott and South Mountain Co.)

2017 Second Nature Presidential Climate Leadership Summit

NASCUP 2018: Big Actions, Bold Changes (w/ Bruner Cott)

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

International Living Future Institute's Living Building Challenge program, Case study on how the R.W. Kern Center built on the Hampshire campus is "Centered on Nature"
See https://living-future.org/biophilic/case-studies/r-w-kern-center/

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Starting in 2014, and continuing to the present, Hampshire College helped co-found the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) with Second Nature. David Dinerman, Hampshire College trustee through 2017, continues to serve on the IEN Executive Board

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Based on Hampshire's experience planning, constructing, and commissioning a Living Building, Hampshire's Project and Operations Manager Todd Holland has mentored Georgia Tech on the planning and preparation for their Living Building project, due to launch in September 2018. Hampshire and Georgia Tech co-presented at the AASHE 2017 conference.

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

Hampshire College initiated and supported a five-college group in the purchase of renewable energy. Colleges included Amherst, Smith, Williams, and Bowdoin. The resulting cooperative purchase is unprecedented in the renewable energy market.

Hampshire College also participated in another cooperative venture to fund local efficiency projects for carbon offsets, by providing energy efficiency incentives to institutional customers in towns with municipal electric utilities. This was with the Center for Eco Technology, with Amherst, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Williams.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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The five-college cooperative renewable energy purchase is expected to be announced in spring 2018.

Hampshire College is assisting the Hitchcock Center, an environmental education center open to all members of the community, in achieving Living Building certification. This includes sharing of data, regular cooperation on commissioning and operation of systems, metering, and the operation/testing/regulation of the rainwater catchment systems.

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