Hamilton College Climate Change Plan
Hamilton College’s carbon emission 40% by the year 2025. Hamilton College
its energy consumption and pursue the development and use of renewable energy
The goal is to achieve climate neutrality by 2050:
Develop programs to raise awareness and encourage conservation by all members
Provide tools and incentives for
Continue to use Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines
in new construction and major renovations.
Use space efficiently to minimize the size of the physical plant and its
consequent energy consumption
Ensure that the College’s academic and non-academic practices and processes
minimize the use of hazardous materials and the production of hazardous
Continuously improve Hamilton’s recycling program.
Emphasize and support the procurement of local products, encourage the
resources and reduce transportation emissions.
Focus procurement on products that contribute to sustainability, including
are energy efficient, made with recycled content, and have the capacity to be
their use has ended.
Manage the Hamilton College Arboretum, forest and other landholdings to
to store carbon, while ensuring their health, sustainability and contribution
Support and encourage curricular programming for environmental education.
has already invested in supplemental wind and solar systems resulting in 25
metric tons of carbon emission reduction). The array is expected to produce
approximately 15% of the College’s current power needs.
upgrades in 2016 yielded savings of 312,000 kwh annually for exterior
lighting and 1.5 million kilowatt hours annually for interior lighting.
Window replacements, coupled with heating
system upgrades have produced energy reductions of 25% with a resultant
decrease in emissions of 210 metric tons of CO2e.
of 2016, Hamilton has achieved a 23 percent reduction in fleet emissions
since the baseline year 2007 by replacing vehicles with more fuel efficient
College will promote carpooling for employees and student