Draft Report of Sustainability Task Force

Sonya Stephens
Acting President

October 6, 2017

Dear members of the Mount Holyoke College community,

We are pleased to provide the Draft Recommendations of the Sustainability Task Force to the Mount Holyoke community for your review and feedback. The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2021 identifies sustainability as a strategic priority, and in January 2017 the Mount Holyoke Sustainability Task Force was created to recommend progressive action to advance sustainability in campus operations, programming and the curriculum. The 28-member task force, representing faculty, staff and students, formed five working groups focusing on:

• education and awareness 
• buildings, energy use and transportation 
• sustainable-food purchasing and dining operations 
• grounds and campus field research
• communications and outreach.

The Draft Recommendations of the Sustainability Task Force are the results of the working groups’ evaluation of previous and current campus initiatives, review of comparative data from peer institutions, engagement with campus stakeholders and visioning to develop sustainability goals, and strategies for the near and long term.

Please take the time to review this report and provide any feedback you might have on the form provided. The draft recommendations and community feedback will be shaped into a sustainability plan over the next year that will provide a campus-wide road map for moving sustainability forward at Mount Holyoke over the next five years and beyond.


Sonya Stephens
Acting President

Catherine Corson
Miller Worley Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment

Nancy Apple
Associate Director for Sustainability