The most recent Green Building Guidelines were approved in 2011 by the Board of Trustees. These guidelines address situations in which construction has been deemed necessary. New construction has an environmental cost, and that cost should be weighed carefully against the potential gains in energy efficiency that new construction can provide. Before considering new construction, the College should examine under-utilized spaces on campus for renovation potential.
The guidelines serve three main purposes:
- They establish targets for the energy use and emissions associated with building programs.
- They offer a common understanding of how Williams’s guiding principles of sustainability should be realized in construction and major renovation projects.
- They document Williams’s aspirations for establishing sustainability goals for major capital projects in a form that can be shared with individuals, other institutions, and the public.