Hamilton’s focus on renovating buildings and reducing their energy footprints helped cut energy consumption by 13 percent between 2006 and 2013. The College Physical Plant continues to explore ways to save energy, including: new lighting technologies, occupancy sensors, heat-recovery systems, improved heating- and cooling-control systems, variable speed drives, high-efficiency boilers, aggressive maintenance and renewal of building envelopes, heating-system upgrades and active monitoring of buildings.
Solar panels have been installed on top the Kirner-Johnson building and the Glen House, providing a combined 40,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy annually. Additionally, Kirner-Johnson has a wind turbine attached to its electrical grid.
Hamilton has announced that it will begin the construction of a 12-acre solar field in the fall of 2017, which will further reduce the college’s CO2 emissions, providing 3.7 million kilowatt-hours annually, 15% of the school’s energy needs.
Hamilton has installed geothermal systems for buildings in Skenandoa House, the atrium of the Taylor Science Building, the Sadove Student Center and the Wellin Museum of Art.