James K. Boyce: Greening the library

  • An artist’s conception of what one side of the renovated and expanded Jones Library would look like from Amity Street. COURTESY FINEGOLD ALEXANDER ARCHITECTS

Thursday, October 21, 2021

The contribution of any one person, or any one building, to global climate change may seem inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. Yet there are good reasons to put our own house in order even as we work for systemic change.

So it is with Amherst’s Jones Library. Sticking with the status quo will generate more than 18,000 tons of CO2 emissions in the next six decades, according to the sustainability assessment prepared by Boston architects Finegold Alexander. The proposed renovation will cut this by about two-fifths, even after accounting for emissions from new construction and demolition of the addition built in the 1990s. Greening our library will be a local step toward greening our planet.

A “Yes” vote on Nov. 2 is a vote for the future in more ways than one.

James K. Boyce