Letter: Jones Library Should Be Net Zero On Day One
How can Amherst even consider building a large new library addition and renovation that is not net zero energy on day one? Can we really be that irresponsible? Do we not know what’s happening to others on our planet? Are we oblivious to the devastating fires and hurricanes that are happening in other locales? We have the technology to build net zero right now! The library is exempt from the town bylaw because it’s not actually a town building, but does that mean we ignore the responsibility to build responsibly?
We have beautiful examples of large net zero buildings in our Town: the Hitchcock Center, the Kern Center, South Amherst Congregational Church, Crotty Hall. Let’s build on those examples with a truly fine new library.
I would love to see a beautiful new net zero addition and renovation to the Jones library. I love that library and use it extensively (pre-pandemic). I would excitedly support net zero construction, even though it could be a challenge for me to pay the extra taxes. But I cannot support the plan as it exists. Friends, the planet is calling out to us. Can we listen?
Anne Perkins is a Member of The Amherst Zero Energy Task Force