According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), contaminated rain and stormwater is the largest source of water quality impairments in Massachusetts. The Connecticut River Stormwater Committee is one of ten regional stormwater groups that aim to help residents and businesses take steps to reduce runoff and keep Massachusetts’s water clean.
UMass Amherst is a publicly owned facility and therefore adheres to U.S. EPA Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MSSSS) permit. To reduce runoff and its inherent pollution, as well as to protect water resources, the permit includes six minimum control measures:
- Public Education
- Public Involvement
- Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination
- Construction Site Runoff
- Post-Construction Stormwater Management
- Good Housekeeping/Pollution Prevention
To learn more, watch the video above created by the Connecticut River Stormwater Committee.
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Campus Planning has an active role in the Chancellor's Sustainability Advisory Committee (CSAC) and facilitates the Green Building Guidelines which requires all new construction and major renovations on campus achieve a minimum Silver certificaion in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Campus Planning partners with Physical Plant, Design & Construction Management, and Environmental Health & Saftey to support sustainability efforts.
In addition to the development of the master plan, Campus Planning created a report focusing on sustainability, Master Plan Sustainability.
In 2008, the university mandated that all new construction and major renovations on campus achieve a minimum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. Green building standards guide UMass in a continued discovery of the role that design, construction, and operations play in the sustainable future of our campus. The Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) tracks LEED activities campuswide.
Green Campus Resources provides information about sustainability activities in the campus physical environment developed in collaboration with Design & Construction Management, the Physical Plant, and other Facilities & Campus Services departments. This includes Campus Sustainbility Maps and Green Campus Policy Resources.