UMass Amherst has one of the top sustainability programs  in the country. We are rated STARS Gold by the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and in 2015 were ranked one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by Princeton Review.
We offer 300 courses , 25 majors , and 15 graduate programs , as well as undergraduate research experiences related to sustainability. Students looking for green co-curricular activities can either join our Eco-Rep program , which gives course credit for participation in and managing of on-campus initiatives, or join our Sustainability Fellow program  that hires individuals to focus on green related topics like community development, transportation, or waste & recycling.
In addition to learning about sustainability, students live on a green campus. Our green building guidelines  require new buildings to be certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council. Students and visitors alike discover what energy efficient and environmentally friendly items can be adopted for a greener lifestyle with our Sustainable Room .
We are apart of the Real Food Commitment , which requires that 20% of campus food purchases come from local, fair, ecologically sound, and humane food sources by 2020. Our campus is home to five demonstration permaculture gardens  and our students lead in sustainable food and farming practices at the UMass Student Farm  as well as through the UMass Farmers Marketing .
We have a strong recycling program that includes the composting of 1400 tons of food waste per year. Our students continue to make a huge impact on waste reduction by participating in EPA’s GameDay Challenge , a friendly waste reduction competition between colleges and universities. Students guide administrative offices in waste and energy reduction habits through our Green Office program  and provide pedal power composting pick up to select offices through our Minute Rider program . Along with recycling we practice reuse programs like New2U , which collects unwanted furniture and clothing from residence halls in the spring and sells these items at low cost to students in the fall.
We Learn, Live, and Lead It! Sustainable UMass!