“I have never seen a school with so many and such high caliber people working towards sustainability. Everywhere I look here I see signs of hope and inspiration convincing me that change is possible”
-Annie Leonard (Director of Greenpeace USA, Founder of the Story of Stuff Project & 2013 UMASS Amherst Earth Day Keynote Speaker)
Our Sustainability Mission Statement:
As members of the Sustainable UMass community...
- We explore and communicate ways to improve upon current university practices by fostering innovative ideas and technologies within the campus community and beyond
- We educate the campus community to create a healthier and more responsible environment
- We develop progressive solutions to reduce negative environmental impacts in ways that are economically beneficial
- We create and consistently advocate for a diverse & inclusive culture of sustainability throughout the campus community and beyond
Opportunities & Leadership Responsibility
At UMASS Amherst there is an incredible amount of opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to learn about sustainability, to practice sustainable living in a collaborative community environment, and to share, teach, and highlight our stand-out knowledge as leaders in the field. The University recognizes its responsibility to be a leader in sustainable development and education for the community, state, and nation.
Imparting knowledge of sustainability is vital to achieving our campus wide mission of producing well educated citizens who serve as leaders in their fields working to create a just, healthy, and sustainable world.
2014: UMass Amherst wins the 2014 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award in the "Doctorate Granting Institution" category
2014: UMass Amherst Dining Services selected as a gold recipient for procurement practices in the 2014 Sustainability Awards given by the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS)
2014: UMass Amherst makes the 2014 Princeton Review Green Honor Roll (1 of 22 schools)
2014: Rated STARS Gold University by AASHE for version 1.2 with a score of 70.93
2014: UMass Amherst named the state champion in the 2014 Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency Recognition Program by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
2013: Sustainable UMass wins the MassRecycle University Recycling Award and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Food Recovery Challenge "Colleges and Universities" and "Innovation" Awards
2013: UMass Libraries Sustainability Fund wins Gale Cengage Learning Financial Leadership Development Award
2012: UMass Amherst Permaculture wins the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge
2011: Rated STARS Gold University by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) with a score of 66.49
Our Sustainable Community
Sustainable UMASS consists of a diverse group of campus-wide sustainability advocates & leaders. These include members of the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee (formerly EPAC), the Campus Sustainability Manager, the Sustainability Communications & Marketing Manager, our student Eco-Reps, Sustainability Fellows, Permaculture Initiative and Real Food Challenge interns, and a number of other vital faculty, staff and student advocates on campus.
The Sustainable UMass community is made up of people like you, who believe in making our campus and world a healthier, greener place to be.