The University of Massachusetts Amherst is committed to reducing the environmental impact of campus life and operations.
The UMass Amherst Climate Action Plan (CAP), approved in 2010, was the first campus document to identify strategies to help the campus reach carbon neutrality by 2050, a goal to which former UMass President Jack M. Wilson committed the five UMass campuses in 2007 when he signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
In order to put this commitment into action, Former Chancellor Thomas Cole appointed the Environmental Performance Advisory Committee (EPAC) and charged the committee to implement campus sustainability projects and develop a Climate Action Plan (Chancellor Cole’s Letter: Appendix I).
Having been guided by this initial plan for two years and having accomplished many of its initial objectives, EPAC (now known as the Chancellor's Sustainability Committee) began in February 2012 to prepare an updated CAP: this current document reviews those accomplishments, and presents a comprehensive plan for future sustainability efforts across all aspects of the Campus.
UMass Energy and Emissions Data:
Each year, the UMass Amherst Sustainability Manager is responsible for reporting energy consumption data to the MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Leading by Example Program. Here is a synopsis of the overall trends of what has been reported to DOER since 2004:
27% reductions in GHG emissions since LBE 2002-2004 baseline (168,490 MTCO2 in FY04, 122,412 MTCO2 in FY13)
3% reductions in Weather Normalized Building Energy Use Intensity (EUI, kbtu/sqft) from 180.71 in FY04 to 175.11 in FY13
16% increase in total building square-footage (9.9 MSF in FY04 to 11.6 MSF in FY13)
The Campus Sustainability Manager is also responsible for reporting campus emissions to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Reporting Tool. Here is the link to our 2013 GHG Inventory Report: http://rs.acupcc.org/ghg/2933/.