Chair: Monica Rochon
The United States has celebrated Earth Day for nearly four decades, an homage to the ways “Going Green” and being “Eco-friendly” have become popular phrases and in some cases, a way of life. These sustainability initiatives of sorts are influential and stimulate student involvement, learning, and awareness. Residential Life at the University of Massachusetts Amherst strives to support green efforts by actively encouraging and engaging residents and staff to create, adopt, and implement green initiatives in the residential community and campus at large.
The mission of the UMass Residential Life Subcommittee for Sustainability is to share and promote the value of sustainable living. As we pursue this mission, we will strive to be collaborative with other departments on campus, identify strategies to communicate information effectively, and to encourage student participation and contributions to the committee. Within our halls, we hope to heighten student and staff awareness around issues of sustainability as it relates to both personal and social responsibility in our residential communities.
Currently Residential Life’s larger efforts include the Common Read book program and the Green Tour Room. This academic year the book is No Impact Man, by Colin Beavan which highlights the importance of community and sustainability. Residential Life staff and academic partners will help to facilitate discussions around themes of the book within the residence halls throughout the first 6-8 weeks of the semester. The department has designed a Model Green Room in Crabtree that will showcase eco-friendly items that incoming students can purchase from local organizations or online.