Planning for Sustainability
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).
The Campus Sustainability Manager has drafted a solar energy plan for the core campus area. The plan looks at multiple types of solar installations such as ground mounted, roof mounted, and parking lot canopies as opportunities for helping the university in increasing it's renewable energy portfolio and meeting state mandates for renewable electricity generation.
Through retro-commissoning (RCx) energy-using equipment is systematically inspected and tested for safety and efficiency.
The Green Building Guidelines outline and prioritize the strategies for sustainability that are most important to the UMass Amherst campus.