Earlier this fall, Congressman James P. McGovern took the time to meet with Chancellor Subbaswamy and campus sustainability leaders to learn first-hand about the University’s award-winning sustainability efforts related to education, food, energy, and waste reduction on campus.
McGovern visited with faculty, staff, and students for a two hour visit featuring local organic food provided by Dining Services, a series of presentations from a number of green leaders across the campus, and a guided tour of the Berkshire and Franklin Permaculture Gardens.
During his visit McGovern learned about the campus signing of the Real Food Campus Commitment, which obligates the University to procure 20% of all food from real food sources (humane, local, organic, fairly traded, etc.) by 2020.
He learned about the history of sustainable-minded food and agricultural education on the UMass campus, about the school’s current Sustainable Food and Farming Major, and the M.S. in Sustainability graduate program.
In addition, he heard presentations from UMass faculty about research on engaging diverse groups of regional stakeholders impacted by sustainability; he also learned about the University’s annual Permaculture Your Campus Conference and the many additional ways UMass Amherst is helping students learn, live, and lead green on the campus every day.
For related detail see:
- Congressman McGovern UMass Amherst Tour Photos
- Sustainable UMass - Academic Breadth
- The Real Food Campus Committment
- UMass Faculty Civic Engagement Plan with New England Sustainable Knowledge Corridor