Replace the campus circulatory heating system—consisting of 26 miles of inefficient steam pipes—to efficient low-temperature hot water.
Stop burning fossil fuels
Transition to a modern low-temperature hot water system that can trade and store energy using a variety of renewable thermal technologies.
Accelerate energy efficiency upgrades
Renovate buildings to decrease energy demand and make them compatible with low-temperature hot water.
Expand the use of renewable energy
Expand on-site solar and ground-source heating and cooling and use more electricity from the rapidly greening grid.
Enhance our campus energy command center
Improve our ability to track and report energy and sustainability metrics.
Integrate our energy transition work into UMass Amherst culture
Take full advantage of the once-in-a-generation opportunity for research, education, and higher-ed leadership provided by UMass Carbon Zero.