Master Plan Sustainability

An Ongoing Process

Planning for campus sustainability is an ongoing process and Campus Planning leads a subcommittee of the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee that is charged to support a broad conversation on how community sustainability planning methods apply to campus physical planning.  In 2015 the committee published a chapter on Master Plan Sustainability that provides an overview of campus systems, greenhouse gas emissions reporting, and sustainability relating to energy, green infrastructure, utilities, transportation, buildings, and other joint academic/operational initiatives. 

UMass Amherst is a member of the US Green Building Council and has committed to build all new construction and major renovation projects at a LEED™ Silver level or higher.  Campus Planning has LEED accredited professionals who serve as a resource to students and staff seeking LEED accreditation, support all campus design & construction projects undergoing LEED certification, maintain a database of LEED facility documentation and lead green building tours that allow our community and the public to learn from and take pride in the successes of our green facilities. 

If you have any questions about physical planning for sustainability, LEED certification and professional accreditation, or are interested in a green building tour, please contact Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham at or 413-577-1720.

Quick Facts

The 96 acres devoted to surface parking is nearly the size of the academic core

Campus has 18.8 miles of roadways, 2.8 Million sf of sidewalk and 947 ramps/stairs

Campus trees sequester 285 tons CO2 per year and intercept 5.8 million gallons of rainwater

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2015 Master Plan Sustainability [Scholarworks]

2012 Campus Master Plan [PDF]

UMass Amherst Campus Master Plan Map 2012 [PDF]