A student works at the UMass farm.

We Embrace Sustainability

At UMass Amherst, you'll find abundant opportunities to learn about sustainability, practice sustainable living in a collaborative environment, conduct climate research, or work toward a career in green energy, climate justice, or a sustainability-related field.

A student examines a fruit tree at a local orchard.

Environmental consciousness is part of the UMass Amherst DNA. Founded as an agricultural college in 1863, our campus has long been at the leading edge of sustainability development, education, and research. We recognize our responsibility as a leader in sustainability for the local community, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the nation. 

ILC Green Rooftop

Recognized for the eighth consecutive year, UMass Amherst rose to the top 20 among the nation’s most environmentally responsible higher educational institutions, according to The Princeton Review’s 2024 Guide to Green Colleges.

Sustainability Initiatives Across Campus

A students conducts plant research.

Examine different aspects of sustainability through 300-plus courses, or immerse yourself by choosing one of over 20 majors and exploring a career in sustainability.

UMass students plant a tree on campus.

Live, learn, and play sustainably at UMass Amherst through student organizations, idea funding opportunities, and more.

A parking lot on the UMass Amherst campus with solar panel canopy.

Through UMass Carbon Zero, we seek to power the UMass Amherst campus with 100 percent renewable energy.

The Franklin Permaculture Garden at UMass Amherst.

UMass Amherst participates in the Real Food Challenge, requiring 20 percent of the university’s food purchases to be “real food” from local, fair, ecologically sound, and humane food sources.

John W. Olver Design Building

The campus is home to a number of green buildings, including those certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Two individuals sort plastic bottles.

Across dining, residential, office, and classroom sectors, we're working to advance recycling, food waste diversion, and waste reduction efforts. Take the UMass Waste Quiz to test your knowledge and learn about current waste practices at UMass Amherst. 

A UMass student repairs a bicycle.

The League of American Bicyclists named UMass Amherst a Bicycle Friendly University for providing safe, accessible biking on campus.

A display of goods for sale at the UMass Student Farmers' Market.

​A collaboration between UMass Permaculture and the UMass Student Farm, the UMass Student Farmers' Market is a weekly event featuring live music, fresh local veggies, medicinal herbs, handmade crafts, student art, and an opportunity to get to know the amazing sustainability and DIY community on the UMass campus.