The American Institute of Architecture’s (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) announced recently that the John W. Olver Design Building on the UMass Amherst campus is a winner this year of its highest honor, the COTE Top Ten Awards. Projects “illustrate the solutions architects have provided for the health and welfare of our communities and the planet,” the AIA citation says.
An estimated 80% of ornamental plants for sale at garden centers and other outlets are non-native, which means “the average yard does a poor job of supporting native flora and fauna,” says invasive plant expert Bethany Bradley at UMass Amherst.
The School of Earth and Sustainability has partnered with the College of Natural Sciences Career Office to host its first Earth and Sustainability Career Fair on Monday, March 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Old Chapel.
Two tree species native to the Northeast have been found to be structurally sound for use in cross-laminated timber – a revolutionary new type of building material with sought-after sustainability characteristics, according to research by Peggi Clouston.
Two students, juniors Meg Davis and Rhada Dave, have developed a device to measure water usage in dorm showers. They used an $1,800 grant from the Sustainability, Innovation and Engagement Fund (SIEF) to create a prototype for their project.
Scientists at UMass Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a new technology they say could have significant implications for the future of renewable energy, climate change and in the future of medicine.