At UMass Amherst there is an incredible amount of opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to learn about sustainability and to practice sustainable living in a collaborative environment. The university recognizes its responsibility to be a leader in sustainable development and education for the community, state, and nation.

Imparting knowledge of sustainability is vital to achieving our campus wide mission of producing citizens who serve as leaders in their fields working to create a just, healthy, and sustainable world.

Our Recent History






  • The Franklin Permaculture Garden, a thesis projected conceived by student Ryan Harb (2008 – B.B.A. Business Management & 2010 – MS Green Building, Permaculture, Sustainability) wins the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge and is honored at the White House.


  • UMass Amherst is rated a STARS Gold University by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).


  • The Environmental Performance Advisory Committee (EPAC) compiles and publishes the UMass Amherst Climate Action Plan, which identifies strategies that will help the campus reach carbon neutrality by 2050.


  • Student Josh Stoffel (2011 – M.Ed.) develops and launches the Eco-Rep Program, a peer-to-peer education program designed to promote student facilitated learning focused on sustainable issues.


  • UMass System President Jack M. Wilson signs the five UMass campuses onto the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
  • To fulfill the requirements outlined in the ACUPCC, UMass Amherst Chancellor Thomas Cole forms the Environmental Performance Advisory Committee (EPAC), which writes the University’s first Climate Action Plan.