Guided by the Chancellor's Sustainability Committee (formally EPAC), the university has demonstrated a level of leadership in sustainability that few peer institutions can claim.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst was awarded a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in recognition of its campus sustainability accomplishments in areas such as energy and water conservation, transportation, creating a sustainable permaculture garden and composting dining hall food waste.
UMass Amherst scored a 66.49 out of the possible 104 points to earn the gold rating (the most advanced rating category currently achieved). The highest category, currently unreached by any institution, is platinum, which requires a score of 85 or better. The rating is good for three years.
As of July 31, 2013 there are 47 STARS Gold institutions. Compared to large doctoral universities in the US (i.e., research universities with more than 20,000 students), UMass ranks in the top 10.
In addition to its STARS Gold status, UMass Amherst is proud to be recognized as a Charter Member of AASHE, counting itself among the earliest schools to have signed on to the AASHE Reporting Program, thereby helping to spread the use of sustainability reporting and assessment among higher education institutions across the nation.
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