Sustainability Fellowship Program

The Sustainability Fellowship Program began in the fall of 2009 with one student intern and has since grown to engage as many as 20 interns in a given semester.

Fellows work on Sustainable UMass initiatives and are mentored by a faculty sponsor, the program coordinator, and the Sustainability Manager. Students and supervisors collaborate to set individual goals.

Each fellow is hired to focus on a specific aspect of sustainability on campus. Categories include: Energy Programs, Green Building, Food Systems, Academic Programs, facilitation of the Green Office Program, Transportation, Waste and Recycling, Outreach, and Web Communication. Categories may or may not be active depending on active initiatives. Projects are determined on an individual basis to further the implementation of sustainable practices on campus in all of these areas.

In addition to responsibilities to faculty advisors and the planning and implementation of projects, fellows are required to spend a few hours each week in the Sustainability Manager's office. This structured time commitment allows for collaboration between interns and a greater sense of community between all members of the program. In total, participants are expected to spend about nine hours each week on sustainability-related work.

The Sustainability Fellowship Program aims to continue to make UMass sustainable in all areas of operation while providing an enriching experience for individual program participants.  Fellows will walk away with experience, knowledge, and a greater passion for sustainable change than they previously possessed.

How does it work?

First semester Fellowship – ENVIRSCI 398 Practicum

  • 3 Pass/Fail Upper Level Elective Credits


  • Midterm Reflection
  • Final write-up of the projects you’ve contributed to

Second semester Fellowship Independent Study – ENVIRSCI 396 Independent Study

  • 3 Graded Upper Level Elective Credits


  • Midterm Reflection
  • Final Powerpoint presentation of the projects you’ve contributed to
  • Final research paper on an individual initiative