Climate Change & Energy

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Climate Change

Climate Action Plan

UMass Amherst has developed a plan to reduce the environmental impact of campus life and operations. 


The campus is continually exploring new ways to reduce campus emissions. 

Climate System Research Center 

The Climate System Research Center brings together graduate students, post-docs, research scientists, and university faculty interested in the different aspects of climate. 

Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC)

UMass Amherst NECSC is part of a federal network of eight Climate Science Centers created to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques relating to climate change.


Campus Energy Plan

UMass Amherst has developed a comprehensive energy plan that maps out the next 10 years of energy usage for the campus.

Central Heating Plant (CHP)

The CHP has helped to significantly reduce the campus’s greenhouse gases.

Energy Efficiency 

The university designates millions of dollars for energy conservation projects that upgrade or replace inefficient physical structures and technologies on campus. 

UMass Clean Energy Extension

The UMass Clean Energy Extension provides a resource to reduce market barriers and accelerate the adoption of clean energy for Massachusetts cities and towns, businesses, institutions, farms, low income and multiunit housing, and others.


The university has installed over 5.5 MW of solar capacity across campus on rooftops and over parking lots. 

Wind Energy Center

The Center has worked diligently to maintain and enhance wind energy education programs and research activities.