In 2007, former UMass President Jack M. Wilson signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), which committed the five UMass campuses to developing a plan for reaching carbon neutrality.
To achieve the goal of the ACUPCC, former UMass Amherst Chancellor Thomas Cole appointed the Environmental Performance Advisory Committee (EPAC) and charged the group with implementing sustainability projects and to develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP). The first CAP was approved in 2010 and guided the campus for two years.
Climate Action Plan 1.0 (first plan 2010)
In 2012 the CAP was updated by the Chancellor's Sustainability Committee (formerly the EPAC) to reflect campus accomplishments and to present a comprehensive plan for future sustainability efforts across all aspects of the campus. Climate Action Plan 2.0 helped establish metrics and sustainable goals for the campus.