UMass Amherst continues its mission to be a leader in sustainability for the community, state, and nation.
UMass Amherst has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation since 2018 as a Tree Campus USA for its commitment to effective urban forest management. UMass Amherst Earns Tree Campus USA Designation, April 2017 Press Release
UMass Amherst has earned a STARS Gold rating for 12 straight years since 2011 in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. UMass Amherst Again Earns STARS Gold Rating for Sustainability Efforts, April 20, 2023 Press Release
UMass Amherst continues to be among the nation’s most environmentally responsible higher educational institutions, according to The Princeton Review’s 2023 Guide to Green Colleges, landing at #28 in their Top 50 Green Colleges List, out of 455 schools. UMass Amherst Makes Princeton Review’s ‘Green Colleges’ List for Seventh Consecutive Year, October 31, 2022 Press Release
UMass Amherst participates in this national competition that helps colleges and universities advance campus recycling, food waste diversion, and waste reduction efforts. In 2023 UMass Amherst placed 2nd nationally in waste diversion category among large schools. Campus Race To Zero Waste (formerly RecycleMania)
UMass Amherst has completed Stage 1 zero waste assessment of the Atlas program with the Post Landfill Action Network. Stage 1: Atlas Zero Waste Certification
In 2022 UMass Amherst became one of only eight universities in Massachusetts to receive the commendation for providing safe, accessible biking on campus by the League of American Bicyclists (BFU). UMass Amherst Named a Bike Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists, November 9, 2022 Press Release