Sustainability Science Program Director, Alison Bates, along with a team of scientists has been awarded an NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) Planning Grant to identify with industry partners the key priorities for offshore wind!
A team of scientists including Sustainability Science Graduate Program Director Alison Bates has been awarded an NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) Planning Grant to identify with industry partners the key priorities for offshore wind. The project brings together those with relevant expertise in offshore wind energy from several engineering disciplines, fields of science, the national laboratories, state and federal resource management agencies, industrial stakeholders, and developers; as well as those from affected coastal communities. UMass has the potential to play a key role in setting national priorities for wind energy based on a data-driven, multi-disciplinary system-level framework to identify where advances are needed in science, engineering, and process in order to create a resilient infrastructure that enables responsible wind energy. This project will include two workshops at UMass Amherst this spring that will bring global experts to campus to discuss convergent research objectives and approaches. Bates will spearhead a workshop on social acceptance and ecological considerations relative to wind energy. 


The Sierra Club's magazine has placed UMass Amherst at No. 7 in its 12th annual “Cool Schools” ranking of North America’s greenest colleges and universities. This marks a jump from No. 58 last year, out of 269 schools!


MS3 graduate's work published by Massachusetts Food System Collaborative

As part of her practicum, MS3 graduate Savannah McCarthy, conducted a survey for the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative that demonstrated fresh produce is usually less expensive when purchased directly from the Massachusetts farmers who grow it than it is at grocery stores. You can read about Savannah's work here. NPR Boston mentioned Savannah's work here. Savannah's MS3 concentration was Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and she welcomes comments or questions from current or future MS3 students about her work.



MS3 candidate Varsha Suresh interning at World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington D.C.

My name is Varsha Suresh. I am a currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Sustainability Science (MS3) program. I graduated with an engineering degree from Bangalore and moved to Amherst Massachusetts a year ago to complement my knowledge of technology with an understanding of policy to facilitate decision making in the realm of sustainability. My concentration within the program is Renewable Energy/Urban Sustainability. I am currently taking a semester break to intern at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington D.C. My experience at WRI so far has been wonderful. The culture here is conducive to learning and there is an emphasis on networking and building connections with experts on various projects. As an intern, I am thrilled about the global exposure that I am receiving during my time here. My role as a Climate Data intern involves developing datasets on greenhouse gas emissions for a city level data portal whose audience will include citizens and local governments.

My journey to this opportunity has been one that involved a lot of course exploration during my first year of the MS3 program. The courses I took and the interactions I had with my processors have been
instrumental in shaping my decisions. The flexible nature of the MS3 program allowed me to explore my interests in the areas of sustainability and energy without any constraints. I look forward to return to the MS3 program at the end of this opportunity and take courses that will bridge gaps in my existing knowledge of climate and energy. At the end of my MS3 program, I hope to be associated with similar global organizations that facilitate decision making through technology and policies.


UMass Amherst Surges in Rankings for Sustainable Universities, Moving up to No. 9 in Nation!


Our very own Caroline Myran, recent MS3 grad, got a mention in this Bloomberg News article. She plays an important role as a project manager for an innovative sustainable agriculture project with new technology.