Our partners help make UMass Amherst the destination of choice for sustainability professionals. Across campus, UMass students are learning, living, and leading sustainability thanks to the vision and efforts of these people and organizations.
Campus Sustainability Manager, Facilities & Campus Services
As the Sustainability Manager at UMass Amherst since 2011, Ezra Small works to foster a culture of sustainability by coordinating efforts across campus operations and forming interdisciplinary collaborative campus partnerships. He is the chair of the Chancellor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee (CSAC), which is the body responsible for advancing overall sustainable efforts at the University. Ezra oversees the reporting process for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment Rating System (STARS) as well as annual energy and emissions reporting to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (MA DOER) and the Second Nature Climate Commitment. Ezra has been working to advance the renewable energy portfolio of the campus, build a collaborative team of students, faculty, and staff to increase recycling rates, promote greener construction and renovations of campus buildings, and continue to advance energy efficiency and alternative transportation. Ezra and his staff oversee the Sustainability Fellowship program which supports undergraduate student efforts in proposing and implementing sustainability projects and also houses the Green Office Program which helps campus staff green their office operations. Ezra founded and currently manages the Sustainability, Innovation & Engagement Fund which provides a platform for all campus community members to have a sustainability impact on the campus. Ezra serves on the steering committee for a faculty development program called the Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship. Ezra is an ‘07G UMass Amherst Alum from the Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation Graduate Program now part of Environmental Conservation and the School of Earth & Sustainability.
Sustainability Specialist Librarian
Madeleine Charney entered the world of academic librarianship shortly after receiving her MLS in 1991. Midway through her career, she received a second Master's degree in Landscape Planning and Design from the Conway School. She worked for several years as the solo librarian at the New England Small Farm Institute. Since arriving at UMass in 2004, she has become the sustainability "go-to person" at the UMass Amherst Libraries. She is the founder and moderator of Sustainable UMass, a campus-wide listserv. With a passion for growing food, Madeleine is a certified Permaculture Designer and has completed the training program offered by the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association. She is co-founder and current Coordinator of SustainRT: Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities, under the American Library Association.
General Manager, Office of Waste Management
John Pepi has served as the General Manager of the UMass Amherst Office of Waste Management Moving and Surplus Property since 1997. Previously, he worked for 8 years with the Mass Dept. Of Environmental Protection and 2 years with the Cape Cod Planning Commission. He is a 1978 UMass alum - of the Social Thought and Political Economy program and received a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University in 1986.
Project Coordinator, USDA Forest Service Urban Natural Resources Institute
Primary work involves research and technology transfer initiatives related to urban natural resource structure, function and value. The development of new tools and technologies that can be utilized by planners, managers and researchers are the primary focus of the work undertaken by the Urban Natural Resources Institute (UNRI), where Dr. Bloniarz serves as its project director. Read more >
Departments and Organizations
Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Through integrative teaching, research, creative work, and outreach, we design and plan sustainable communities and regions. We seek integrative, regenerative, community-based, beautiful solutions to serve the ecological, economic and social needs of human as well as natural systems. Our distinctive academic department, which combines landscape architecture and regional planning, enables us to connect spatial and social forms across multiple scales, from the site to the city to the region, and from design to plan to program and policy implementation. Learn more >
Department of Environmental Conservation, College of Natural Sciences
The Department of Environmental Conservation's focus extends from the ecology and management of fish and wildlife populations, trees, forests, watersheds and landscapes to the physical, social, and policy aspects of conservation involving urban forests, human habitat, and sustainable building. The study of biology, sociology, policy, engineering, building science, and resource management encompasses rural, suburban, and urban environments. The unifying focus of all these activities is on the stewardship of healthy and sustainable ecosystems that provide important human and community benefits. Learn more >
Stockbridge School of Agriculture, College of Natural Sciences
The Stockbridge School of Agriculture has led and will continue to lead progress toward a more sustainable future. We specialize in hands-on, career-focused education in both science and practice. Our alumni are successful businesspeople and scientists and provide an unparalleled support network for young graduates. Employment rates of Stockbridge graduates approach 100%. Learn more >
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