Sustainability at UMass

Founded as an land grant agricultural college in 1863, green roots run deep at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Today we are one of the nation’s leading centers of sustainability research and practice.

In addition to founding one of the country’s first Sustainability Science MS programs, UMass offers over 25 sustainability-related undergraduate degrees, over 200 sustainability related courses, and has over 200 faculty conducting research in this field. Learn more >

Published through the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Paperbark Literary Magazine is a platform for conversations about contemporary culture through the lens of sustainability and environmental justice, with themes ranging from climate change, policy, environmental science, and the value of creative expression. Learn more >

As a community, UMass is pioneering the frontiers of sustainable living. Our green procurement policies and innovative waste management efforts are helping to drive a circular economy approach. UMass Amherst is also investing in a cleaner energy future, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions approximately 30% since 2009 and conducting innovative research on solar and wind implementation. Learn more >

Outside the classroom, innovative programs like the Permaculture Initiative, Eco-Reps and Sustainability Fellows are training students to be the next generation of environmental leaders. From the local Western Massachusetts Community, to the White House and beyond, our students are recognized as changemakers and innovators. Learn more >

Princeton Review ranks UMass Amherst among the top 50 Green Colleges, and we have maintained a STARS Gold rating since 2011 from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). In 2018, AASHE ranked UMass Amherst No. 9 in the nation in the STARS Campus Sustainability Index, a leap of 20 places from the previous rating in 2015. 

In addition, UMass Amherst is ranked #7 in 2018 Sierra Magazine Cool Schools - a jump from #58 in 2017!

As an MS student you are at the heart of a vibrant community where we Learn, Live, and Lead sustainability.

Are you as excited about UMass Amherst as we are? See if we are the right program for you. Learn more >