UMass Boston

Campus Center

Campus Center Sustainability Features

The UMass Boston Campus Center was designed in 1998 and completed construction in 2004, using leading energy efficiency and energy conservation features at the time. The Campus Center now showcases many sustainability features and programs, including;

  • Building Design
    In contrast to the heritage buildings constructed in the ‘70s, the building was designed with a large amount of daylighting, open common spaces, and highlights scenic views, improving the occupant experience.
  • landscaping
    The grounds around the campus center does not use pesticides and includes many native species.
  • lighting
    Many areas are controlled by timers to provide light only when needed. Lighting in restrooms, storage closets, and low-traffic areas is controlled by motion sensors.
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
    Computer controls manage both heating and air conditioning to reduce energy consumption and maximize the use of energy resources only when the building is occupied.
  • Water Conservation
    Restroom faucets have been fitted with automatic shut-off devices. Toilets and urinals have fitted with water-saving flush mechanisms.
  • low carbon transit access
    The campus center has a Campus Shuttle stop (connecting to the MBTA) and has access to BlueBikes, Zipcars, and Electric Scooters.
  • Recycling
    Containers are located throughout the facility to support single-stream (Paper, Plastic, and Aluminum Containers) recycling.
  • composting
    In the Food Court, containers collect organic and compostable waste.
  • Paper
    All department printers and copy machines within the Campus Center utilize 30% post-consumer recycled copy paper or higher.
  • food and dining sustainability
    The Campus Center Food Court utilizes many local produce and dairy during their growing season. UMass Boston Dinning Services is implementing the Better Tomorrow Plan, which includes 18 commitments for a brighter future by focusing on four key priorities: health, planet, community, and our people.
  • Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products
    Cleaning and maintenance staff use cleaning products that are primarily natural and non-toxic. 
  • fair trade
    Many Fair Trade products are sold at the university bookstore.
  • always adding more!
    Be in touch with the Campus Center Staff and the Office of Campus Planning & Sustainability Staff if you want to know more about these features or to help increase sustainability options at the Campus Center and the entire campus.