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UMass Boston has a historically strong commitment to environmental sustainability. It is unique in being the only public university in Massachusetts to sign the international Talloires Declaration committing to environmental sustainability in campus operations and academia. In 2007, UMass Boston became part of the Leadership Circle of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). UMass Boston joins this national effort to reduce its ecological footprint and to accelerate the research, operational and educational efforts of higher education to equip society for a sustainable future. The campus’ Climate Action Plan can be found here. As part of its master plan, UMass Boston is seeking LEED® Silver Certification for the Integrated Sciences Complex (ISC), which opened in January 2015, and General Academic Building No. 1, currently completing construction.

The campus' sustainability program, UMBe Green, encompasses four areas in working towards sustainability campuswide and beyond: 

  1. Recycling
  2. Sustainability
  3. Education
  4. Practice

UMass Boston sustainability efforts have been awarded the Commonwealth of Massachusetts "University Sustainability Award," the Massachusetts ECO-Award for Excellence in Commuting Options. UMass Boston is one of Princeton Review's 353 greenest colleges nationwide.

We thank you for your efforts in helping make our campus an eco-friendly institution. We welcome you to learn and join us in protecting the environment and reducing our ecological footprint.

Beverage Discount

Remember to ask for your reusable cup discount when you bring your own cup for coffee or tea at dining locations on the UMass Boston campus.

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