Boston’s only public university, UMass Boston has a historically strong commitment to environmental sustainability. It signed the International Talloires Declaration committing to environmental sustainability in the 1990s. It was the first campus in the UMass system and one of few nationally to establish a comprehensive sustainability program in 2002. The five-campus UMass system has since formalized sustainability efforts and annual reporting from each campus. The UMass Board of Trustees has since passed the first ever UMass System Sustainability Policy that focuses on 10 major sustainability guiding principles:
- Sustainability Strategic Planning
- Clean Energy
- Climate Resilience and Preparedness
- Green Building Design and Sustainable Campus Operations
- Sustainable Transportation
- Waste Reduction and Recycling
- Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
- Sustainable Food Services
- Sustainable Water Systems
- Academic and Research Programming and Community Engagement
In 2007, UMass Boston was part of the Leadership Circle of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). In March 2016 UMass Boston was one of 91 charter signatories nationwide to sign the new ACUPCC Integrated Climate Commitment (Carbon Neutrality + Resilience) and is leading the research on climate resilience in Boston and Massachusetts stakeholders. The campus’ Climate Action Plan can be found here.
UMass Boston’s new Integrated Sciences Complex (ISC) that opened in 2015 is the first new academic building on the University of Massachusetts Boston campus in nearly 40 years and the first campus building to achieve LEED Gold certification. University Hall (UH) is the second new academic building in the UMass Boston Master Plan. It began a phased opening in January 2016 and is the second UMass Boston building to achieve a LEED Gold certification.
The campus' sustainability program, UMBe Green, encompasses four areas in working towards sustainability campus-wide and beyond:
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 361 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.
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.