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Green Buildings

Master Planning

Did you know that UMass Boston is built on a landfill and is a great example of sustainable site selection and brownfield redevelopment? 

Sustainability is one of the guiding principles of master planning at UMass Boston. UMass Boston was a participant in the Massachusetts Sustainable Roundtable that helped develop the Massachusetts LEED Plus green building standards. Currently, the standards include:

  • sustainable site development
  • energy efficient building design and materials
  • renewable energy sources and technologies
  • use of recyclable and locally available materials
  • clean transportation alternatives

As part of its master plan, UMass Boston completed its first LEED® silver-certified building, the Integrated Sciences Complex (ISC), and is working on its second, University Hall.

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Campus Center

Many of the Campus Center’s award-winning green design and operations features were highlighted in UMass Boston’s Sustainable University of the Year Award. The Campus Center was featured on WCVB-TV's Chronicle when it opened in 2004; now it is participating in the NESEA Green Building Open House tours.

The Campus Center was designed using LEED criteria and numerous, energy efficient and energy conservation features, including white roofing and sensor lighting.

It was constructed with a large amount of open space that provides natural lighting during the day, low e windows, indoor plants, and eco-friendly and ergonomic furniture that includes universal design features.

Containers are located throughout the facility to support paper recycling, commingled glass/metal, and plastics #1-7; cardboard, e-waste, and bulk recyclables are recycled through comprehensive recycling.

Restroom faucets have been fitted with automatic shut-off devices; toilets and urinals have been fitted with water-saving flush mechanisms.

The Campus Center's central food court composts all cafeteria dinnerware, trays, and food waste.

All department printers and copy machines within the Campus Center utilize 30% post-consumer recycled copy paper or higher.

Within the loading dock area, the Campus Center contains an onsite cardboard compactor, recycling nearly 100% of all shipping, packaging and office-related cardboard products.

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.

During the growing season and when available, university food services utilizes locally grown fruits, vegetables, and dairy.

The cleaning and maintenance staff use cleaning products that are primarily natural, non-toxic, and earth-friendly.

UMass Boston also serves organic coffee and fair trade certified products in our cafeterias.

The UMass Boston Campus Center regularly houses "Green Conferences." For more information, visit