In the Community

Energy and Water Conservation, Renewables

UMass Boston engages in a number of energy-conservation and water-conservation efforts, including using water-conserving faucets and toilets, energy-efficient compact fluorescents and LEDs, ENERGY STAR® copy machines and devices; powering down features for computers; and reducing IT energy consumption.

In 2011, as an ARRA project, UMass Boston installed its first-ever solar photovoltaic array, with more than 350 roof-mounted panels with a 74 KW capacity on the roof of Wheatley Hall. A real-time readout in the Wheatley Hall lobby allows students, staff, and faculty to see the renewable energy generated. You can also track energy savings from your computer.

Following its 2011 first 74KW solar photovoltaic array on the roof of Wheatley Hall, two of UMass Boston's LEED Gold academic buildings – the Integrated Sciences Complex (opened 2015) and University Hall (opened 2016) – have incorporated many state-of-the-art clean energy, renewable energy, and water efficiency features. For more information on UMass Boston’s progress on clean energy, renewables, green building energy and water conservation features as well as fossil fuel divestment, see pages 31 and 35-36 of the 2016 Sustainability Report.

In 2016-17 UMass Boston invested in one of the largest solar rooftop off-site installations in New England as part of its commitment to clean and renewable energy.

To learn about the commitment of UMass Boston and the UMass system to clean energy and climate neutrality, see pages 5-9 of the 2016 Sustainability Report.