The Princeton Review Highlights UMass Boston’s Green Efforts

Christian Arthur, Communications Correspondent | August 01, 2014
UMass Boston is completing work on its first LEED Silver-certified building, the Integrated Sciences Complex.

UMass Boston is completing work on its first LEED Silver-certified building, the Integrated Sciences Complex.
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For the fifth consecutive year, UMass Boston has made the Princeton Review’s Green Colleges Guide.

“UMass Boston has a longstanding commitment to sustainability, and we’re always taking steps to fulfill our pledge,” said Aditi Pain, manager at UMass Boston’s Office of Recycling and Sustainability. “The collective efforts of our campus community make a big difference.”

To assemble the 2014 list, a panel of experts graded nearly all of the four-year institutions in the U.S. on their environmental policies, the sustainable quality of life on their campuses, and how well they prepare their students to be both green professionals and green citizens.

UMass Boston was touted for its green efforts, which include its extensive recycling and composting program, and the availability of organic coffee and locally grown food. 

Other efforts include the installation of hydration stations, which have kept 400,000 plastic bottles out of landfills since 2012. The campus also has a Hubway station located on University Drive across from the Campus Center. Hubway bikes may be rented and returned on campus or at one of the more than 60 stations located throughout Boston and nearby suburbs.

On the roof of Wheatley Hall is a 74-kilowatt solar voltaic array. A real-time display of the solar energy taken in and its impact on campus sustainability is always visible on a screen in the Wheatley Hall lobby and online.

“We are always exploring ways to add renewable options to new buildings where possible,” Pain said.

UMass Boston is completing work on its first LEED Silver-certified building, the Integrated Sciences Complex, and is seeking the same level of certification for General Academic Building No. 1, also under construction. LEED standards rate a building on a variety of environmental responsibility measures.

The Princeton Review wrote that UMass Boston uses a variety of tools to help students develop their green consciousness, including the new School for the Environment, sustainability internships offered, and the research opportunities available at the marshes and rolling uplands of the Nantucket Field Station.

UMass Boston is the only public university in Massachusetts to have signed the international Talloires Declaration, a commitment by higher education institutions to be world leaders in creating and maintaining sustainability. UMass Boston is also part of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, a network of colleges collectively addressing global warming through the reduction of emissions and the development of technologies that can help restabilize the climate. Pain says the Climate Commitment group will be touring the ISC during its 2014 summit in October.

Founded in 1981, the Princeton Review provides test preparation services and resources on admissions. The first Green Colleges list was published in 2009.

About UMass Boston
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and graduate schools serve more than 16,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit www.umb.edu.

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