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UMass Lowell has been recognized for its leadership in its academic and research activities, greenhouse gas and energy reductions, sustainability, and commitment to the environment.

AwardTitleDescriptionYear
Seal_of_Massachusetts.pngLeading by Example - Institution Award - University of Massachusetts SystemThe Leading by Example Awards recognize outstanding efforts among public higher education institutions that have established and implemented policies and programs resulting in significant and demonstrable energy and environmental benefits. The University of Massachusetts five campuses were recognized for their continued commitment to the Leading By Example program and collective partnership efforts around sustainability, energy efficiency, and carbon neutrality.2016
GRA-3-star.pngCrossroads Cafe 3-Star Certified Green RestaurantCrossroads Cafe has achieved a 3-star rating for green dining practices. The criteria was evaluated based on recycling, composting, energy and water usage, waste disposal, chemicals, quality of food, building structure, annual education, and training.2016
aashe-goldAASHE STARS Gold InstitutionThe Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. It is used by colleges and universities internationally and is the premiere tool for benchmarking sustainability at higher education institutions across the world.2016
GRA-3-star.pngMcGauvran Dining Commons 3-Star Certified Green RestaurantThe McGauvran Dining Commons has achieved a 3-star rating for green dining practices. The criteria was evaluated based on recycling, composting, energy and water usage, waste disposal, chemicals, quality of food, building structure, annual education, and training.2016
Sierra_Club_logo_color.pngSierra Magazines “Cool Schools” RankingSierra magazine rates their cool schools on a variety of criteria, including, but not limited to: academics, engagement, planning and administration, and innovation.2016
princeton-review-logo.pngGreen School – Princeton ReviewUmass Lowell is rated in the top 353 schools for sustainability out of over 2000 that The Princeton Review considered. The objective of this review was to analyze for an enhanced student experience through academics and green campus initiatives.2016
CkdKU93UoAAEnnK.pngSecond Nature Climate Leadership Awards *Finalist*Second Nature offers these awards in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools. Another highlighted criteria for the award, is student preparedness with relation to sustainability and climate action.2015 & 2016
static1.squarespace.pngWhite House Champions of Change – Climate Education and LiteracyThe White House Champions of Change award goes to individuals or organizations that do extraordinary acts to benefit their community or local environment.2015
Seal_of_Massachusetts.pngCommonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance – UMass Lowell Climate Action Plan Steering committeeThe UMass Lowell Climate Action Plan Steering Committee developed and implemented strategies and actions to enrich and retain sustainable practices throughout the University. The main objective is using political strategies to allocate funding towards the continuation of sustainable advancements.2015
member_mass_recycle_logo.pngMassRecycle Recycling Award: Institution CategoryAfter beginning single‐stream recycling in 2008, despite enrollment increases and a 55% increase in gross square footage, UMass Lowell decreased solid waste by 46%, and increased their total diversion rate by 29%. Many other efforts including compost and donated goods were evaluated when determining the award recipient.2015
logo-ecoawards.pngSpotlight Award –Bike ProgramsThe spotlight award is an honor to receive, as it rewards exemplary practices, and leadership. Specifically, for this award it was given for the efforts in motivating, and creating options for employees to use sustainable transportation.2015
Seal_of_Massachusetts.pngCommonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance to the UMass Lowell Strategic Energy CommitteeThe Umass Lowell Strategic Energy Committee is responsible for significant savings in cost of energy as well as energy expenditure. The award for their impressive work is a small prize compared to the tremendous impact on the local environment and long term cost savings.2015
Greenovate-logo_horizontal1.pngGreenovate Boston AwardThe Greenovate Boston Awards recognize outstanding achievement in climate action and environmental sustainability in the Boston community.2015
HEED_logo2015_tag.pngInsight into Diversity AwardAn integral foundation of sustainability is a community involvement. The leadership that guides UMass Lowell has ensured the University has a dynamic and inclusive environment, which gives back to the community in the form of scholarships. The action plans that were implemented also enable a wider cultural diversity to be present on Campus.2015
logo-ecoawards.pngPinnacle Award – Excellence in Commuter OptionsThe Pinnacle Award is the highest possible award in its category. The award is received when there is a detailed, diverse commuter plan, involving a variety of options available to employees and students affordably.2013-2015
Seal_of_Massachusetts.pngLeading by Example Personnel Award
(Paul Piraino)
Paul Piraino’s efforts in sustainable actions continue to save the University over one million dollars per year, through significant advances in energy efficiency, and energy focused projects. His title of Energy Sustainability Manager was well deserved.2013
Seal_of_Massachusetts.pngLeading by example- Institution awardThe Leading by Example Awards recognize outstanding efforts among public higher education institutions that have established and implemented policies and programs resulting in significant and demonstrable energy and environmental benefits2012
TreeCampus_USA.pngTree Campus USATree Campus USA recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage their trees, develop connectivity with the community to foster healthy, urban forests, and strive to engage their student population utilizing service learning opportunities.2010-2016
presidents-cs-hr.pngPresidents Higher Education Community Service Honor RollUMass Lowell’s commitment to community engagement and service puts it among the top institutions in the United States, according to a new national ranking. UMass Lowell was chosen for the honor roll in the general community service, education and economic engagement categories.2010-2014