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Planning, Administration, & Reporting

UMass Lowell is is committed to climate neutrality as an institution and is a leader in sustainable education, research, and innovation. Sustainability is at the core of the university’s comprehensive strategy to manage growth and respond to societal needs.

Accelerating our Commitment to Sustainability

The university takes an aggressive approach to responding to the effects of climate change and integrating sustainability into every aspect of university life.

Between FY 2011 and FY 2015, full-time equivalent (FTE) student enrollment has increased by 18% and the physical size of the campus has grown by 24%. At the same time, GHG emissions per FTE student have decreased by more than 15%. In addition, we have reduced our Energy Use Index by 13.8% since FY 2011 and 29% since FY 2005.

UMass Lowell is a school that has been transformed. Along with our robust offerings of high-quality academic programs, creation of state-of the-art facilities, and strong partnerships, UMass Lowell has made a conscious decision to accelerate its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. This path to acceleration is supported by senior officials across the campus.

The university is committed to tracking and benchmarking its progress towards our goals and uses a variety of tools and key performance indicators to evaluate our success and chart the course forward. All of this is closely monitored by the Office of Sustainability and planning groups across campus.