UMass Lowell became a charter signatory of Second Nature's Climate Commitment in 2016.
The Climate Commitment reaffirms UMass Lowell's commitment to combating the effects of climate change and ensuring the university is sustainable and resilient as effects from climate change are increasingly felt in the region.
The university first pledged it's commitment to climate neutrality in 2007 with the signing of what was then known as the American College and University President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) by University of Massachusetts President Jack M. Wilson. President Martin T. Meehan, then UMass Lowell Chancellor, was immediately supportive of the initiative and spotlighted work on energy efficiency and sustainability.
In 2012, UMass Lowell passed it’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) which committed the university to climate neutrality by 2050 and laid out a framework for accomplishing such a goal. In order to develop the comprehensive plan senior administrators from across the campus were gathered together to be sure the goals could be strategically met. This planning group was organized into the CAP Steering Committee. The group continues to meet regularly today to ensure we are on target to meet our emission reduction targets.
The commitment also ensures we are regularly and transparently reporting greenhouse gas emissions. All of UMass Lowell’s Climate Commitment Reporting including our greenhouse gas emissions calculators are freely and publicly available on Second Nature’s Website: UMass Lowell's Second Nature Reporting
The Climate Action Plan is UMass Lowell’s framework for achieving our goal of climate neutrality by 2050.
The University’s Climate Action Plan and Interim reports can be read here:
The CAP Steering Committee oversees seven committees.