A University Achieving its Climate and Sustainability Goals

UMass Lowell is committed to climate neutrality as an institution and is a leader in sustainable education, research and innovation. Sustainability is a core commitment in the University’s comprehensive strategy to manage growth and respond to societal needs. As a result, UMass Lowell has seen a dramatic transformation that has generated impressive results and woven sustainability into every aspect of campus life. Read more about the office of Sustainability!

Sustainability by the numbers

  • 2050

    Climate Neutrality Target Date

  • 32%

    Total GHG Emissions Reduction Per Square Ft. Since 2012

  • 22%

    Total GHG Emissions Reduction Per Person (FTE) Since 2012

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance

Gold In AASHE's STARS Rating System

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework that measures the sustainability performance of more than 900 colleges and universities in 41 countries around the world. Learn more about AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.

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24th in Sierra Club's Cool Schools List

Sierra magazine rates their cool schools on a variety of criteria, including, but not limited to: academics, engagement, planning and administration, and innovation. Learn More: Sierra Club Cool Schools Full List.

The Princeton Review ranks the top 50 Green Colleges, plus reported sustainability information from over 300 more schools. From solar-powered dorms to clean energy career prep, find out the different ways campus life is going green.

Rated A Green College by The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review ranks the top 50 Green Colleges, plus reported sustainability information from over 300 more schools. From solar-powered dorms to clean energy career prep, find out the different ways campus life is going green. Learn more: The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges.

Atlas Zero Waste Certification is a campus rating system released by the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), a national non-profit organization that supports students and staff leading the Zero Waste Movement on college campuses across the country.

Top 10 Zero Waste Campus

Atlas Zero Waste Certification is a campus rating system released by the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), a national non-profit organization that supports students and staff leading the Zero Waste Movement on college campuses across the country. Learn more about the Atlas Zero Waste Certification campus rating system.

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