Sustainability News

  • Bottles of Mill City Red, UMass Lowell branded Craic sauce

    From Seed to Sauce

    Craic Sauce has created a UMass Lowell-branded hot sauce made with peppers grown on campus.
    Featured Story
  • Rist fellow Caralyn Conrad

    Sustainability Projects Take Shape on Campus

    The Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy granted fellowships to mechanical engineering major Caralyn Conrad, industrial engineering Ph.D. student Mahsa Ghandi and Art and Design Assoc. Prof. Kirsten Swenson.
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  • nuclear physics gamma detector

    Professors Look to Diversify Nuclear Science

    Funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, minority community college students will have an opportunity to learn about nuclear science at UMass Lowell’s Radiation Laboratory.
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  • Dillan Patel

    Rist Institute Welcomes Environmental Defense Fund Fellow

    Environmental Defense Fund fellow Dillan Patel has worked with UML’s Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy over the summer to help create a community outreach plan for a geothermal pilot project.
    Department News
  • A woman wearing glasses and a purple shirt holds a microphone and speaks to contest judges seated in front of her

    Clean Green Challenge Taps Into Growing Sustainability Market

    Five teams, including three from UMass Lowell, took part in the Innovation Hub’s inaugural Clean Green Challenge, a pitch contest focused on sustainability for entrepreneurs and startups from across the region.
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  • Arbor Day tree planting

    UMass Lowell Blooms into Certified Arboretum

    A ceremonial planting on South Campus signified UMass Lowell’s new role as a certified arboretum – a place where trees and other plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes.
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  • Assoc. Prof. Trelles and grad student in the lab

    Researchers Develop Way to Produce Hydrogen from Plastic Waste

    A team of university and U.S. Army researchers, led by UML Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Assoc. Prof. Assoc. Prof. Juan Pablo Trelles, has developed a way to extract hydrogen from plastic waste that can be used as clean fuel.
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  • Offshore wind turbines

    Using Sound Waves to Monitor Offshore Wind Turbine Blades

    Mechanical Engineering Assoc. Prof. Murat Inalpolat and his team are developing and implementing a continuous, sound-based sensor system for monitoring the structural health and integrity of offshore wind turbine blades.
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  • Ross lab gold and tin

    Chemistry Lab Group Makes Scientific Discovery

    Chemistry Asst. Prof. Michael Ross’ lab group found that nanoparticles combining post-transition and noble metals absorb higher energies of light. Their discovery is highlighted in Matter, a scientific journal published by Cell Press.
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  • UMass Lowell Research Prof. of Economics David Turcotte

    Expert: Gas Stoves are a Health Concern, Evidence Shows

    While the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission this week walked back a report saying the agency would seek to ban household gas stoves due to health concerns over emissions, a UMass Lowell expert on the issue maintained “adequate evidence” of ill-health effects exists to take action.
    Press Release
  • Meg with student in the lab

    Engineering Professors’ Research on Plastics Recycling and Sustainability Gets $1M

    Prof. Meg Sobkowicz-Kline and Asst. Teaching Prof. Akshay Kokil were awarded funding totaling $1 million by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology for projects that aim to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and the environment each year.
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  • COP27 JRV, Tyler and Arie

    COP27 Empowers Students to Address Climate Change

    Three students and three faculty members traveled to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, for COP27, the United Nations climate summit, where they were the only delegation from a public university in Massachusetts.
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  • World Bank Group president David Malpass spoke during a panel on getting to net-zero IFIs (international financial institutions) and multilateral partnerships, during the IMF annual Fall meeting at the IMF headquarters in Washington, DC, on October 12.BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

    Do net-zero pledges add up?

    Do net-zero pledges mean the world is on track to protect the climate? So far, the answer is no, because if, when, and how net zero is reached matters.
    The Boston Globe Department News
  • Transene research team

    Students Help Local Company Find Safer Alternatives to PFAS

    With the help of a student research team, Transene Company is offering etching solutions to its semiconductor customers that don't contain the toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
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  • smart thermostat

    Researchers Win NSF Grant to Boost Energy Efficiency

    UMass Lowell researchers have teamed up with local organizations in search of effective strategies that will encourage underserved communities to participate in energy efficiency programs.
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  • Cool Science Alice Lobel

    Local K-12 Students Use Art to Teach Public About Extreme Weather

    The National Science Foundation-funded project Cool Science hosted its 10th annual Extreme Weather Art Competition for students in grades kindergarten through 12th. The winning posters are now displayed on transit buses in the Merrimack Valley and Worcester areas.
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  • A student looks at their phone while sitting in a red chair outside surrounded by trees

    Already a Tree Campus, UML is Blooming into an Arboretum

    UMass Lowell was once again designated a Tree Campus by the Arbor Day Foundation — and is on track to become classified as an arboretum this fall by the nonprofit organization ArbNet.
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  • Two men stand next to research equipment and a radiation area caution sign

    Radiation Safety Program Earns Brand-New International Accolade

    UMass Lowell has been recognized with the first Outstanding Radiation Safety Program award by the Health Physics Society, an international nonprofit organization of more than 5,000 scientists, physicians, engineers and other professionals.
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  • A man speaks to a crowd while holding a certificate in a wood-paneled room with an American flag

    S.E.E.D. Fund Recipients All About the Green

    Seven projects led by students, faculty and staff received a share of the university’s annual $50,000 Sustainability Encouragement & Enrichment Development (S.E.E.D.) Fund. 
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  • Asst. Prof. Yuzhang Lin

    Electrical Engineering Professor Wins $500K NSF CAREER Award

    Asst. Prof. Yuzhang Lin was recently awarded a five-year, $500,000 faculty early-career development grant by the National Science Foundation to conduct a study that will help better predict and visualize power distribution capacity and consumers’ power demand in real time.
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  • Shawsheen Valley Technical High School students

    High School Students Learn about Cybersecurity Field

    Sixty-five students from Greater Lowell and Shawsheen Valley technical high schools and their teachers got an overview of UML’s computer science and cybersecurity programs and some hands-on experience at the university’s Cyber Range during a recent visit to campus.
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  • The first poster in a Blue Mountain Alphabet by Ingrid Hess, with illustrations and information about the Blue Mountain area national parks in Australia

    Professor Educates Children About Environment Through Art

    Art Assoc. Prof. Ingrid Hess is traveling to some of the world’s most beautiful places to make artwork that educates children about the natural world and environmental sustainability. She’s won grants, fellowships and artist residencies to visit national parks in Costa Rica, Australia, the U.S. and more.
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  • A room full of students talk to each other while sitting at round tables

    Students Take the Lead at Sustainability Symposium

    Hosted for the first time by UMass Lowell, the Student Sustainability Leaders Symposium brought together more than 100 students from 18 colleges and universities across the Northeast to share their work and explore opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.
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  • Three bees pollinate pink and yellow flowers

    UML Climbs to New Heights for Sustainability

    UMass Lowell remains the highest-rated campus in Massachusetts for sustainability with a STARS Gold score of 83.37 from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
    Department News
  • A gas station sign showing the price of $4.51 per gallon

    Four Ways River Hawks Can Beat Sky-high Gas Prices

    If you’re spending more on gas to get to campus, the university has several ways to save money on your commute — while decreasing carbon emissions.
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  • Three students hold award certificates while talking to two faculty members on a staircase

    Lights Out! Students’ Energy-Saving Idea Wins CO2 Challenge

    A competition-based initiative to get students thinking about their residence hall energy usage won the third annual Rist Institute for Sustainability & Energy Climate Mitigation Challenge, which asks students to find ways to reduce CO2 emissions by 10,000 pounds in 10 weeks.
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  • A student walks across a bridge as a campus shuttle bus approaches

    New Canal Bridges Improve Students’ Commutes to Class

    With construction work complete on two new canal bridges along Pawtucket Street, students are enjoying shorter trips on two of the university’s busiest bus lines — and improved paths for walking and biking.
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  • a sign of encouragement to students hangs on a tree outside on campus

    UML Recognized for Wellness Initiatives

    UMass Lowell, which ranks No. 1 among colleges and universities for well-being and work according to the Sustainable Campus Index, has created an Office of Student Life and Well-being to better integrate wellness across campus.
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  • Two women hold an award plaque while posing for a photo with five men

    UML Earns ‘Leading by Example’ Award for Decarbonization Efforts

    UMass Lowell received a Leading by Example award from the state’s Department of Energy Resources for its collaborative efforts with fellow honorees UMass Amherst, UMass Dartmouth and Salem State University to decarbonize their campuses.
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  • 6 members of sustainability teams show their awards

    UMass Lowell Receives Award for Decarbonization Efforts

    UMass Lowell has received a Leading by Example award from the state Department of Energy Resources for its work completing a comprehensive decarbonization study to determine its path to carbon neutrality by 2050.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • Asst. Prof. Stephen T. Lam

    UML-led Research on Molten Salt for Energy Generation Wins DOE Funding

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a team of researchers from UMass Lowell and Oak Ridge National Laboratory a $400,000 grant to develop machine learning-based approaches for simulating molten salts used in advanced nuclear reactor systems.
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  • A man in a bowtie gestures in his hand while speaking

    Good COP, Bad COP: UML Delegates Reflect on U.N. Climate Summit

    An interdisciplinary group of faculty members from UMass Lowell’s Climate Change Initiative attended the recent United Nations global climate summit, aka COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland, where they observed progress being made — but also missed opportunities.
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  • Students participate in the Plastics Sustainability Forum

    High School Students Learn about Plastics Recycling, Sustainability

    Fifty students from Lowell High School and Greater Lawrence Technical High School, along with their teachers, learned about plastics recycling and environmental sustainability during the Plastics Sustainability Forum, held recently at the Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center on North Campus.
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  • A student carries an air conditioner on his shoulder in a parking lot while another student collects recycled items from a car in the background

    ‘Fall Into Recycling’ Returns, Diverting Over 6 Tons from Landfills

    More than 6 tons of appliances, electronics, batteries and more were collected at Fall into Recycling, a popular waste diversion program that contributed to UMass Lowell being named a Top 10 Zero Waste Campus by the Post-Landfill Action Network.
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  • People are a blur walking under two solar street lights

    Off the Grid: UML Installs New Solar-Powered Streetlights

    The university has installed eight solar-powered streetlights along the new Northern Canal Overlook on East Campus — one of the city’s busiest areas for foot traffic. The lampposts were funded in part by a $10,000 grant from the Lowell Green Community Partnership, an alliance between UML and the city.
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  • Headshots of a woman professor, a woman student and a male student

    RISE Fellowships Support Innovations in Energy, Sustainability

    The Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy has awarded 2021-22 fellowships to Assoc. Prof. of Electrical and Computer Engineering Cordula Schmid, Analytical Chemistry Ph.D. candidate Elizabeth Farrell and chemical engineering major Andrew Parker.
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  • An aerial view of the Merrimack River running through the UML campus

    With NSF Award, New Grad Program Focuses on Protecting Water Resources

    An interdisciplinary team of UML faculty, led by Assoc. Profs. Meg Sobkowicz-Kline and Chris Hansen, have received a nearly $3 million National Science Foundation Research Traineeship award for a new graduate student program focused on developing sustainable materials and chemicals that won’t harm water resources.
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  • A Cool Science bus poster

    Professor: Science Education Can Help Slow Climate Change

    Science education can help slow the pace of global warming, because people who understand climate science can make informed decisions, says Education Assoc. Prof. Jill Hendrickson Lohmeier. Lohmeier does research on using artwork in informal settings to educate the public about climate science.
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  • A view of the GPS Center from outside

    From Refurbished Labs to New Hammocks, River Hawks Will Find Many Changes

    Returning students will notice several changes across campus this fall, including the new Global and Professional Studies Center opposite University Crossing, refurbished instructional and research labs, and the addition of outdoor amenities such as hammocks, Adirondack chairs and covered bike racks.
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  • A shape sails past wind turbines in the ocean

    UMass Lowell Wins Grant to Diversify Offshore Wind Workforce

    UMass Lowell, in partnership with the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston, has received a $241,300 grant from the Commonwealth to develop academic pathways that increase the participation of underrepresented populations in the offshore wind industry.
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  • A woman in glasses holds a piece of cardboard that has a rectangular hole in the middle. Her right hand is in the opening.

    Climate Change Lessons Reach Beyond the Science Classroom

    “Integrating Climate Change into the K-12 Classroom,” a free professional development workshop hosted by EEAS Assoc. Teaching Prof. Lori Weeden and the university’s Climate Change Initiative, showed teachers how they can address the topic through a variety of educational lenses.
    Featured Story
  • Austin Thoren helped plant the new container garden on a rooftop terrace at the O'Leary Library on South Campus.

    On UMass Lowell Roof, a Garden Grows

    Through an ongoing partnership with a local nonprofit, the university last month installed 500 growing containers for herbs, vegetables, and flowers covering the 2,300-square-foot mezzanine roof at O’Leary Library on South Campus.
    Boston Globe In The News
  • Two students help containers at the rooftop garden

    O’Leary’s New Rooftop Garden More Than a Pretty View

    A new rooftop garden of 500 herb, flower and vegetable plants has taken root at O’Leary Learning Commons on South Campus, the latest piece of UMass Lowell’s Urban Agriculture Program — a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability and Mill City Grows.
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  • students play cornhole outside the Campus Rec Center

    Hammocks and Patio Heaters: UML Enhancing Outdoor Spaces

    Hammock gardens, Adirondack chairs and patio heaters are just some of the amenities the university is adding to improve outdoor spaces for when students return to campus in the fall.
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  • Engineering students look at a refrigerator while doing an energy audit

    Urban Sustainability Projects Get $50K Boost

    The Lowell Green Community Partnership, an alliance between UMass Lowell and the city, awarded its first $50,000 in grants to five joint university-community projects that advance urban sustainability initiatives.
    Featured Story
  • A infrared image of the Southwick Hall roof taken by the drone

    Infrared Drone Takes Campus Energy Audits to Another Level

    Researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering used a drone equipped with an infrared camera to help Facilities Management identify energy inefficiencies in campus buildings and heating systems.
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  • UMass Lowell Research Prof. of Economics David Turcotte

    Environmental Health Expert Works to Improve Homes, Workplaces

    David Turcotte is an authority on sustainability and environmental justice who is leading efforts to improve the quality of life for people in their homes and workplaces. A member of UMass Lowell’s Climate Change Initiative, Turcotte can discuss how the phenomenon impacts the incidence of asthma and hazardous-materials cleanup responses as a result of extreme weather events.
    Press Release
  • The UML men's soccer team plays a game on North Campus

    America East Schools Team Up to Champion Sustainability

    With the collaboration between UMass Lowell’s Office of Sustainability and its Athletic Department serving as a model, the America East Conference has created a sustainability network that gives its 10 member institutions an opportunity to share best practices and advance green initiatives.
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  • UML staff members plant flowers using compost generated from dining halls

    UML Named ‘Innovator of the Year’ for Waste Management

    UMass Lowell was named “Innovator of the Year” at the first-ever Casella Sustainability Leadership Awards for the new and creative ways that the university sustains resources and diverts waste destined for landfills.
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  • A Lowell city bus crossing the Howe Bridge on campus

    Students Step Up to Reduce Carbon Footprint

    A plan to boost ridership on Lowell’s city buses won the second annual Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy Climate Mitigation Challenge, which asks students to find ways to reduce CO2 emissions by 10,000 pounds in 10 weeks.
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  • Juliette Rooney-Varga talking to a class

    Science Professor Works to Depolarize Climate Change Issue

    Environmental Science Prof. Juliette Rooney-Varga, director of UMass Lowell’s Climate Change Initiative, says we must depolarize the politics of climate change — an issue that President Biden has made a top priority in his new administration.
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  • Meg Sobkowicz-Kline talks to a student about recycled plastics in the lab

    New Seminar Series Explores Climate Anxiety, Plastics Sustainability and More

    UMass Lowell’s Climate Change Initiative, in partnership with the Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Department and the Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy, is hosting a virtual spring seminar series featuring experts from across the country.
    Department News
  • Asst. Prof. of Economics Kelly Hellman, plastics engineering major Kerry Candlen and chemical engineering major Maria Fonseca-Guzman

    Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy Awards First Fellowships

    The Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy has awarded its inaugural fellowships to Asst. Prof. of Economics Kelly Hellman, plastics engineering major Kerry Candlen and chemical engineering major Maria Fonseca-Guzman.
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  • University officials pose for a photo at the Leading by Example award ceremony at the State House

    State Grant Powers Renewable Energy Master Plan

    UMass Lowell has received a $100,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to develop a campus-wide renewable energy master plan that will help advance the university’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
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  • UML physics major Anne Souza teaches an online lab to science teachers in Haiti

    New Honors Class Inspires Renewable Energy Research

    A new honors seminar that helps students think critically about different sources of energy is inspiring research involving renewables, including projects at UMass Lowell’s Haiti Development Studies Center.
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  • The sun rises over the new Northern Canal Overlook

    State Grants Give Green Light to ‘Pawtucket Greenway’

    The Pawtucket Greenway, a collaboration between UML and the City of Lowell that will connect South and East campuses with a continuous, shared-use pathway for pedestrians and bicyclists, got a boost from a pair of state grants.
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  • An aerial view of the UML campus and Merrimack River

    Very Cool! UML 16th on Sierra’s List of Eco-friendly Schools

    UMass Lowell is No. 16 on Sierra magazine’s “Cool Schools” list for 2020, the university’s highest ranking ever in a survey that assesses colleges’ performances on everything from sustainability-focused courses, carbon-neutral energy and land policies, eco-friendly dining halls and student engagement.
    Featured Story
  • the sun rises behind Fox Hall and East Campus

    Energy-Saving Measures a ‘Big Win’ for UML Utility Bill

    By taking simple steps like turning off unneeded computers and lights and adjusting air conditioners during peak periods of energy demand, UML faculty and staff helped the university reduce its projected utility bill by $180,000 for the coming year.
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  • Students Fiona Benzi, Lucia Cheney and Kseniya Vialichka pose for a selfie

    Environmental Science Students Give Virtual Teaching a Try

    Environmental science students from the Kennedy College of Sciences led free educational sessions on Zoom for middle and high school students who, like them, are stuck at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    Department News
  • An electric vehicle charging station behind Coburn Hall

    New Incentives Help University Save Energy, Money

    The university is advancing its sustainability and cost-saving goals through new partnerships and programs with its utility provider, National Grid, doubling both its electric vehicle charging stations and its incentives for energy efficiency.
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  • Mill City Grows' Nikki Tolani waters crops inside the greenhouse

    UML’s Greenhouse Helps Ease Growing Food Insecurity

    As food insecurity grows because of the coronavirus pandemic, the university’s Urban Agriculture Program is helping to provide fresh, healthy produce to the community through its partnership with Mill City Grows.
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  • Students inspect a solar panel on a parking kiosk on Jackson Street

    UML’s Solar Energy Association Provides Bright Spot for City

    Graduate students from the Francis College of Engineering’s Solar Energy Association are helping the community by inspecting the city of Lowell’s solar-powered parking meter kiosks as part of an extracurricular service-learning project.
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  •  A view of downtown Lowell on Tuesday, May 8 2018.

    UMass Lowell Commits to Spreading Green Initiatives

    This month the City of Lowell and the university announced the Green Community Partnership — an alliance committed to driving down the carbon footprint of the Mill City.
    Boston Herald In The News
  • Student Lily Green talks about her Carbon Consumers project

    How to Lose 10,000 Pounds (of CO2) in Just 10 Weeks

    Three student projects proposing ways to reduce the university community’s carbon dioxide emissions by 10,000 pounds in 10 weeks received the first-ever Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy (RISE) Student Innovation Awards and a share of $1,000 in prize money.
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  • Student panelist Zachary Traverso speaks during the conference

    Renewable Energy is Great, but How Do We Store It?

    Faculty and student researchers examined what the state must do to incorporate renewable energy sources into the electrical grid to reduce carbon emissions in “The State of Grid Energy Storage in Massachusetts,” a report commissioned by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts.
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  • Chancellor Moloney and UML staff pose with DOER and DCAMM officials with the Leading by Example award

    UML Earns Kudos from Commonwealth for Sustainability

    The commonwealth of Massachusetts recognized UMass Lowell for its sustainability efforts across campus with a 2019 Leading by Example award, which Chancellor Jacquie Moloney accepted at a State House ceremony.
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  • UMass Lowell Research Prof. of Economics David Turcotte

    $1M Grant Goes to Asthma Prevention Research

    A UMass Lowell researcher who works to alleviate asthma in senior citizens has received $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to advance his work.
    Press Release
  • Offshore wind turbine blades

    Event Explores Future of Energy Storage

    Leaders from business, education, government and research will gather next week to discuss the state of energy storage in Massachusetts.
    Press Release
  • Asst. Prof. Hsi-Wu Wong working in the lab

    Chemical Engineering Professor Recognized with NSF CAREER Award

    The National Science Foundation recently recognized Asst. Prof. Hsi-Wu Wong of the Department of Chemical Engineering with a prestigious faculty early career development grant, called the “CAREER” award. This highly competitive annual program selects the nation’s best young university faculty-scholars “who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.”
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  • Eight people stand in front of Perry Hall Plaza stone

    New Greenspace Unveiled at UMass Lowell

    UMass Lowell has dedicated Perry Hall Plaza, a new greenspace that is the latest step in the university’s work to further enhance the the beauty and sustainability of the campus.
    Eagle-Tribune In The News
  • Dedication of the Rist Urban Agriculture Greenhouse and Farm

    UMass Lowell Launches New Sustainability Initiative

    UMass Lowell today announced it is establishing the Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy to bring together the university’s numerous efforts in areas from clean energy and energy resiliency to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and water use.
  • Joanne Yestramski,Brian Rist, John Lebeaux and Ruairi O’Mahony at in front of the Rist Urban Agriculture Farm

    UMass Lowell Unveils New Sustainability Program with $1M Gift

    Brian Rist, a member of the college’s class of 1977, offered the largest singular gift in UMass Lowell history and was recognized for his charity with the establishment of the Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • A student and his family dispose of cardboard during move-in

    Sustainable Move-In Unpacks a Punch

    The Office of Sustainability held its first Sustainable Move-In event on campus, collecting 62 large trash bags of plastic foam and enough cardboard to fill four large dumpsters.
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  • The floating trash collector in water

    Students Engineering Better Way to Clean City’s Canals

    Rover the River Hawk, an Industrial Capstone Senior Design project that Engineering students are building to clean debris from the city’s canals, received a Green Design award from the Lowell Sustainability Council and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan.
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  • U.S. Rep Lori Trahan visits the Urban Agriculture Greenhouse

    UML Recognized for Waste Reduction Efforts

    The university’s waste reduction efforts ranked fifth in the 2019 Sustainable Campus Index, up five spots from the previous year. The university’s Urban Agriculture Program was also highlighted in the index, which is published by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
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  • Lori Weeden speaks during the workshop

    It’s Never Too Early to Learn About Climate Change

    The UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative, in conjunction with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and the College of Education, hosted a professional development workshop for two dozen area K-12 teachers on incorporating climate change education into the classroom.
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  • 2019 INI Fellows

    Summer Program Trains Young Professionals for the Nuclear Industry

    Reactor system fundamentals and technology and advanced reactor designs were just some of the topics discussed at this year’s Intercontinental Nuclear Institute (INI), an annual summer fellowship program organized by UMass Lowell and the Czech Technical University in Prague.
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  • A student volunteer sorts donations on South Campus

    Student Donations Go Back into the Community

    Students donated more than 14,000 pounds of clothing, bedding, food and personal items during this spring’s Sustainable Move Out Donation Drive, which benefitted a half-dozen nonprofit organizations across the community.
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  • A student takes a picture of the sheep

    Mow Town: Sheep Do the Job at ‘EweML’

    From grazing sheep to battery-powered lawn mowers, Grounds Operations Manager Erik Shaw is coming up with innovative ways to maintain the campus grounds – and help boost the university’s sustainability efforts.
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  • Pig farm manure

    Researchers Produce Renewable Engine Fuel from Wet Biowaste

    A team of researchers from UMass Lowell, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and China Agricultural University in Beijing has developed a new, sustainable way of converting wet biological waste into diesel-compatible fuel, using heat and water.
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  • Students unload electronics from a car

    ‘Spring Into Recycling’ Helps River Hawks Declutter

    Faculty, staff and students dropped off more than 6 tons of personal electronics, appliances and more during April’s two-day Spring Into Recycling event, run by the Office of Sustainability and Information Security.
    Department News
  • CCI members pose with state legislators

    Faculty Experts Brief Legislators on Climate Change

    The university’s Climate Change Initiative hosted members of the state’s House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change for a roundtable discussion on climate science and policy at which faculty members shared scientific research and expertise to help inform policy decisions.
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  • A student walks past the rooftop garden at University Crossing

    Rooftop Garden Takes Urban Agriculture to Another Level

    Rows of kale, Swiss chard and collard greens are growing on the new Green Roof vegetable garden at University Crossing, a collaboration between Mill City Grows and UML’s Urban Agriculture Program, Student Government Association and Office of Sustainability.
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  • MLSC's Travis McCready with Jacquie Moloney and Joseph Hartman at the ceremony

    Modernized Perry Hall Opens New Era of Research, Learning

    The university celebrated a $50 million renovation of Perry Hall, which is home to academics, research and industry partnerships in fields including biomedical, chemical and environmental engineering, as well as biomanufacturing and clean energy.
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  • Administrators and guests look at the new Green Roof garden

    UML Celebrates Energy Savings, Sustainability on Earth Day

    The university marked two major milestones at its Earth Day celebration: the completion of its $23.1 million Accelerated Energy Program and its latest STARS Gold rating, which moves UML into the top 10 nationally.
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  • UML staff members standing in front of rooftop garden

    UML Celebrates Sustainability Program

    UMass Lowell and the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) celebrated the completion of the university's $23.1 million Accelerated Energy Program (AEP) at a ceremony Monday.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • Cashier Danielle DePalma hands a student a paper bag at the bookstore

    Bookstore Switches from Plastic to Paper Bags

    The River Hawk Shop now gives customers recyclable paper bags instead of single-use plastic bags, a move that will eliminate around 10,000 plastic bags from the waste stream each year. 
    Department News
  • Cybersecurity illustration

    UMass Lowell Expands Cybersecurity Training

    UMass Lowell – a leader in information technology, security and criminal justice education and research – is introducing a new online program for information technology professionals who want to update their skills on the latest standards in cybersecurity on their own or for employers who want to ensure their workforce and operations are fully prepared to counter any threats.
    Press Release
  • Kirsten Swenson and Akbar Abjduljalil stand nextt to the teach-in poster

    Image is Everything at Climate Change Teach-In

    The 2018 David Lustick Climate Change Teach-In, “Invisibilities: Seeing and Unseeing the Anthropocene,” explored how images can both shape and obscure our understanding of climate and environment. It was organized by Assoc. Prof. of Art History Kirsten Swenson as part of the IDEA Leadership Grant Initiative.
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  • Profs. Mack and Wong

    Researchers: Sawdust is Next Wave in Renewable Energy

    The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to a team of researchers led by a UMass Lowell mechanical engineering professor that is working to develop renewable fuel additives from sawdust and other wood byproducts.
    Press Release
  • Ph.D. student Kelechi Adejumo explains the dangers of secondhand smoke to a family in the Healthy Homes project

    Turcotte’s Asthma Research Helps Children and Seniors in Lowell

    For almost two decades, Research Prof. David Turcotte’s “Healthy Homes” project has improved the lives of low-income children and seniors with asthma. His focus on environmental justice also includes research on wind turbines, community health and healthy workplaces.
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  • Dean of Sciences Noureddine Melikechi reads through the Universal Declaration of Humankind Rights and Duties with UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney

    Chancellor Signs Universal Declaration of Humankind Rights and Duties

    Chancellor Jacquie Moloney signed the Universal Declaration of Humankind Rights and Duties, which says humans have a responsibility to protect the environment for future generations. UMass Lowell is the first U.S. university to sign the accord.
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  • Faculty members check out the symposium program

    Research, Collaboration Shine at Faculty Symposium

    Faculty members from across the university shared their research and were recognized for their achievements at the 2018 Faculty Symposium, held at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.
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  • Marjorie Yang talks to students and faculty at the Saab ETIC Perry Atrium

    Extended Family: UML Welcomes Textile Scion to Campus

    Marjorie Yang, chair of the $1 billion Hong Kong-based textile company Esquel Group, visited campus and talked to students about sustainability and social responsibility. Her father, Y.L. Yang, earned a master of science in textile chemistry from the Lowell Textile Institute in 1948.
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  • A student waits for her sandwich at the deli

    Cumnock Marketplace Turns Tables on North Campus

    The new Cumnock Marketplace offers more food options and provides students on North Campus with a comfortable place to spend time between classes.
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  • Packaged linens and hangers from inside a Grad Bag donation

    Students’ Move-Out Donations Come Full Circle

    Linens, blankets and towels donated during Spring Move Out have returned to campus as good as new and are available to students in need, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Office of Sustainability, Student Affairs and the nonprofit organization Grad Bag.
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  • Tyler Lagasse ties for silver at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games with Peter Condon

    Student Wins Third Silver Medal in Golf at Special Olympics USA

    Tyler Lagasse just brought home his third silver medal in golf from the Special Olympics USA games. An author and motivational speaker with autism spectrum disorder, Lagasse will keynote the 50th anniversary celebration of Special Olympics at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in September.
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  • Student employees make CSA deliveries on South Campus

    Farm-to-Cubicle: CSA Pilot Program Delivers Fresh Produce

    The university is piloting a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program this summer, a joint initiative between the Office of Sustainability, the Center for Public Opinion and Mill City Grows, to lay the foundation for a self-sustaining CSA at the university while also providing research opportunities.
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  • UMass Lowell Associate Dean of Engineering Kavitha Chandra runs the RAMP camp for incoming women engineering students -- Adriyanna Albert is in the foreground

    On-RAMP Summer Camp Supports Women Engineering Students

    The new RAMP summer camp for incoming women engineering students aims to build their skills and connect them with future mentors so they stay the course. The first-year students say it’s boosting their confidence – and helping them make friends.
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  • Students stand at the cash register in the new retail space

    New Outdoor Center and Bike Shop a Major Step Up

    With more visibility and space, the university’s new Outdoor Center and Bike Shop is better equipped to keep pace with students’ growing interest in cycling and recreational programs.
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  • Pamela Beckwith holds up a UML hockey jersey being donated to the Wish Project

    Spring Move Out Nets Record Haul of Donations

    Spring Move Out yielded a record haul from students, with 16,500 pounds of clothing, household goods and nonperishable food items collected by the Office of Sustainability and donated to local nonprofits.
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  • Joanne Yestramski helps plant flowers with the compost

    Growth Opportunity: UML Compost Now Available

    Compost generated from the university’s dining hall food waste is now available for purchase by the bag, thanks to a new pilot program run by the Office of Sustainability.
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  • The grad students on the case competition team with Assoc. Prof. Julie Zhang

    MBA, MSBA Students Team Up at Case Competition

    A team of MBA and MSBA students represented the Manning School of Business at the Net Impact MBA sustainability case competition in Connecticut.
    Department News
  • Piles of rubble and trash are everywhere in Haiti, which has little sanitation infrastructure

    Civil Engineering Students Use Know-how to Help in Haiti

    A dozen civil and environmental engineering majors created their own senior capstone class to take on the challenge of designing home sanitation systems for a community in Haiti. The students traveled to Haiti to learn more about the people and local conditions.
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  • The parade at Lowell's 2017 Earth Month celebration

    Lowell Celebrates Earth Month with Events

    Earth Day is observed every April 22 across the globe to raise awareness about environmental protection and sustainability. But in Lowell, the celebration is bigger than just a single day.
    Press Release
  • UML's P3 team

    Students’ Eco-friendly Fertilizer Wins EPA Award

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a group of UMass Lowell student researchers a “P3” grant to develop an innovative technology that would turn seafood waste into fertilizer.
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  • Crops growing in the greenhouse on East Campus

    Students’ Sustainability Fee Seeds 10 New Projects

    Ten projects led by students, faculty and staff received more than $50,000 in support from the university’s Sustainability Encouragement & Enrichment Development (S.E.E.D.) Fund, which saw a jump in applications in its second year.
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  • Orhan Kallogjeri inspects a refrigerator while Tu Anh Huynh looks on

    Engineering Students All About (Energy) Efficiency

    Mechanical engineer students, led by senior lecturer Michele Putko, are helping improve energy efficiency at the Lowell Transitional Living Center through an independent study project funded by a mini-grant from the university’s Sustainability Encouragement & Enrichment Development (S.E.E.D.) Fund.
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  • An LRTA bus crosses the Howe Bridge en route to North Campus

    One Year Later, Free Regional Bus Service a Hit

    Students, faculty and staff are averaging more than 10,000 free bus rides each month, thanks to the university’s growing collaboration with the LRTA and MVRTA.
    Department News
  • University officials accept a sustainability award at a Lowell City Council meeting

    University Wins Green Design Award from City

    The LEED Gold-certified Pulichino Tong Business Building received the Green Design Award from the City of Lowell as part of its annual Sustainable Lowell Awards.
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  • Offshore wind turbine blades

    Avangrid, UMass Lowell to Collaborate on Clean Energy

    A new research partnership between Avangrid, its subsidiary Central Maine Power and UMass Lowell will bring together researchers from the company and the university to advance the development and implementation of clean energy technologies - including hydropower, wind energy, power grids, energy storage and data sciences - over the next decade. UMass Lowell students will also benefit from the partnership, which calls for them to participate in on-campus research and for CMP to explore opportunities for co-ops, internships and fellowships. 
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  • North Korean ICBM

    Nuclear Security Expert Assesses World Threats in 2018

    Assoc. Prof. Sukesh Aghara, director of UMass Lowell’s Nuclear Engineering Program, shares his perspective on what we can expect to see in the geopolitical landscape in the coming year.
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  • A dining hall worker dumps scrap lettuce into a chute to be composted

    EPA Lauds University’s Efforts to Reduce Food Waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the university’s food waste reduction efforts for the third straight year, while the university’s “Fall Into Recycling” diverted 7,000 pounds of electronics from landfills.
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  • Chancellor Jacquie Moloney and guests cut the ribbon on the greenhouse

    Campus Greenhouse Makes an Impact on State’s Urban Food Production

    UMass Lowell was among eight urban agriculture projects from across the Commonwealth to share in more than $343,000 in state grants, which were announced at the ceremonial opening of the Urban Agriculture Greenhouse on East Campus.
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  • UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, left, speaks at the UMass Lowell greenhouse while other look on.

    Mill City Grows -- Now in Every Season

    Mill City Grows unveiled its new greenhouse, part of a partnership with UMass Lowell, to be able to extend its growing season, bringing fresh, healthy produce to Lowell residents even during long chills.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • Chemistry student Rashmi Sharma

    Student Researchers Win Tech Hackathons at MIT

    Two UMass Lowell graduate students were part of the teams that recently won top prizes at two “hackathons” organized by MIT, the U.S. Department of Defense MD5 program and the Naval Postgraduate School.
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  • Mill City Grows staff spread compost inside the greenhouse

    Urban Agriculture Greenhouse Sprouts on East Campus

    The university’s new Urban Agriculture Greenhouse, run in partnership with Mill City Grows, will be a testing ground for water and energy efficiency — while also providing food for the local community.
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  • Engineering faculty take part in the World Climate Simulation

    Science Prof Wins $340K NSF Grant for Climate Simulation

    UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative Director Juliette Rooney-Varga received a three-year, $340,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study whether college students who are exposed to the World Climate Simulation are more likely to become engaged with sustainability issues on campus.
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  • A bike rack in front of Olsen Hall that will be replaced

    Nine Sustainability Projects Share $50K S.E.E.D. Fund

    Nine student, faculty and staff projects were awarded a share of the university’s first $50,000 Sustainability Encouragement & Enrichment Development (S.E.E.D.) Fund, which supports environmental sustainability initiatives that make a positive impact on the student experience.
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  • Student volunteers pose at the donation sorting site

    Tons of Thanks: Student Donations Go to Nonprofits

    Thirty student volunteers, led by juniors Zayna Basma and Maya Chin, collected, sorted and delivered more than 5 tons of move-out donations to local nonprofit organizations this spring.
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  • Office Services makes notepads from old posters

    From Old Posters Rise New Notepads

    What happens to all those colorful posters advertising events across campus every semester? The Office of Sustainability and Office Services repurpose them into sturdy notepads.
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  • Kids raising their hands in classroom

    Clean Energy Day: Engineering The Next Generation

    UMass Lowell professor of energy David Willis gave a presentation on wind power and its benefits, demonstrating specific processes that create clean energy, such as wind rotation, at “Clean Energy Activity Day" at the Manthala George Jr. Elementary School in Brockton.
    North American Windpower In The News
  • Juliette Rooney-Varga presents at the State House

    University’s Climate Change Experts Brief Lawmakers

    Assoc. Prof. Juliette Rooney-Varga and members of the university’s Climate Change Initiative led a legislative briefing at the State House on “Meeting the Climate and Energy Challenge,” introducing their interactive simulation to policymakers.
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  • Gina McCarthy speaks to students at O'Leary

    Former EPA Boss Passes Baton to Students

    Gina McCarthy, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and an architect of the university’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute, encouraged students to be environmentally minded during a guest lecture at O’Leary Learning Commons.
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  • Renewable-energy entrepreneur Harish Hande speaks with students during his visit to UMass Lowell.

    At UML, Lessons from a Solar Revolutionary

    Renewable-energy entrepreneur Harish Hande, 2011 winner of Asia s Nobel Peace Prize, the Magsaysay Award, spoke with students during his visit to UMass Lowell, his alma mater, on Friday.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • Students in bike shop

    Students Dig Up Dirt at Campus Bike Shop

    Students working in the TURI Lab helped the campus bike shop adopt cleaning products that are safer for the environment and workers.
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  • Jacquie Moloney and students pose with an LRTA bus

    No Fare! Students, Staff Enjoy Free Bus Service

    Students, faculty and staff who rely on public transportation to get to campus appreciate the university’s new partnership with the LRTA and MVRTA, which lets them ride buses for free.
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  • UML police officers affix a license plate to their new electric vehicle

    University Police Adds Electric Vehicle to Fleet

    The UMass Lowell Police Department has added a Nissan LEAF electric vehicle to its fleet through the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program.
    Department News
  • Lorenzo Chiodi demonstrates extrusion to a group of rapt fifth-graders.

    Engineering Students Talk Science with Lowell Schoolchildren

    Mechanical engineering students visited Lowell middle schools and after-school programs to get kids excited about science. It was a service-learning project that was part of a required course, Materials Science for Engineers.
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  • Students and faculty pose with an EcoSonic Playground prototype

    Music Researchers’ Playground Project Really Swings

    The EcoSonic Playground, a research project led by Asst. Prof. Elissa Johnson-Green and visiting lecturer Christopher Lee, brings musical play to underserved communities while teaching kids STEM skills as they build their own musical playground structures from recycled materials.
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  • Workshop participants take a break at University Crossing

    Collaboration’s in the Air at Sustainability Workshop

    At the university’s 2016 National and International Partnerships in Sustainability Workshop, a broad range of attendees collaborated on existing initiatives — and explored new ones.
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  • Chancellor Jacquie Moloney shakes hands with DOER Commissioner Judith Judson

    University Achieves Gold Standard for Sustainability

    The university earns gold rating from Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, becoming one of three institutions in the state to reach that level.
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  • UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney joins state and UML officials at Thursday morning's ceremony.

    State Highlights Energy-Efficient Buildings at UMass Lowell

    With four UMass Lowell buildings recognized for advanced energy and environmental design, it was the perfect hub for the state on Thursday to announce a milestone for energy-efficient state buildings.
    Lowell Sun In The News
  • The view of the solar array from the top floor of the parking garage.

    Rays the Roof: New Panels Nearly Double Solar Production

    New solar panels on the South Campus parking garage will nearly double the university’s solar power production and slash its annual electric bill by $31,000, just one of several energy-saving projects completed this summer.
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  • Prospective students tour the South Campus Dining Commons

    South Campus Dining Commons Certified ‘Green’

    McGauvran Dining Hall has been certified as the university’s first “Green Restaurant” by a national nonprofit organization that promotes environmental responsibility.
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  • Sabrina Pedersen with banners on North Campus walkway

    Biology Student Helps Drive Fossil Fuel Divestment

    The UMass system’s move to divest from direct fossil fuel holdings is a personal victory for senior biology major Sabrina Pedersen, president of the Climate Change Coalition.
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  • Frank Talty discusses the U.S. election at Irish Diaspora Conference

    Irish Eyes Are on U.S. Presidential Race

    The Center for Irish Partnerships at UMass Lowell co-sponsored the Irish Diaspora Conference in Donegal, Ireland, where co-director Frank Talty addressed the U.S. presidential race.
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  • Zayna Basma and Katie Bilodeau load donations

    Move-Out Nets Over 7 Tons of Donations

    Students donated more than 14,000 pounds of clothing, furniture and miscellaneous dorm room items during spring move-out, which the Office of Sustainability provided to local charities.
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  • Asst. Prof. Trelles and his student in the lab

    Researchers Use Solar Energy For Sustainable Fuels

    Mechanical Engineering Asst. Prof. Juan Pablo Trelles is developing a new process to convert waste carbon dioxide from power plants and factories into sustainable fuels and high-value chemicals.
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  • Students edit their Climate Change PSA at O'Leary

    Lights, Camera, Climate Change!

    Students in Assoc. Prof. Juliette Rooney-Varga’s climate change course produce one-minute PSA videos on the plight of Earth, which are screened at Lowell Eco-Film Series.
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  • Youngsters march in 2015 Lowell Earth Day Parade

    Lowell Expands Earth Day to an Entire Month

    This year, thanks to more than two dozen community partners including UMass Lowell, Lowell is dedicating the entire month of April to eco-conscious activities and educational events as part of Lowell Earth Day Celebration 2016.
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  • Youngsters march in 2015 Lowell Earth Day Parade

    Earth Day Festivities Grow in Scope, Ambition

    Thanks to Prof. John Wooding's creative economy grant, the university is partnering with more than two dozen community groups for the monthlong Lowell Earth Day Celebration 2016.
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  • Students work with the solar simulator in the lab

    Researchers Harness the Power of the Sun

    Asst. Prof. Juan Pablo Trelles and his team are synthesizing sustainable fuels using solar energy and carbon dioxide as well as water or methane from natural gas.
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  • More Zipcars added to campus parking garages

    Zip Drive: University Expands Car Sharing Program

    The university expands its fleet of Zipcars on campus to 10, making it even easier for students, faculty and staff to rent a vehicle by the hour or by the day.