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Community Partnerships

As community members and leaders, UMass Lowell acts as a powerful catalyst, ally and partner in envisioning, planning and acting to create a sustainable future in the region and beyond. The ways in which we engage our students, employees, and other stakeholders impact how we effectively support, educate and develop healthy and sustainable lifestyles at UMass Lowell.

Please peruse the local, regional, and national partners below and see if there are any that you would like to engage with. There are also several other research centers and on-campus groups to engage with at UMass Lowell, feel free to check them out too when you get the chance!

  • Clean River Project - Dedicated to Cleaning up the Merrimack River in Massachusetts. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to cleaning and protecting the Merrimack River for providing a safer water supply to those who rely heavily on this natural resource. We raise environmental awareness through education and volunteer clean-ups. The Clean River Project

    The Clean River Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to cleaning and protecting the Merrimack River for providing a safer water supply to those who rely heavily on this natural resource. They raise environmental awareness through education and volunteer clean-ups.

  • UTEC's mission is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. UTEC

    UTEC's mission is to ignite and nurture the ambition of proven-risk youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. UTEC is the oldest LEED platinum certified building in the world!

  • The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. The National Park Service

    The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

  • Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust logo. The Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust's mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of Lowell through the creation, conservation, and preservation of parks, open spaces, and special places. Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust

    The Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust's mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of Lowell through the creation, conservation, and preservation of parks, open spaces, and special places.

  • House of Hope logo. The House of Hope collects items to support their mission of ending homelessness for families. The House of Hope

    Donation Diversion Drives - At key times of the year, such as spring move-out, items are donated by students who would have otherwise been thrown into the dumpsters. These items are donated to local organizations instead, and thus, diverted from landfills. The House of Hope collects items to support their mission of ending homelessness for families.

  • Lowell House of Hope logo. The Lowell Humane Society collects items used for dogs, cats, and small animals at their shelter. The Lowell Humane Society

    Donation Diversion Drives - At key times of the year, such as spring move-out, items are donated by students who would have otherwise been thrown into the dumpsters. These items are donated to local organizations instead, and thus, diverted from landfills. The Lowell Humane Society collects items used for dogs, cats, and small animals at their shelter.

  • The Wish Project logo. The Wish Project collects items needed by people living in the Merrimack Valley. For example, furniture, backpacks, Christmas gifts, etc. The Wish Project

    Donation Diversion Drives - At key times of the year, such as spring move-out, items are donated by students who would have otherwise been thrown into the dumpsters. These items are donated to local organizations instead, and thus, diverted from landfills. The Wish Project collects items needed by people living in the Merrimack Valley. For example, furniture, backpacks, Christmas gifts, etc.

  • UMass Lowell participates in the U.S. Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge by providing workplace charging for their employees who drive plug-in electric vehicles. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

    UMass Lowell participates in the U.S. Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge by providing workplace charging for their employees who drive plug-in electric vehicles.

  • Better Future Project logo. Better Future Project works to build a powerful grassroots movement to address the climate crisis and advance a rapid and responsible transition beyond coal, oil, and gas toward a renewable energy future for all. We educate the public about climate change, empower new leaders, and help citizens to make their voices heard. The Better Future Project

    Become an activist as we fight for climate justice! We lead campaigns to actively support state divestment, renewable energy, carbon pricing, and defy the construction of pipelines.

  • Mill City Grows logo. Mill City Grows (MCG) improves physical health, economic independence and environmental sustainability in Lowell through increased access to land, locally-grown food and education. Mill City Grows

    Mill City Grows fosters food justice by improving physical health, economic independence and environmental sustainability in Lowell through increased access to land, locally-grown food and education. Our goal is to increase community access to healthy, fresh food through the development of urban food production and distribution networks.

  • The Luna Theater Logo The Luna Theater

    The Luna Theater shows movies in a unique, vintage theater in downtown Lowell. The Evolution & Ecology Club in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability viewed a showing of Racing Extinction with students, faculty, and the public. Many other environmental movies are available to watch throughout the year at Luna Theater.

  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife logo. MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy. Mass Wildlife

    Mass Wildlife is responsible for the conservation - including protection, restoration, and management - of Massachusetts' fauna and flora, including endangered, threatened, and special concern species. UMass Lowell is home to a mating pair of Peregrine Falcons, an endangered species of bird in the state. Become a volunteer for Mass Wildlife to help during breeding season!

  • PLAN logo Post-Landfill Action Network (P.L.A.N.)