Minimizing atmospheric pollution and protecting outdoor air quality is crucial for the protection of ecosystems and human health. Luckily, many such measures coincide with reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which thus leads to positive impacts both on campus and globally.
The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees the implementation of the Clean Air Act; but state, local, and tribal organizations work to complete many of its requirements. These actions include:
More recent additions and amendments have sought to further strengthen protection for the air and ecosystems that keep us alive. Read more on the EPA's Clean Air Act page!
Massachusetts’ government followed up this legislation with their own Massachusetts Clean Air Act: (MG.L. Chapter 111, Sections 142A-142J). In particular, Massachusetts’ Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has created local regulations focusing on:
Past action at local, state, federal and international levels has worked, as seen in part in the EPA's "Our Nation's Air Report" so we must keep hope and pressure for these laws and regulations to be maintained, implemented, and strengthened.
Each of the steps that have weakened the health of the atmosphere carries the potential to be reversed to some degree; it is up to us to do so before it is too late.
We here at UMass Lowell are working to track and reduce the emissions that we produce from stationary and mobile forces in accordance with federal and local regulations.
Some particularly harmful pollutants that we track and are working to reduce atmospheric concentrations of here at UMass Lowell are:
View our AASHE Stars Reporting on our air quality here at UMass Lowell!