University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA, US
|Rating||Score||Valid Through||Liaison||Submitted||Executive Letter|
|Gold||75.77||Aug. 28, 2021||Nathanael Schildbach||March 2, 2018||Download|
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As the flagship campus of the Commonwealth, UMass Amherst has been a leader in agricultural research and green education since our founding as a land grant institution in 1863.
The university gives students the opportunity to make a serious commitment to pursuing in-depth study in the field. More than a third of our majors offer opportunities to learn and practice sustainability across disciplines, with courses taught by faculty members who are passionate about changing society and protecting our environment. We offer more than 25 sustainability-related undergraduate majors, which include over 300 sustainability-related courses. In 2016, the University created the School of Earth and Sustainability (SES) to provide students, faculty, the campus community, and the Commonwealth with a central hub for innovation, research, education, and outreach related to earth, sustainability, and environmental sciences. At the graduate level the university offers multiple programs with a sustainability focus, including an M.S. in Environmental Conservation, an M.S. in Design & Historic Conservation, and a Masters in Sustainability Science.<< show less
|Academic Courses||Complete||11.86 / 14.00|
|Learning Outcomes||Complete||3.47 / 8.00|
|Undergraduate Program||Complete||3.00 / 3.00|
|Graduate Program||Complete||3.00 / 3.00|
|Immersive Experience||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
|Sustainability Literacy Assessment||Complete||1.00 / 4.00|
|Incentives for Developing Courses||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
|Campus as a Living Laboratory||Complete||4.00 / 4.00|
|Student Educators Program||Complete||4.00 / 4.00|
|Student Orientation||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
|Student Life||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
|Outreach Materials and Publications||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
|Outreach Campaign||Complete||4.00 / 4.00|
|Assessing Sustainability Culture||Complete||0.25 / 1.00|
|Employee Educators Program||Complete||3.00 / 3.00|
|Employee Orientation||Complete||1.00 / 1.00|
|Staff Professional Development||Complete||1.25 / 2.00|
|Landscape Management||Complete||0.00 / 2.00|
This credit is weighted more heavily for institutions that own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to any of the following:
Institutions may identify legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and regions of conservation importance using the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Research & Conservation Planning, the U.S. Information, Planning, and Conservation (IPaC) decision support system, or an equivalent resource or study.
This credit is weighted more heavily for institutions located in areas of water stress and scarcity and less heavily for institutions in areas with relative water abundance. The points available for this credit are determined by the level of ”Physical Risk QUANTITY” for the institution’s main campus,, as indicated by the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas and detailed in the following table:
|Rainwater Management||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
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