Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.77
Liaison Nathanael Schildbach
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Amherst
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Ezra Small
Sustainability Manager
Physical Plant
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Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability? :
Yes

Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
MASSPIRG, UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign, Permaculture Initiative, Real Food Challenge, USGBC Student Chapter (UMGBC)

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged:

There are numerous co/extra-curricular based campaigns on campus led by Registered Student Organizations (RSO's) like MASSPIRG with their 2017-2018 "100% Renewable Energy Campaign" to the UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign. Other campaigns are led by unit supported student-led initiatives such as Permaculture and Real Food Challenge.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:

MASSPIRG: https://masspirgstudents.org/campaigns/sp/100-renewable-energy-0.
This campaign has become very organized in 2017, with a petition with goals of 30% of faculty to sign on in 2018. This has raised awareness about renewable energy on campus and the student leaders working on the campaign will provide student representation on a new Joint Task Force being formed for Carbon Mitigation Planning.

UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign: Foundation divested all direct fossil fuel holdings to make UMass Amherst the first, major public university to divest.

Permaculture Committee: There are now five Permaculture Gardens on campus and a very active local food network of students who are impacting the movement on a regional scale.

Real Food Challenge: The Chancellor has signed the Real Food Challenge, making UMass the largest campus dining program in the country to sign on and UMass Dining is now over 18% Real Food purchasing on its path towards reaching the 20 by 2020 goal/commitment.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
UMass Green Office Program

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):

The Green Office Program now has 100 offices participating as certified green offices and have active employees in each office serving as Eco-Leaders who are responsible for implementing sustainability measures in energy efficiency, waste reduction, kitchen sustainability, and green purchasing.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):

Over 100 offices are participating and an unknown amount of virgin paper is being reduced in these offices, energy is being saved minimally, greener cleaning products and more reusable products in kitchens are providing a more sustainable and healthy work space.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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