Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.29
Liaison Ezra Small
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Massachusetts Amherst
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Ezra Small
Sustainability Manager
Physical Plant
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

AASHE, Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN), USGBC, Society for College & University Planning (SCUP), Naional Wildlife Federation

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

UMass Amherst is currently involved with UMass System Sustainability Council, consisting of all UMass System campuses (UMass Medical, Lowell, Dartmouth, Boston, and Amherst), The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC) and MA DOER Leading by Example committee (MA state government agencies), Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC), Berkoneer Network, Campus Decarb Group (regional New England group).

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Campus Sustainability Manager Ezra Small presented at the Campus Environmental Sustainability Panel at the North Atlantic 2022 Regional Conference

This keynote panel will discuss campus environmental sustainability in light of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) most recent comprehensive assessment about the state of scientific, technical, and socio-economic knowledge on climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for reducing the rate of climate change. Campus sustainability has evolved within the past few years in regards to facilities functions, executive leadership, campus planning, and cultural shifts embedded in institutional missions. Come learn how you can use integrated planning to bring your campus and community into a more sustainable and environmentally-healthy future.
March 17 Keynote: https://www.scup.org/conferences-programs/north-atlantic-2022-regional-conference/

Faculty and students showcased UMass Amherst's pioneering leadership and cutting-edge technology development in wind energy research at the fourth International Offshore Wind Technical Conference and Banquet, held December 7 and 8 at Northeastern University.
College of Engineering Dean Sanjay Raman highlighted the work of several Ph.D. students, such as Musaab Mohammed Ali, electrical and computer engineering, who is researching distributed energy generation such as solar, photovoltaic, wind and battery storage and their integration into the electric grid; Oyewole Abe, civil engineering, and Hannah Darling, mechanical engineering, who are focusing on offshore wind turbine system design and computational fluid dynamics; and Wind Energy Fellow Ahmed Alshuwaykh, mechanical engineering, who is researching dynamic stall and aerodynamic loads on airfoils, with an interest in floating offshore wind turbines.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

UMass Amherst submitted a case study for the 2022 launch of the "UMass Dining Carbon A-E Rating System" to the AASHE Sustainability Hub.

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Laurie Simmons, Residential Life Sustainability Coordinator, is on the board of Mass Recycle https://massrecycle.org/.

Ezra Small, Sustainability Manager, is on the Leading by Example Council https://www.mass.gov/service-details/leading-by-example-council

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

The UMass Campus Sustainability Manager is currently enrolled in the AASHE Mentorship program to mentor Konrad Schlarbaum, Sustainability Director from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

2021 Climate Action Pursuit, UMass Amherst helped head up the decarbonization/energy transition group for the duration of the year.

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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