Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2019
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University of Massachusetts Lowell
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ruairi O'Mahony
Executive Director
Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The mission of the Climate Action Plan Steering Committee is to achieve the goals set forth in the Climate Action Plan. Some of the Climate Action Plan Subcommittees also have individual mission statements. The mission statement of the Sustainability subcommittee consists of the following:

“The Sustainability Subcommittee supports the UMass Lowell Climate Action Plan by means of fostering environmental stewardship, behavioral changes, and advocating best sustainable practices which embrace and communicate opportunities to reduce one’s carbon footprint. The sustainability programs provide centralized environmental leadership services that support structured approaches with measurable outcomes that enrich the University community and greater world. “

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Tom Miliano, CAP Co-chair Senior Director, Administrative Services
Christopher Niezrecki, CAP Co-chair Chair, Professor - Francis College of Engineering Director - Center for Wind Energy
Tyler Arrigo, Sustainability Reporting, Data, and Programs Specialist
Ed Brennen, Communications Senior Writer, University Relations
James Kohl, Student Life Dean, Student Affairs & Enrichment
Brent Morgan, Controller's Office, Controller
Garry Nolan, Procurement Services Director
Ruairi O'Mahony, Sustainability Director
Erik Pettaway, Student Student Government Association
Juliette Rooney-Varga, Kennedy College of Sciences Associate Professor

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The UMass Lowell Office of Sustainability was authorized in 2014 and was formally adopted as of January, 2015. The office provides the university with centralized sustainability services and an increased opportunity for collaboration across all university departments.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Tyler Arrigo, Environmental Sustainability Program Developer

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

• Formed and staffed seven Climate Action Plan subcommittees that meet regularly
• Reduced carbon emissions by converting from No. 6 fuel oil to natural gas
• Required a minimum of LEED Silver for all new construction; The Emerging Technologies and Innovations Center was certified LEED Gold in August 2013
• Implemented design standards with sustainable requirements
• Utilized Green Guard certified cleaning chemicals
• Maintained a campus wide Zero Sort solid waste recycling program,
• Piloted a food waste recycling project in Fox Hall
• Created process for energy rebates and other incentives to be reserved for future energy conservation projects
• Began incorporating Green Standards into procurement practices,
• Hosting a series of events and competitions including Earth Week, Recyclemania, Climate Change Teach -In
• Completed awareness campaigns associated with the Bike Share Program, Personal Climate Challenge, One Mug Programs, Electric Challenge, energy savings ideas, sustainable transportation
• Developed and is the in the process of implementing and financing a campus-wide accelerated energy program that included energy conservation assessment audits and planning for the implementation of audit findings,
• Developed and implemented energy efficiency and renewable energy projects such as the installation of Solar PV on four campus buildings, Sub-Metering project, net metering agreement with third party vendor, chiller replacements, and installation of high efficiency lighting,
• Developed a transportation management plan incorporating sustainable transportation concepts including the Shuttle Bus and River Hawk Roadster Bus Program, MassRIDES commuter Travel, and ZipCar
• Conducted research in diverse fields including modeling climate change, clean energy, sustainability and education (much of this was from the Center for Electric Car and Energy Conservation, the UMass Lowell Center for Sustainable Energy and Wind Energy Research Group
• Offered 70 climate related courses
• Developed a comprehensive, sustainability web site

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