Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.37
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Ruairi O'Mahony
Executive Director
Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy
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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, USGBC, NACUBO, APPA, Post-Landfill Action Network, League of American Bicyclists

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):

Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium, America East Sustainability Network, UMass Sustainability Council, Leading By Example Council (MA state)

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):

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):

NACUBO - Intercampus Collaboration for the UMass System.

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):

Ruairi O'Mahony - AASHE Advisory Council. America East Sustainability Network Chair

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:

UMass Lowell has a long-standing relationship with University College Cork, Ireland. Underpinned by a formal MOU, UMass Lowell assisted UCC with their first AASHE STARS submission and continues to mentor and collaborate with UCC on recurring STARS submissions. Ruairi O’Mahony is the point person at UMass Lowell and Dr. Maria Kirrane is the contact at UCC. In addition to mentoring through the AASHE STARS submissions, UCC and UMass Lowell collaborate and share best practices focused on energy management and carbon reduction, curriculum development, and campus/community partnerships.

+ Date Revised: July 20, 2022

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:

The participants in the UMass Sustainability Council regularly review data such as GHG emissions inventories from each campus. The group also collaborates on areas of shared or pooled resources e.g. UMass Foundation Investments to achieve the optimal sustainability benefit for the entire system.

Additionally, UMass Lowell collaborates with University College Cork, Ireland on their STARS submission. Teams from both campuses work collaboratively to review credits, identify shared approaches and outcomes, and learn from each other's sustainability work.

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

The UMass Sustainability Council hosts an annual retreat to discuss collaborative efforts annually.

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.