Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.18
Liaison Suzanne Wood
Submission Date April 3, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Medical School
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 4.00 Suzanne Wood
Sustainability & Energy Manager
Facilities Managment
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

The current strategic plan addresses sustainability from the perspective of research and population health aligning with UN Sustainable Development Goals to ensure healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages. Additionally, the strategic plan calls to build a culture that promotes a diverse workforce.


A copy of the strategic plan:
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The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):

System-Wide Sustainability Policy: Which acts as a planning document for the UMass System Sustainability Council (Sustainability Officers from each of the 5 campus plus the President's Office designee who chairs the Council.)
https://www.umassp.edu/sites/umassp.edu/files/content/T16-055-Sustainability%20Policy_12.9.16.pdf


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

UMMS is committed to aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goal to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Aligning the curriculum with UN SDG, included UMMS goals of expanding collaborative learning experiences to advance patient-centered practices and research through interprofessional team-based learning.By doing so, our trainees will advance our core missions in primary care education and practice and biomedical research, as well as our special responsibilities to provide care to vulnerable populations and to engage in public sector medicine.

Additionally, the System-Wide Sustainability Policy includes a goal that (1) the UMass Sustainability Council will work with their respective campus
curriculum governance units to identify where Academic and Research
Programming and Community Engagement involving Sustainability already exists, and to explore more formal incorporation into the core curriculum and identified learning outcomes. A specific goal for UMMS is to improve is STARS score, including AC credits.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goal to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, UMMS will Collaborate with community organizations to define and achieve population health goals. Additionally, UMMS will Collaborate with basic researchers to improve our understanding of disease and to transform our collective research into an ecosystem supporting the discovery and rapid development of products.

The System-Wide Sustainability Policy includes a goal that The UMass Sustainability Council will work with their respective campus curriculum governance units to (1) identify where Academic and Research Programming and Community Engagement involving Sustainability already exists, and (2) to explore more formal incorporation into core-curriculum and identified learning outcomes. A specific goal for UMMS is to improve is STARS score, including AC credits.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

UMMS 2016 CAP outlines goals of “Create a campus-wide outreach and information program to engage the UMMS community about sustainability issues in general and the LBE and ACUPCC programs in particular” this is a specific sustainability objective for UMMMS current CAP.

In addition, the System-Wide Sustainability Policy includes a goal that the UMass Sustainability Council will work with their respective campus
curriculum governance units to identify where Academic and Research
Programming and Community Engagement involving Sustainability already exists,
and to explore more formal incorporation into core curriculum and identified
learning outcomes. Reporting on community engagement initiatives are reported annual as part of the Board of Trustees annual sustainability report.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Current interim goals set by the Climate Action Plan include 25% reduction in GHG emissions below 2007 baseline by 2025, 50% reduction by 2040, 75% reduction by 2050, and climate neutrality by 2060. UMMS will continue to report greenhouse gas emissions through ACUPCC to track progress on meeting goals.

Additionally, Massachusetts E.O. 484 set greenhouse gas reduction goals including a 25% reduction below 2002 by 2012, 40% reduction by 2020, and an 80% reduction by 2050. UMMS continues to report to the State on greenhouse gas emissions.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Climate Action Plan outline strategies for building efficiency including continued energy and water efficiency improvements, upgrades to the HVAC systems, laboratories, plumbing and fixtures, lighting, refrigeration and other plug loads. Green building and LEED certification is another component addressed in the Plan, specifically as it relates to the construction of the Ambulatory Care Center and the Albert Sherman Center which were certified LEED Silver and LEED gold respectively.

The 2016 CAP outlines a goal of “(1) Expand the use of real-time building level energy performance monitoring to provide facility management with critical information as to the status of each campus building in terms of energy use, (2) Establish procedures that will facilitate a review of UMMS’s progress against its energy use and GHG emission reduction goals on an annual basis, (3) Prepare a formal update to this Climate Action Plan every 3-5 years

UMMS is additionally committed to E.O. 484 which established green building standards for State building. Under this E.O. 484 building must achieve Massachusetts LEED Plus green building standards which requires energy performance to be 20% better than the Massachusetts Energy Code, reducing outdoor water consumption by 50% and indoor water consumption by 20%.

UMMS uses site energy use intensity and domestic water consumption as the primary metrics to gauge building performance. Energy Efficiency projects are tracked and reviewed monthly with facilities engineering and construction to ensure projects are moving forward. UMass Medical School reports annual on building performance.

Additionally, the UMass Sustainability Policy establishes the following goals relating to green building design and sustainable operation:Any new construction must meet the MA Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Plus green building standards, (LEED most current version) or other standards as identified in Goal 1.1 as being necessary to achieve carbon reduction commitments and meet sustainability objectives


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

UMMS has the goals aligned with the State's E.O. 484 to reduce in EUI of 20% below 2004 baseline by 2012,and 35% by 2020.

Strategies for reduction in energy use include continued energy efficiency upgrades to the HVAC systems, lighting, refrigeration and other plug load.

UMMS also received energy efficiency project recommendation through the State's Accelerated Energy Program, which will be used to help guide energy projects moving forward.

Energy efficiency projects are tracked and reviewed monthly with facilities engineering and construction to ensure projects are moving forward and used to identities measurable targets for reductions in energy use intensity.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

UMass Medical has a goal of achieving Green Restaurant Association certification, which aligns with the UMass Sustainability Policy of establishing goals relating to sustainable food and dining.

In addition, through the UMass Sustainability Policy, UMMS strives for its campus foodservice operation to procure sustainable food products while maintaining accessibility and affordability for all students and campus patrons.

UMass Medical School's current dining services vendor reports sustainable food purchases monthly and annual sustainable food purchases are reported to the Board of Trustees as part of the annual sustainability report.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The UMass System-Wide Sustainability Policy calls to "Establish Environmentally-Preferable Products Procurement Program (EPP) and continue to implement annual procurement goals to move toward alignment with the standards of the Environmental Purchasing Advisory Council where ever appropriate and consistent with available funding."

STARS Credits OP-11, 12, 13, 14 is used to track this metric on an annual basis, and the goals for UMMS is to improve its STARS credit scoring.

This data is presented in our annual sustainability report to the UMass Board of Trustees.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The UMass Sustainability Policy includes a goal to "reduce vehicle fuel consumption of the University vehicle fleet through promoting the use of public transportation, reducing the number of single-occupancy vehicles, and increasing the use of other alternative fuel transportation for faculty, staff, and students."

Performance in this category through an annual Rideshare Report which is a mandatory requirement of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

UMass Medical School has a goal of increasing waste diversion 2-3% annually, in accordance with being a member of the EPA's Wise Program. This goal setting and annual reporting is a requirement of participation in the Waste Wise program.

The UMass Sustainability Policy also includes a goal to "Employ strategies around preventative measures in waste diversion to promote source reduction, re-use, and recycling of used materials."


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

UMMS has water reduction goals aligned with the state's EO 484 to reduce potable water by 10% by 2012 and 15% by 2020 as compared to 2006.

Also, the UMass Sustainability Policy includes a goal to "Reduce Potable water usage and determine goals consistent with capital investments and annual programs implemented in support of reducing potable water."


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

UMMS Diversity Summit III, held in 2017, focused on creating goals of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities (URM) faculty and students at UMMS.

UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial also have a Health Equity Diversity and Inclusion Council which established an FY17 goal of increasing the collection and use of race, ethnicity, language preference, and other relevant socio-demographic data to enhance patient care and quality improvement efforts.

UMass Medical School's diversity and inclusion office host diversity summits to prioritize and align goals and objectives across the institution.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

The University of Massachusetts has a board of trustees policy which endorses the UMass System's commitment to Sustainability.
https://www.umassp.edu/sites/umassp.edu/files/content/T16-055-Sustainability%20Policy_12.9.16.pdf


The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

UMMS is committed to carbon neutrality by 2050.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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