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EVS 300


Environmental Science and Policy


Sustainable design is becoming an important concept in the new millennium. The University of Massachusetts Amherst can play a key role in further promoting this ideology on campus. With roughly 4,000 freshmen annually it has the ability to educate a huge influx of students annually. Unfortunately, because it is such a large university addressing the issue of sustainability has become very complex. There is little framework in place and even less incentive from the University itself. There also is no real forum to discuss information or ideas between departments. Regardless of this many members of the UMass community have taken it upon themselves to seek sustainable alternatives. This can be found in many areas of campus, such as; the physical plant, facilities and campus planning, academics and student and faculty organizations. This report will function as a reference for people, especially students, who are interested in becoming involved with sustainability efforts on campus. It contains information about what initiatives are occurring throughout the university, some of the obstacles being faced and recommendations for the future. The information was gathered through interviews with UMass faculty and staff, reports and presentations that were given, and departmental websites.


© 2004; Sabrina Morano