UMass Dartmouth was awarded a $100,000 grant by the Baker-Polito Administration to be used for a feasibility study aimed at achieving carbon neutrality at the university by next decade.
The study will fund the development of a Comprehensive Energy Master Plan to help the school implement requirements to become carbon-neutral by 2030, along with reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.
“I want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for their leadership on this issue and their support of UMass Dartmouth’s ambitions to reduce our carbon emissions,” outgoing Chancellor Robert Johnson said. “The entire UMass Dartmouth community has mobilized to fight climate change and create a more sustainable future not just for our students, but for the health of our planet.”
According to the press release, since 2007, state agencies and public higher education campuses have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent; generated 19 percent of electricity demand from onsite renewable and combined heat and power sources; and installed over 27 megawatts of solar capacity, reducing heating oil use by 84 percent.
UMass Dartmouth is one of three state universities to receive the grant funding. The other universities are Salem State and UMass Lowell.