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Carbon Mitigation Taskforce presents plans for a more eco-friendly UMass

By District Energy posted 10-14-2020 09:20


The Massachusetts Daily Collegian


The first of three interactive webinars was recently hosted by the Carbon Mitigation Task Force (CMTF), featuring a detailed presentation from the committee followed by a discussion that welcomed public input.

An extensive passage on the University of Massachusetts’ website establishes the primary ambitions of CMTF.

“In April 2019 the Chancellor tasked the newly formed Carbon Mitigation Taskforce to develop a comprehensive, high-level feasibility study that seeks to achieve carbon neutrality from 100 [percent] renewable energy for all heating, cooling and electrical systems of the main campus by 2030.”

This goal, issued by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, has been of the utmost priority for the CMTF since the group’s inception. The team pushing for this goal is a diverse blend of UMass community members made up of faculty, students and staff.

This past April, the CMTF collaborated with a consultant team for the exploration of “carbon-neutral energy options” in hopes of reducing future output of carbon emissions. These more environmentally friendly alternatives may be applicable to the UMass campus, specifically the campus’ “electricity, heating, and cooling, as well as [bus] fleet.”

With sizable long-term goals, namely for the University to become carbon-neutral by 2030, the CMTF has gradually revealed how they plan to guide UMass into becoming a more eco-friendly campus. While UMass is roughly 10 years from reaching the end goal, the event seemed to suggest that it’s never too early to get started on a project of this nature.

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