University of Massachusetts Amherst
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is recognized as a top-performing educational institution in the 2020 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI), a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). It received the 7th highest score among large, public, doctoral-granting universities, based on a UMass analysis of the data.
“The institutions and initiatives featured in this year’s SCI showcase the great work that higher education institutions are doing to lead the global sustainability transformation,” states Julian Dautremont, AASHE’s director of programs, in announcing the new report.
“We are thrilled with the recognition our wide-reaching sustainability efforts are receiving, and we’re committed to raising the bar even higher in the years to come,” says Rob DeConto, a climate scientist and co-director of the university’s School of Earth & Sustainability.
The index lists top performers in 17 sustainability impact areas related to academics, engagement, operations and administration. UMass Amherst was tied for sixth in the sustainability research area, receiving a score of 100%. The average score among participating institutions was 72.7%.
“By researching sustainability issues and refining theories and concepts, higher education institutions can continue to help the world understand sustainability challenges and develop new technologies, strategies and approaches to address those challenges,” the report states.