University of Massachusetts
The University of Massachusetts Amherst was founded in 1863 as an agricultural college, so environmental consciousness is part of our DNA. Long at the leading edge of sustainability development, education, and research, UMass Amherst has strived to be a responsible steward of the environment, the planet, and its limited resources.
An essential aspect of UMass Carbon Zero took a notable step forward in fall 2022 and winter 2023 as geothermal wells were dug to perform capacity tests around campus. Ted Mendoza, who heads design and construction management for Carbon Zero, explains that the study conducted by the Carbon Mitigation Task Force revealed that by eliminating steam (the current source of heat for the campus) and implementing geothermal technology, "we could take care of around 65 to 70 percent of our greenhouse gas footprint."