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UMMS Earns Climate 'Mark of Distinction'

UMass Medical School has been recognized for its ongoing commitment to adapt operations for long-term environmental benefits.

With myriad energy efficiency and sustainability efforts, and a firm belief in leading by example, UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins recently re-affirmed the institution’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. Chancellor Collins joined with academic, corporate, state and municipal leaders by declaring they would not walk away from the spirit nor the letter of the Paris Climate Agreement.

For this leadership, UMMS was awarded a “Mark of Distinction” in April from Second Nature, a non-profit group that coordinates a range of sustainability initiatives including the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), of which the University of Massachusetts is a signatory. (http://secondnature.org/who-we-are/background)“UMass Medical School is honored to receive a “Mark of Distinction” Award from Second Nature,” Chancellor Collins said. “This award represents our commitment to continued progress toward climate neutrality; UMass Medical School is proud of the achievements we have made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and equally proud to reaffirm our commitment to climate neutrality.”

Among the measurable improvements made in recent years, UMMS has increased recycling rates on campus and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from its co-generation power plant. Read more about some of the initiatives here:

https://www.umassmed.edu/growinggreen/newsletter/harvey-recycling-2018/

https://www.umassmed.edu/growinggreen/newsletter/epa-awards-for-efficient-power-and-reducing-waste/

https://www.umassp.edu/sites/umassp.edu/files/publications/Sustainability%20Report%202017.pdf