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Energy Competition Between UMASS Amherst Dorms

For the duration of November, an energy use competition is being held between two Southwest Area towers, John Adams and Kennedy, which are almost identical in size and resident population. According to the Energy Intern Program Coordinator, Sam Willis, and interns of the Campus Sustainability Initiative, Zach Hellyar and Liyang Wang, the goal of the competition is to raise awareness while reducing energy usage among the campus population, one building at a time.

how are they going to do it?
Compost Pilot Project - UMASS

This fall UMass Amherst will be host to a compost pilot project outside the Franklin Dining Hall near the Central Residential Area. Although there are presently compost bins in the Bluewall Café and all the dining halls compost food, there has not been a resource for members of the campus community to use when they wish to compost outside of the aforementioned areas.

more about the composting project
Green Living Mobile Project Tour Visits UMass

Since 2009, the Green Living Project’s Mobile Tour has been on the road to promote its message of sustainability. As part of UMass’ first Campus Sustainability Week, the Mobile Tour came to campus to provide tours of its eco-friendly RV and a multimedia and film presentation about the work done by the Green Living Project.

learn moe abotu the mobile tour here
UMass Celebrates First Campus Sustainability Week

This semester, the Campus Sustainability Initiative celebrated the first annual Campus Sustainability Week (October 24-28), intended to highlight student organizations and university programs that are working to make UMass Amherst an environmentally conscious institution.

check out more about this action packed sustainability week
Greening Greenfield Film Series
Greening Greenfield Energy Committee presents...



How can we as a community prepare for and even celebrate the changes we need to make as we come to the end of cheap energy?


November 30, 6:30 pm     St. James Church, Greenfield

GASLAND The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudi Arabia of natural gas”, but is it safe? This film follows a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. Soon to be decided upon by President Obama, we need to inform ourselves about the potential destruction of our water safety, right here in Greenfield!

see more upcoming events in the film series
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