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The Integrated Sciences Complex is the first campus building to achieve LEED Gold certification.
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November 4, 2016

UMass Boston Part of Princeton Review’s Green Colleges Guide for Seventh Time


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New Integrated Sciences Complex Has Received LEED Gold Certification

While the UMass Boston campus is decked out in reds and oranges this time of year, it’s green year-round no matter the weather thanks to ongoing environmental efforts and a newly LEED Gold-certified Integrated Sciences Complex.

This caught the attention of The Princeton Review, which has included UMass Boston in its Green Colleges Guide for the seventh year in a row. The publication chose 361 colleges and universities with an overall commitment to sustainability, after reviewing more than 2,000 colleges nationwide.

The Integrated Sciences Complex became the first campus building to achieve LEED Gold certification earlier this year. UMass Boston is seeking the same certification for University Hall, which celebrated its grand opening in October. LEED standards rate a building on a variety of environmental responsibility measures, such as the use of energy efficient building design and materials, renewable energy sources and technologies, and recyclable and locally available materials.

Also this year, UMass Boston received the 2016 Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Leadership Award and a 2016 Spotlight Award for Walkability. UMass Boston participates in an alternative commuting rewards program, the Hubway bike-sharing program, and an Emergency Ride Home program.

UMass Boston is part of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a network of colleges collectively addressing global warming through the reduction of emissions and the development of technologies that can help restabilize the climate. In March, UMass Boston was one of 91 charter signatories nationwide to sign the new ACUPCC Integrated Climate Commitment (Carbon Neutrality + Resilience).

Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review provides test preparation services and resources on admissions. The first Green Colleges list was published in 2009.

About UMass Boston

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