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In case you  missed them, here articles from our recent Growing Green emails and some of our most popular sustainability videos.

Reycling Update: China Impact 

In 2017 China abruptly stopped importing nearly all recycled waste, disrupting recycling programs across the United States.  See article, December 2018

2018 Update for Electric Vehicle Charging

With a growing number of commuters driving electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to campus, new guidelines have been developed for use of on-campus electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. See article, December 2018

LED Lighting Project Biotech 2

Faculty, students and staff at Biotech Two now see their work in a whole new light, thanks to a recent project that swapped out every lighting fixture in the building. Gone are some 1,000 fluorescent bulb fixtures, which used 120 watts each on average.  See article, October 2018

Commuter Challenge Winners Announced

The inaugural UMass Medical School student commuter challenge drew 100 participants who saved thousands of miles on their vehicles by instead carpooling, walking, bike riding, or taking public transportation. See article, October 2018

Electronics Recycling South Street  

When it was over, the truck was full and cars were empty. All in all, it was a successful electronics recycling event. See article, August 2018

Shut the Sash Video

Keeping the fume hood sash at its proper height is important both for safety and for saving energy. See a video produced by Students in the Emerging Professoinals Summer Internship Program at UMMS. See article, August, 2018

SWAP Shop Moves 

The SWAP Shop on the main campus has moved to S5-320 in the medical school building. The popular re-use spot had to move to make way for renovations on the third floor. See article, August 2018.

Battery Study for Campus Co-gen Plant 

Imagine a battery system capable of reducing the possibility of power outages, or managing peak demand for electricity on campus at UMass Medical School.  See article,  June 2018.

In Search of 100 Million Gallons 

What if there was a major disruption of the city of Worcester's water supply? How would UMass Medical School function for an extended period of time?  See article,  June 2018.

UMMS Earns Climate 'Mark of Distinction'

UMass Medical School has been recognized for its ongoing commitment to adapt operations for long-term environmental benefits. See article, June 2018.

Earth Day 2018: Wet and Wild

Despite the April showers and some initial glitches with the electronics recycling station, the annual Earth Day celebration at UMass Medical School proved to be an example of resiliency in action on campus. See article,  May 2018.

Chemical Surplus Program Promotes Reuse

Right now, in research labs across the campus, there are some 16,779 unique chemicals in use. With that kind of volume, there is always a little extra. See article,  March 2018.

Reycling Rates Up Since 2013

When E.L. Harvey first took over waste and recycling management services for UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care, many areas did not have a formalized recycling program. See article, March 2018

UMass Memorial Wins EPA Award

Every time someone drops a bottle, plastic container or magazine into the proper recycling bin, it makes a big difference. See article,  February 2018.

Shining a Better Light on Research at LRB

A project is underway to replace more than 14,000 fluorescent light bulbs in the laboratories at the Lazare Research Building with LED bulbs that use less than half the electricity. See article,  February 2018.

Popular Reuse Program Launches at South Street

After two years of success on the main campus, the SWAP Shop expands to the university's South Street complex in Shrewsbury. The grand opening was December 21. See article, December 2017

Electric Vehicle Test Drives On Campus

Whether on two wheels or four, the opportunity to test drive an electric vehicle on campus drew a croud. See article, October 2017.

Paperless Contracting System Saves Time and Resources

A new electronic contract management system is in place to process the thousands of pages of documents required each year for the Medical School's myriad contracts and related correspondence. See article, Sept. 2017

New Guidelines for Electric Vehicle Charging

With a growing number of commuters driving electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to campus, new guidelines have been developed for use of on-campus electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.See article, June 2017.

Hashtag Hit at Earth Day Event

At this year’s packed Earth Day celebration, 171 unique tweets flew from the campus as people posted about their commitment to sustainability to launch the @UMassMedGreen Twitter feed. See article, June 2017.

Five Campus Sustainability Policy Rolling Out

For the first time, a university-wide sustainability policy, crafted by green leaders from all five campuses working with the president’s office, is being implemented across the UMass system. See article, June 2017.

Sustainable Service from the Corps

Answering the call for a day of service on Martin Luther King Day this year, groups of students from the Grafton Job Corps helped several community programs, including the Growing Green effort at UMass Medical School. See article, March 2017.

New Look for Lab Recycling

Waste stream audits have shown that the research labs on campus do a good job recycling acceptable materials. A new awareness program will help those conscientious recyclers grow even greener. See article, March 2017.

SWAP Shop at One

In its first year of operation the SWAP Shop has proven to be a popular spot, with more than 3,500 pounds of items valued at over $40,000 exchanged, thereby avoiding an ignoble trip to the incinerator. See article, Dec. 2016.

Check List for a Green Holiday Break

With the holidays around the corner, many of us will be taking some time off. Whether it’s just a couple of days, or a whole week, please run through this check list for your office and/or lab area before you leave for the break. See list, Dec. 2016

Survey Success: Parking Winners Announced

The online UMMS commuter survey elicited a strong response from the community, yielding important data about how people get to and from the campus. And six lucky respondents will soon enjoy a month of free premium parking. See article, Dec. 2016.

EPA Awards for Efficient Power and Reducing Waste

UMMS has won two awards from the Environmental Protection Agency, recognizing the school’s sustainability efforts in solid waste reduction and the efficiency of the campus power plant. See article, Dec.2016.

Green Eggs and Ham, and Beef and More

The big sellers were the green eggs. And OK, they were brown and white, and only green in the spirit of the sustainable practices used by the farmers who sell through the Massachusetts Local Food Coop that distributes on campus. See article, Oct. 2016.

Green Ideas Sprouting Around

Signs to remind people to turn off the lights leaving a conference room, or to be a “recycling champion” are just two of the staff-driven “Green Ideas” recently implemented at UMass Memorial Medical Center. See article, Oct. 2016.

UMMS Earns Bronze for Sustainability

After a nearly year-long reporting process covering all aspects of the campus operations, the University of Massachusetts Medical School has earned a Bronze rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). See article, Oct. 2016.

A Greener Solution for Cleaning the Campus

It's an exceedingly simple solution. Instead of caustic cleaning chemicals, the campus now sparkles because of tap water and a pinch of salt. It’s called “Orbio” water and it now fills most of the spray bottles and cleaning machines used on campus. See article, May 2016.

Green Light for More Solar Power

The switch is now on at the third solar power project supported by UMMS through the “net metering” program. With some 9,800 solar panels spread over 12 acres, the array generates approximately 3 megawatts of electricity. See article, March 2016. 

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