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Climate Open House and Idea Session is Feb. 20

Be heard. Share your thoughts.

If climate change, sustainability and environmental stewardship are important issues to you, attend our Open House and Idea Session on Thursday, Feb. 20, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room.

The program is part of the process to update the UMass Chan Climate Action and Sustainability Plan.

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“We want to open up this process and encourage people to participate,” said Suzanne Wood, program manager for sustainability and auxiliary services at UMass Chan. “The open house is meant to be a drop-in session. People don’t have to stay for the whole three hours. We hope they will come for a while, interact with the groups to learn more about what we are trying to do, and most importantly, to share their ideas and get involved.”

Anyone who works or studies at UMass Chan is encouraged to attend. The event will feature four general aspects of UMass Chan operations as they relate to climate change and sustainability practices. They are:

  • Buildings, energy and climate
  • Food, materials and resources
  • Grounds, water and biodiversity
  • Vehicles and transportation

For those unable to attend on Feb. 20, an online session is scheduled for March 9 at noon. To register for the online program please email

To facility the planning process, UMass Chan has hired GreenerU, a consulting group that specializes in helping academic institutions develop and implement climate action plans. A team from GreenerU will lead the Open House and Idea session.

The program follows-up on a climate survey conducted last fall to establish a baseline of the UMass Chan community’s awareness and concerns about climate change. For more information on the survey results, click here.

The school’s Climate Action and Sustainability Plan will define goals and prioritize programs to help achieve those goals. As a public institution in the Commonwealth, the medical school is committed to following Massachusetts Governor's Executive Order 484 “Leading By Example—Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings."  The medical school and the University of Massachusetts system is guided by a comprehensive policy adopted by the University’s Board of Trustees. Learn more at:

Read the sustainability report here:

For more information, contact us at 508.856.6324 or