UMass Amherst has been recognized as one of the top academic sustainable universities in the nation.
A national program has ranked UMass number nine in the country in higher education.
The association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education has given UMass a gold rating in academics, research, and engagement.
The university scored a 75.77, to earn its gold rating. That’s an increase from its score of 68.18 back in 2015, which put the school 29th overall among doctorate-granting institutions.
22News spoke to one woman about this latest achievement and how this will help future generations.
“I think it’s very exciting that UMass is on the cutting edge of sustainability and education, those are both things that are important for the future of our nation,” said Lisa Papademetriou of Florence. “So to be in the top 10 seems to be a huge achievement.”
A number of reasons went into the high rating, including the installation of the largest solar power project of any college in New England, as well as the decision to be the first major public university to divest its endowment from direct holdings in fossil fuels.
The gold rating is good for the next three years.