UMass students discuss environmental issues ahead of Earth Day weekend

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UMass students are learning sustainability, and the school hopes they will take that passion out into the world.

Earth day is Sunday, but UMass is celebrating early. The university kicked off its Earth Day festivities with a summit Wednesday.

On Thursday, dozens of campus and local organizations gathered on the lawn, outside the student union building, to showcase how their energy efficiency policies and programs are reducing air pollution. 

Ezra Small, the Sustainability Manager at UMass told 22News the school hopes by students learning sustainability they will take that passion out into the world.

“We have 30,000 students here, that are all young people that are going to be going out into fields and into careers and changing the world and so, we can have a huge ripple effect.” 

UMass is already reducing its carbon footprint.

The university composts more than 15,000 tons of food waste each year, making it the largest recycling stream on campus. 

UMass and the Amherst community will highlight sustainability events throughout this weekend. 

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