In 2013 the University of Massachusetts, on behalf of the University of Massachusetts Building Authority and Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), submitted an Expanded Environmental Notification Form for the University's 2012 - 2021 Capital Improvement Plan to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA).
Taken individually, the majority of the Projects, comprising of 13 building/space, 7 site/landscape, and 5 facility/ utility scale improvement projects, do not require MEPA review as most of the Project sites are confined to infill areas on campus that are currently or have been previously developed. This plan articulates the environmental effects of developing the 2012 - 2021 Capital Improvement Projects (Phase 1 of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Master Plan 2012) in aggregate. The report of environmental impacts associated with the planned growth of the campus includes the following sections: 1) UMass Amherst Campus environmental impacts summary; 2) summaries of each project, 3) a review of the Campus Master Plan process and analysis of alternatives, 4) approach to historical resources; 5) summary of campus sustainability efforts; 6) projected greenhouse gas emissions analysis, 7) stormwater management approach; 8) protection of wetland resources; 9) projected water supply and wastewater impacts; 10) transportation and parking system impacts; 11) planned pedestrian and bicycle accommodations; and 12) construction period impacts.
EOEEA approved the application and commended UMass Amherst on its Campus Master Plan engagement process and commitment to sustainability, including the UMass Amherst mandate to achieve LEED Silver certification or better for all new building projects of 20,000 gsf, and the variety of additional measures expected to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts of development.
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