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This research paper was published at the 1st International Conference on Sustainable Construction and Project Management in Cairo and is available online at


The optimum use of resources and the efficient management of waste are the most vital principles of sustainable building, which significantly reduces the negative impacts of construction on the environment and preserves its natural resources. Several institutions supported by local governments in the United States have acquired the experience and the methodology to develop policies, guides, and demonstration projects to enhance construction waste management of building projects in a sustainable way. Massachusetts has specifically presented several green building initiatives with particular regard to construction waste management. The University of Massachusetts (UMass- Amherst) is a prominent state institution with a campus classified as “Green”. Thus, this study addresses the management of construction waste at UMass as a model by exploring the governing framework, and highlighting the measures that define the process of construction waste management for campus projects. Throughout the study, waste management considerations, guidelines, and policies are reviewed, field visits are conducted, and conclusions are derived in order to improve the management performance of campus construction waste, thereby advising other institutions on better management practices.