2023 Participant Milestones Spotlight: UMass Boston

Our 2023 participant, The University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston), stands out as a public research university in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the only public research university in Boston and ranks as the third-largest campus within the five-campus University of Massachusetts system. Recognized as the third most diverse university in the United States, UMass Boston is on a transformative journey towards a cleaner, more sustainable future.

In 2023, UMass Boston’s commitment to enhancing its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure saw remarkable progress. The year was highlighted by significant achievements in the utilization and expansion of EV charging facilities on campus, including:

  • A 64% increase in kilowatt-hours (kWh) utilized

  • A 42% increase in charging instances

  • A 103% increase in net duration of charging sessions

  • A 57% increase in overall utilization

These impressive metrics underscore UMass Boston’s dedication to supporting sustainable transportation options and its role in encouraging the campus community to adopt EVs.

Beyond infrastructure improvements, UMass Boston engaged in general electrification education last year, aimed at raising awareness and understanding of sustainable energy solutions among students, faculty, and staff. This educational initiative is part of a broader strategy to weave sustainability into the fabric of campus life.

Looking ahead to 2024, UMass Boston has outlined goals aligned with the university’s Energy & Carbon Master Plan. Key initiatives include:

  • Advancing energy efficiency projects and transitioning from natural gas to more sustainable options like seawater exchange and electricity, with the potential integration of geothermal energy.

  • Moving forward with the construction design of an electrified central utilities plant, building upon feasibility studies for enhanced seawater pump house infrastructure.

  • Training students in critical areas such as environmental science, engineering, and policy to equip the next generation of leaders with the knowledge and skills needed for a sustainable future.

  • Implementing grid optimization strategies, such as using a large battery storage system to reduce grid demand during peak times and collaborating with the Boston Green Ribbon Commission’s Grid Modernization Working Group to ensure a smooth transition to electrification.

UMass Boston’s efforts in sustainable transportation, electrification, and environmental education underscore its position as a leader in the movement towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly future. As the university continues to break new ground in these areas, its contributions to reducing carbon emissions and promoting clean energy solutions are setting a benchmark for institutions across the nation. Join us in celebrating UMass Boston’s achievements and its ongoing commitment to a cleaner tomorrow.

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