Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.20
Liaison Denice Koljonen
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2022

STARS v2.2

Boston College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Bruce Dixon
Sustainability and Energy Specialist
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Tree Campus, Higher Education.
ISCN International Sustainable Campus Network
Menus of Change University Research Collaboration

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

The Northeast Student Sustainability Leadership organization.
FINE - Farm to Institution New England

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

The BC Dining Sustainability Director and two interns presented at the Sustainability Student Leadership Symposium. The presentation was on Epic fails in sustainability and how to make them wins.

In spring 2021 the manager for Corcoran dining hall and the student manager for the farmers market presented at a National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) conference about the success of the farmers market model. They also presented at the 2021 Northeast Farm to Institution Summit about how important the farmers market was during the pandemic on campus.

The Director of Dining and Student Sustainability Manager presented at the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) conference in June of 2021. The presentation highlighted the sustainability intern program as a tool for enhancing sustainable practices in dining services and developing students into leaders in food systems sustainability.

Link to ISCN presentation on BC Dining Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQTz0vxIwI0&t=1281s

Dining Services managers developed the following case for sustainability and shared with colleagues via FINE Farm to Institution New England and MCURC Menus of Change University Research Collaborative
Boston College Dining hosted the New England Food Vision Prize Gathering sponsored by the Henry P Kendall Foundation who's focus is supporting Food System changemakers in New England.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

The Dining Services Sustainability Manager submitted a poster at the 2019 AASHE Conference.

Dining Services received the following NACUFS (National Assoc of College & University Food Service) recognition in 2018 Gold Award for Sustainability Outreach and Education and 2020 Bronze Award for Waste Management

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

The Dining Services Director is on the steering committee of Farm & Sea to Campus Network which is part of FINE Farm to Institution New England

Associate Director of Food and Beverage as the Chair of the Culinary committee for Menus of Change University Research Collaborative

Sustainability Manager for Dining was co chair of the Education committee for the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Boston College provides ongoing support to the Weston Jesuit Order. This includes support for Energy Auditing for the City of Boston and LEED certification during construction projects.

Boston College has partnered with St. Columbkille School by providing a live video of our beehive for students to learn about the habitat of honeybees and view the beekeeper's visit.

The Office of Sustainability is on the board of curators for the Northeast Student Sustainability Leaders Organization. The organization creates a student leader symposium that provides student leaders from colleges and universities with access to professionals and other student leaders to learn about best practices in sustainability and new sustainable initiatives.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

The Sustainability Action Committee hosts regular meetings bringing all student sustainability related organizations together with Dining Services and the Office of Sustainability to collaborate on campuswide projects such as composting, Earth Week, food waste, harvest week and recycling.

The Boston College Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy: has hosted numerous Climate Constitutionalism series over the past few years that included:
- a lecture by Dr. Lisa Benjamin, Lewis & Clark Law School and a member of the Kyoto Compliance Committee, "Impacts of climate change on communities of color in the U.S. and internationally" on April 15, 2021
- a lecture and discussion with Dr. James Gustave Speth, "Alternatives to a Failed Economy" on April 22, 2021. Dr. Speth is th co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, former Dean of the Yale School of the Environment, and a leading intellect in the field.
- "Constitutional Environmentalism and Environmental Justice" lecture with Barry E. Hill on April 28, 2021. Mr Hill is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vermont Law School, and a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute, Former Director of the Office of Environmental Justice at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a leading authority on systemic environmental inequities
- A Panel discussion entitled “Frontline Perspectives from the Climate Summit,” including presentations by Jacob Werksman (Principal Adviser to EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate) and Anna Schulz (Head, International Institute for Environment and Development’s Global Climate Law, Policy and Governance Programme and adviser to LDC Group), September 26, 2019
- “Climate Change: Science, Impacts, and Solutions,” lecture by Dr. Phil Duffy, Executive Director [check], Woods Hole Research Center, February 19, 2019. Boston College Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy: Climate Constitutionalism series. September 26, 2019

In 2019/20 the Environmental Studies department hosted a Lecture Series: Answering the Call: The Science, Policy, and Ethics of the Global Climate Change Crisis (flyer of events is attached)

The Global Observatory on Pollution and Health hosted a University-wide, day-long conference, “Ethical Challenges in Global Public Health: Climate Change, Pollution, and the Health of the Poor,” Boston College.

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Beth Emery and Molly Funk contributed data from Dining Services sustainability work.
Tara Pisani-Gareau forwarded information on recent conferences and The Clough Center series.

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