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

STARS v2.2

Boston College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 4.00 Bruce Dixon
Sustainability and Energy Specialist
Facilities
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:

The following information is from Boston College's Institutional Master Plan, Chapter 10, Environmental Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change (attached above within PA-2).

Goals/Objectives:
1) Continue to promote energy conservation and installation of energy efficiency measures.
2) Pursue opportunities for onsite renewable power and cogeneration.
3) Conduct an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions on campus.
4) Develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of the existing and proposed campus footprint.
5) Conduct an inventory and condition assessment of trees on campus.

The Facilities Services Sustainable Operations Guide developed in 2015 provides guidance to Facilities Services on the best practices in sustainable maintenance. The guide covers Landscape Management, Sustainable Purchasing, Refrigerant Management, Green cleaning, Indoor Environmental Quality, Materials Management, Vehicle Use, Energy and Water use.


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Minor theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
No

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter ---
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) ---
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter ---
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability ---
SDG Accord ---
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment ---
The Talloires Declaration (TD) ---
UN Global Compact ---
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

As a Jesuit Catholic university, Boston College is guided and aligned with the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus, 2019-2029. Two of the four Universal Apostolic Preferences address issues of sustainability:
- To walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice;

- To collaborate in the care of our Common Home.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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