Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.63
Liaison Dennis Carlberg
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2011
Executive Letter Download

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Boston University
PAE-2: Strategic Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.00 / 6.00 Dennis Carlberg
Associate Vice President for University Sustainability
BU Sustainability
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Year the strategic plan or equivalent was completed or adopted:
2,007

Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the environmental dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the environmental dimensions of sustainability:

The following are excerpts from the Strategic Plan's set of 10 commitments:

8. A commitment to aligning our policies, processes, services, operations, and the development of our campus with our values.

Even as our campus grows upward and outward, we will decrease our environmental “footprint.” We intend to focus on conserving energy and decreasing greenhouse-gas emissions in all of our operations.


Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the social dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the social dimensions of sustainability:

6. A commitment to strengthening and expanding the University’s connections to Boston and the world.

Just as we strive to give our students the context and experiences to function in our truly global society as responsible citizens, the University will continue to work to be institutionally responsible as a steward of our environment by putting in place programs of infrastructure renovation and usage that will conserve energy and minimize our emission of greenhouse gases. Much of this effort will be transparent as we renew our buildings.


Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the economic dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the economic dimensions of sustainability:

9. A commitment to aligning operating budgets, capital plans, and fundraising with the academic mission and the strategic plan.

We can and will be systematic and proactive when it comes to budgeting, planning, and seeking outside support. Our annual budgeting must reflect our overriding institutional priorities, while leaving room for new initiatives.Our capital planning also must reflect those priorities, and allow not only for the sustainable renewal of our existing campus, but also for the gradual implementation of our long-term campus master plan.


The website URL where information about the strategic plan is available:

The point of departure for Boston University’s journey into the future is the set of ten “commitments” that were recently embraced through the University’s 2005–2007 strategic planning process. They grow directly out of our traditions and our values. They reflect our strengths and weaknesses and guide us toward future opportunities. Three of the ten commitments address issues of sustainability.

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