STARS v2.0

Boston University

Boston, MA, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Expired Expired Dennis Carlberg Nov. 25, 2014 Download
Students at Boston University have diverse educational opportunities related to sustainability in undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and special degree programs offered through 12 of Boston University’s 16 schools and colleges. These opportunities include a broad ... read more
Credit Status
Academic Courses Complete
Learning Outcomes Complete
Undergraduate Program Complete
Graduate Program Complete
Immersive Experience Complete
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete
Incentives for Developing Courses Not Pursuing
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete
Boston University's faculty and students engage in various research projects in order to more effectively understand and interpret vast and ever-changing issues related to sustainability. Research spans multiple disciplines, focuses on national and global ... read more
Credit Status
Academic Research Complete
Support for Research Complete
Access to Research Not Pursuing

Boston University connects to the community through a broad range of public engagement activities often partnering with the City of Boston and other area universities.

Credit Status
Community Partnerships Complete
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete
Continuing Education Complete
Community Service Complete
Community Stakeholder Engagement Complete
Participation in Public Policy Complete
Trademark Licensing Complete
Hospital Network Not Applicable
In 2014 Boston University emitted 122,000 metric tonnes of CO2e from fossil fuels burned on campus to heat and cool our buildings, and from the fossil fuels burned by others to generate the necessary ... read more
Credit Status
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete
Outdoor Air Quality Complete
Boston University incorporates sustainable building practices into small renovations and large construction projects alike. Building design and construction takes a broad spectrum of green building strategies into account. To accomplish this, the University uses the ... read more
Credit Status
Building Operations and Maintenance Not Pursuing
Building Design and Construction Complete
Indoor Air Quality Complete
BU buys locally to reduce fuel usage and greenhouse gas emissions. BU currently purchases everything from dairy, fruits and vegetables, Certified Humane chicken, grass-fed ground beef and burgers from Maine Family Farms, VT organic tofu ... read more
Credit Status
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete
Low Impact Dining Complete
sustainability@BU views energy efficiency as the most important issue within the University’s sustainability efforts. The efficient use of energy reduces the University's exposure to market volatility, ongoing operating costs, and CO2 emissions ... read more
Credit Status
Building Energy Consumption Complete
Clean and Renewable Energy Not Pursuing

In keeping with BU’s commitment to sustainability, the University has introduced a number of eco-agricultural initiatives, such as integrated pest management, composting yard waste, and implementing organic lawn treatments.

Credit Status
Landscape Management Complete
Biodiversity Not Pursuing
In an effort to reduce the University’s environmental footprint through the products and services it procures, Boston University first launched its Green Purchasing initiative in 2004, choosing products and services that have a smaller ... read more
Credit Status
Electronics Purchasing Complete
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete
Office Paper Purchasing Complete
Inclusive and Local Purchasing Complete
Life Cycle Cost Analysis Not Pursuing
Guidelines for Business Partners Complete
At Boston University 96.5% of our students and 52% of our faculty and staff take sustainable means of transportation on a daily basis. The reason for this high rate is simple; Boston University is ... read more
Credit Status
Campus Fleet Complete
Student Commute Modal Split Complete
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete
Boston University began work to improve the University’s waste and recycling efforts in 2006 with a waste audit conducted on the Charles River Campus. The audit revealed a recycling rate of 4% for the ... read more
Credit Status
Waste Minimization Complete
Waste Diversion Complete
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Not Pursuing
Hazardous Waste Management Complete
Credit Status
Water Use Complete
Rainwater Management Complete
Wastewater Management Not Pursuing
Boston University’s Sustainability Committee and its four working groups provide the structure for the University’s sustainability program including sustainability@BU, the University’s sustainability office. This program provides a means to lead the ... read more
Credit Status
Sustainability Coordination Complete
Sustainability Planning Not Pursuing
Governance Complete
Boston University awards millions of dollars in need-based grants and merit awards to incoming students annually. We strive to ensure that equal opportunity is a reality at Boston University, that our faculty, staff, and students ... read more
Credit Status
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete
Assessing Diversity and Equity Not Pursuing
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete
Support for Future Faculty Diversity Not Pursuing
Affordability and Access Complete
Credit Status
Innovation 1 Complete
Innovation 2 Complete
Innovation 3 Complete
Innovation 4 Not Pursuing

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