STARS v2.0

Boston University

Boston, MA, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Silver - expired 53.74 Dennis Carlberg March 1, 2016 Download
Curriculum
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Students at Boston University have diverse educational opportunities related to sustainability in undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and special degree programs offered through 13 of Boston University’s 17 schools and colleges. These opportunities include a broad ... read more
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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
Research
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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 scales ... read more
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Academic Research Complete
Support for Research Complete
Access to Research Complete
Campus Engagement
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Public Engagement
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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.

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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 Pursuing
Air & Climate
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In 2015 Boston University emitted 128,000 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
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete
Outdoor Air Quality Complete
Buildings
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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
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Building Operations and Maintenance Not Pursuing
Building Design and Construction Complete
Indoor Air Quality Complete
Dining Services
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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
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Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete
Low Impact Dining Complete
Energy
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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, which ... read more
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Building Energy Consumption Complete
Clean and Renewable Energy Not Pursuing
Grounds
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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.

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Landscape Management Complete
Biodiversity Not Pursuing
Purchasing
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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
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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
Transportation
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At Boston University 96% 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 well ... read more
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Campus Fleet Complete
Student Commute Modal Split Complete
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete
Waste
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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
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Waste Minimization Complete
Waste Diversion Complete
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Not Pursuing
Hazardous Waste Management Complete
Water
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Water Use Complete
Rainwater Management Complete
Wastewater Management Not Pursuing
Coordination, Planning & Governance
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Boston University’s Sustainability Committee and its four working groups provided the initial structure for the University’s sustainability program including sustainability@BU, the University’s sustainability office. This program provides a means to lead ... read more
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Sustainability Coordination Complete
Sustainability Planning Complete
Governance Complete
Diversity & Affordability
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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
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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
Health, Wellbeing & Work
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Investment
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Innovation 1 Complete
Innovation 2 Complete
Innovation 3 Not Started
Innovation 4 Not Started

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