Silver

STARS v2.0

Boston University

Boston, MA, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Silver 53.74 Dennis Carlberg March 1, 2016 Download
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
Credit Status Points
Academic Courses Complete 2.92 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 1.49 / 8.00
Undergraduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Graduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Immersive Experience Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete 2.80 / 4.00
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 Points
Academic Research Complete 7.96 / 12.00
Support for Research Complete 3.00 / 4.00
Access to Research Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Student Educators Program Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Student Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Student Life Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Campaign Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Employee Educators Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Complete 0.40 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Complete 2.00 / 2.00

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 Points
Community Partnerships Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Continuing Education Complete 4.14 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 0.79 / 5.00
Community Stakeholder Engagement Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Participation in Public Policy Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Hospital Network Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
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
Credit Status Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 4.62 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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 Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 0.86 / 3.00
Indoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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 Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 0.92 / 4.00
Low Impact Dining Complete 1.73 / 3.00
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 Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 1.98 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00

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 Points
Landscape Management Complete 1.03 / 2.00
Biodiversity Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
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 Points
Electronics Purchasing Complete 0.00 / 1.00
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete 0.96 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.39 / 1.00
Inclusive and Local Purchasing Complete 0.31 / 1.00
Life Cycle Cost Analysis Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Guidelines for Business Partners Complete 0.00 / 1.00
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
Credit Status Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.04 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.92 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 1.04 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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 Points
Waste Minimization Complete 1.21 / 5.00
Waste Diversion Complete 1.18 / 3.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Water Use Complete 2.16 / 5.00
Rainwater Management Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Wastewater Management Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
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
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning Complete 0.67 / 4.00
Governance Complete 1.60 / 3.00
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 Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 1.00 / 2.00
Assessing Diversity and Equity Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Support for Future Faculty Diversity Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Affordability and Access Complete 1.48 / 4.00
Credit Status Points
Employee Compensation Complete 1.33 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Wellness Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Complete 1.21 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Complete 0.37 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Innovation 1 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 2 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 3 Not Started 0.00 / 1.00
Innovation 4 Not Started 0.00 / 1.00

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