Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.58
Liaison Dennis Carlberg
Submission Date April 26, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Boston University
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Dennis Carlberg
Associate Vice President for University Sustainability
BU Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Earth House

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The Earth House is a living learning community on the Boston University campus that offers students the opportunity to explore the various facets of sustainable living. Set within a Boston row house, members experience firsthand the challenges of making a building more energy and water efficient and how this all contributes to our ecological footprint. Residents of the house have insightful conversations about energy efficiency, personal habits that increase our impact, and the local sources of our food, water, etc. The living-learning program also encourages participants to identify what could be improved within their settings and to develop plans to enhance such issue areas. With an increased sense of surrounding and knowledge about sustainability related issues, students can begin to understand sustainability as a way of maintain what we have and preparing for the future through policy, technology, and behavioral change.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):
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A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
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Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement ---
Air & Climate ---
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Energy Yes
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Waste Yes
Water Yes
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Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
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Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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