Silver

STARS v2.1

Boston University

Boston, MA, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Silver 53.97 Dennis Carlberg Aug. 2, 2019 Download
Curriculum
17.55 / 40.00
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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 16 of Boston University’s 17 schools and colleges. These opportunities include a broad ... read more
Credit Status Points
Academic Courses Complete 3.47 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 0.08 / 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 2.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Research
10.95 / 18.00
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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 local, national and global ... read more
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Research and Scholarship Complete 7.95 / 12.00
Support for Research Complete 1.00 / 4.00
Open Access to Research Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Campus Engagement
13.44 / 21.00
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University sponsored co-curricular offerings help integrate sustainability into the campus culture. Boston University has developed co-curricular education programs that actively involve the student body, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Credit Status Points
Student Educators Program Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Student Orientation Complete 1.18 / 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
Assessing Sustainability Culture Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Employee Educators Program Complete 2.65 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Complete 0.61 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Public Engagement
11.87 / 20.00
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Boston University connects to the community through a broad range of sustainability-related public engagement activities; often partnering with the City of Boston and other area universities to help broaden the number of people engaged in ... read more
Credit Status Points
Community Partnerships Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 2.50 / 3.00
Continuing Education Complete 2.40 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 1.30 / 5.00
Participation in Public Policy Complete 0.67 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Air & Climate
5.76 / 11.00
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From a FY2006 baseline, by FY2018 Boston University reduced its adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user by 29.9%. This progress comes from energy efficiency, fuel switching from oil ... read more
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 4.76 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Buildings
1.45 / 8.00
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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
Credit Status Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Not Pursuing 0.00 / 5.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 1.45 / 3.00
Energy
3.19 / 10.00
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Among all of the University’s sustainability strategies, sustainability@BU views energy efficiency as the most important issue to address. The efficient use of energy reduces the University's exposure to market volatility and ongoing operating ... read more
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Building Energy Consumption Complete 3.19 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Food & Dining
2.99 / 8.00
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The Dining Services Sustainability Program makes a campus-wide effort to reduce environmental impacts by seeking out vendors that are committed to sustainable agriculture practices, and by purchasing local food. The Program is committed to pre-consumer ... read more
Credit Status Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 0.99 / 6.00
Sustainable Dining Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Grounds
0.23 / 4.00
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In keeping with BU’s commitment to sustainability, the University has introduced a number of eco-agricultural initiatives on campus, such as integrated pest management and composting yard waste

Credit Status Points
Landscape Management Complete 0.23 / 2.00
Biodiversity Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Purchasing
3.51 / 6.00
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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 are economically viable ... read more
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Sustainable Procurement Complete 1.75 / 3.00
Electronics Purchasing Complete 0.65 / 1.00
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete 0.98 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.13 / 1.00
Transportation
5.18 / 7.00
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At Boston University 97.5% of our students and 60.1% of our faculty and staff take sustainable means of transportation on a daily basis. The reason for this high rate is simple; Boston University ... read more
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Campus Fleet Complete 0.03 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.95 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 1.20 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Waste
4.27 / 10.00
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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 and Diversion Complete 3.27 / 8.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Water
3.56 / 8.00
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From a FY2006 baseline, potable water consumption per weighted campus user has been reduced by 17.45% while the campus facilities have grown. This increase in water efficiency on campus is due to efforts that ... read more
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Water Use Complete 3.06 / 6.00
Rainwater Management Complete 0.50 / 2.00
Coordination & Planning
4.50 / 8.00
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Boston University's Sustainability Committee was established in 2008 with a Steering Committee and four working groups. After developing recommendations to integrated sustainability strategies into the structure and operations of the University, and seeing them integrated ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning Complete 2.75 / 4.00
Participatory Governance Complete 0.75 / 3.00
Diversity & Affordability
8.23 / 10.00
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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
Credit Status Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 1.33 / 2.00
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete 0.50 / 1.00
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete 2.92 / 3.00
Affordability and Access Complete 3.48 / 4.00
Investment & Finance
2.40 / 7.00
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Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Complete 0.40 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Wellbeing & Work
2.36 / 7.00
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Employee Compensation Complete 0.65 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Wellness Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Complete 0.71 / 2.00
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Innovation A Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation B Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation C Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation D Complete 1.00 / 1.00

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