Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.97
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date Aug. 2, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Boston University
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Stephen Ellis
Director, Data Analytics
BU Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Boston UniverCity: Partnering Graduate Students and Cities to Tackle Urban Environmental Challenges

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Biology Professor Pamela Templer, Earth and Environment Professor Lucy Hutyra, and Public Health Professor Jonathan Levy were awarded a “$3 million, five-year National Science Foundation Research Trainee-ship grant to prepare a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists to tackle urgent environmental problems through what is hoped will be a model graduate program for other universities”. The training model’s three components include interdisciplinary coursework in Biogeoscience, Environmental Health, and Statistics, workshops and partnerships with city governments, NGOs and private entities, and communication and outreach to communities. The objectives of this program are to “contribute to a diverse and globally competitive STEM workforce…dissemination of a new training model…communication of research results to policy-makers at multiple levels of decision-making”.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Public Engagement
Coordination & Planning

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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