Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.67
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date Oct. 7, 2021

STARS v2.2

Boston University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Lisa Tornatore
Sustainability Director
BU Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:
Yes

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The BU Sustainability newsletter is distributed to all students, faculty, staff with a BU email address, and anyone else who chooses to subscribe on the sustainability website. It is a publication that disseminates information about current sustainability happenings on campus and in the Boston area.

BU Sustainability also maintains social media platforms focused on ongoing outreach efforts with the BU community.

http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/email-signup/
https://www.facebook.com/BUsustainability
https://twitter.com/sustainableBU
http://instagram.com/sustainablebu


Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

Sargent College, the School of Social Work, and the College of General Studies have teamed up with BU Sustainability to create informational and behavioral signage for inhabitants of the building. The LEED certified Makechnie Study Lounge has eight signs explaining the low impact, local, and reclaimed materials used in construction. Behavioral signs are placed on each floor in order to inform employees and students about lessening their environmental impact through simple daily actions, such as taking the stairs. Additionally, digital, touch-screen building dashboards in the Leventhal Center (Admissions) and the Yawkey Center for Student Services provide real time utility data and green building features.

http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/how-to/green-office-certification/
https://buildingos.com/s/bu/storyboard3983/?chapterId=22943
https://buildingos.com/s/bu/storyboard3903/?chapterId=22363


Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The Boston University Green Campus Tour features locations within the Charles River Campus that support sustainable working, learning, and living such as energy efficient building retrofits, the campus’s first geothermal building, and a bicycle-powered office that runs off of the grid. The walking tour, hosted by student Sustainability Ambassadors, is available for parents and families of incoming students during summer orientation and the virtual tour is always available with podcasts on the BU Sustainability website.

Charles River Campus map: https://maps.bu.edu/?id=647#!ce/51726?ct/
Fenway Campus map: https://maps.bu.edu/?id=647#!ce/52028?ct/
Medical Campus map: https://maps.bu.edu/?id=647#!ce/52029?ct/


Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The Green Room Guide provides suggestions for living more sustainably in dorms as well as offices and classrooms. Information about best practices can be found on the BU Sustainability website. Additionally, new students and their families are exposed to sustainable living options in a mock dorm room set up during summer orientation were student sustainability ambassadors highlight resources for sustainable living.

http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/how-to/green-your-dorm/


A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

Occupancy brochures have been produced and distributed to employees in CILSE (Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering) and Booth Theatre, to help familiarize employees with new green building features, such as energy efficiency, water efficiency, and engagement.

http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/projects/rajen-kilachand-center-for-integrated-life-sciences-engineering/
http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/projects/joan-edgar-booth-theatre-and-college-of-fine-arts-production-center/


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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