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

STARS v2.2

Boston University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Dennis Carlberg
Associate Vice President for University Sustainability
BU Sustainability
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
The University Climate Change Coalition (UC3)
The Society of College and University Planning (SCUP)
The Urban Land Institute (ULI)
The US Green Building Council (USGBC)
The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)
The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC)

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Boston Green Ribbon Commission
The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)
The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC)
The Sustainability Student Leaders Symposium (SSLS)

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

AASHE CONFERENCE, OCT 2019 Presentations

1) Topic: Sustainability-themed Living and Learning Communities

Description: As residential living and learning communities become more commonplace across higher education, a great opportunity for sustainability emerges. Join representatives from Boston University, Colgate University and Virginia Commonwealth University to hear strategies implemented, goals met and lessons learned regarding sustainability-infused residential communities. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own programs and engage in lively discussions.

URL: https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/22728/Leveraging-Institutional-Buying-Power-for-Sustainable-Procurement-A-Strategizing-Session

2) Topic: "Living Labs" that Integrate Sustainability Education, Community Engagement & Workforce Development

Description: A growing number of sustainability-related internships, practicum and fellowship opportunities are available, and increasingly, such programs are also working explicitly to integrate with community sustainability efforts, becoming network hubs and connectors for work in their cities, states and regions while placing students with partners in those networks to do projects. This mutually beneficial model presents opportunity for local and regional economic development and alignment around regional sustainability plans and visions. It brings new capacity not only to solve problems in the short-term-embodying the sustainability pillar of economic responsibility providing cross-sector organizations with added capacity without breaking the bank-but also to build long-term sustainability-informed professional capacity across many industries and sectors. Of course, no one-size-fits-all model will work for all institutions. This session will feature a panel of presenters from three different campuses who, through the experience of building such programs, have gained perspective on some key ingredients: i.e., curating projects as part of an integrated narrative about leadership and connection to place; utilizing an explicitly pedagogical and reflective framework; and scaffolding all of these components with high-quality mentorship and high-impact networks. Participants will come away with a framework they can use to offer this sort of community-based experiential sustainability education, informed by the range of the presenters' (very varied) programs; from how to fund and manage the programs, identify projects and partners, professionally cultivate and connect program participants and alumni, and communicate about the need for and benefits of such programs to a range of stakeholders.

URL: https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/22564/Living-Labs-that-Integrate-Sustainability-Education-Community-Engagement-Workforce-Development

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Boston Green Ribbon Commission
Sustainability Student Leaders Symposium Board of Curators

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

BU Dining Services collaborates with sustainability managers and stewards from across the country, through the Aramark Higher Education Sustainability network. Through regular conference calls, meetings, conferences and general collaboration, best practices, challenges and idea sharing are exchanged.

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

This represents FY2020 BU Metrics.

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