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

STARS v2.2

Boston University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.50 / 4.00 Dennis Carlberg
Associate Vice President for University Sustainability
BU Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:

The Climate Action Plan includes the creation of an academic Initiative on Climate Change and Sustainability to integrate these subjects into the education and research missions of the University: http://www.bu.edu/climateactionplan/


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Key Performance Indicators developed in the Climate Action Plan include formalizing the use of the campus as a living learning laboratory for climate change and sustainability, integration of the CAP into the University's Strategic Plan (a process launched currently underway), providing community-wide training, and improvements to sustainability communications and outreach: http://www.bu.edu/climateactionplan/files/2017/09/Community_engagement_2017-09-201.pdf


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:
Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Major theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

At its December 2017 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a bold Climate Action Plan to prepare the campuses for the impacts from climate change and sets a goal to reduce emissions from operations to net zero by 2040. The first major step to achieve this goal is BU Wind, a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to match this University’s electricity demand with 100% renewable energy. This project, when complete in 2020 will reduce the University’s emissions by 53%.


The institution’s definition of sustainability:

N/A


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability No
SDG Accord No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

UC3:
On the heels of the adoption of a bold BU Climate Action Plan, Boston University accepted the invitation to join the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3). Launched in February 2018, UC3 is a coalition of Tier 1 research universities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico that champions a model for mobilizing resources to accelerate climate action in collaboration with cities, businesses, and each other. By becoming part of UC3, BU has joined other top-tier research institutions, like Arizona State University, University of Maryland, and The University of California, who are the forefront of progressive and comprehensive climate action.

American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge:
In 2015, weeks before the historic agreement on climate change was signed at COP21 in Paris, Boston University was represented at the White House by Andrew Cho (CAS’16), student body president, and sustainability@BU intern Lindsey Chew (Questrom’16) to affirm our commitment to address climate change through the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge.

We Are Still In:
We have joined Mayor Walsh and now over 3,500 mayors, college and university leaders, governors, businesses, and investors that intend to continue to support the climate action necessary to meet the Paris Agreement and say that we are still in. For its part in the Paris Agreement, the US committed it would reduce emissions from 2005 levels 26 to 28 percent by 2025. At BU, we are well on our way to meeting the commitments in the University’s Climate Action Plan to achieve net carbon neutrality for its operations by 2040.
https://www.bu.edu/sustainability/about/


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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