Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.30
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date May 31, 2024

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?:

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

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:
The BU Sustainability newsletter provides monthly updates to members of the BU community and outside BU who are interested in our programs and initiatives. It is a publication that disseminates information about current sustainability happenings on campus and in the Boston area. In addition, major updates on sustainability initiatives, programs, and events at BU are distributed to all students, faculty, and staff with a BU email address.

BU Sustainability also maintains social media platforms focused on ongoing outreach efforts with the BU community along with updates on events and programs our community can participate in.


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

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:
The Center for Computing & Data Sciences has digital signage on all occupied floors that showcase sustainability elements of the University's most sustainable building to date, including floor-by-floor waste data. In addition, there is a large interactive screen in the lobby of the building that provides live data and also informs visitors of the building's sustainability elements.

Throughout the campus, BU Sustainability displays informative Zero Waste signage on our BigBellies on all three campuses. The messaging on these waste bins focuses on BU's Zero Waste Plan and initiatives.

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 the inhabitants of the building. The LEED certified Makechnie Study Center has eight signs explaining the low-impact, local, and reclaimed materials used in construction. Behavioral signs are placed on each floor to inform employees and students about lessening their environmental impact through simple daily actions, such as taking the stairs.

Additionally, digital, touch-screen storyboards provide real-time utility data and green building features in multiple buildings.

Alan and Sherry Leventhal Center Storyboard - https://buildingos.com/s/bu/storyboard3903/
Yawkey Center Storyboard - https://buildingos.com/s/bu/storyboard3983/
Myles Standish Hall - https://buildingos.com/s/bu/storyboard3663/
Dahod Family Alumni Center Storyboard - https://buildingos.com/s/bu/storyboard3713/
BU Children's Center Storyboard - https://buildingos.com/reports/dashboards/9dbedbaeb63011eabb7302420aff3444

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

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
BU provides insider tours at the Center for Computing & Data Sciences to interested visitors of this fossil fuel-free, carbon-free building. In addition, BU provides green campus tours during events such as Friends & Family Weekend and Alumni Weekend.

The Boston University Green Campus Tour features locations within the Charles River Campus that support sustainable working, learning, and living such as LEED certified buildings, recycling drop-off locations, and the BU Sustainability office.

Charles River Campus map: https://maps.bu.edu/?id=647#!bm/?ce/28018?ct/0,51726,51950,51951,51952,51954,51956,51957,52453,52460,54584,61611?m/619516

Fenway Campus map: https://maps.bu.edu/?id=647#!ce/33295?ct/0,52028,52030,52033,52452,52454,52455,52461,61612

Medical Campus map: https://maps.bu.edu/?id=647#!ce/29681?ct/0,52029,52450,52451,52459,52462,52463,62000

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

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. Additionally, new students and their families are exposed to sustainable living options in a mock dorm room set up during summer orientation where student sustainability ambassadors highlight resources for sustainable living.


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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
This represents FY2023 BU Metrics.

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