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

STARS v2.2

Boston University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Dennis Carlberg
Associate Vice President for 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 (GRC)

  • 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):

"BU Sustainability and Climate Action Plan" | Technical University of Madrid | July 2022 "SCUP A Practical Approach To Carbon Neutral Master Planning" | SCUP Annual Conference | July 2022 "BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE: SMART BUILDINGS & SUSTAINABILITY" | Bisnow | September 2022 "Next Generation of Carbon-Free Energy Procurement" | VERGE | October 2022 "A Practical Approach to Carbon Neutral Master Planning" | SCUP North Atlantic Conference | March 2023 "The Economic Impacts of Climate Change in New England featuring U.S. Senator Ed Markey" | The New England Council | May 2023

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):

Ruth Silman Climate Change Project of the Year hosted by Environmental Business Council of New England in Feburary 2023 The EBC Ruth H. Silman Award for Climate Change Project of the Year is awarded to Boston University’s Center for Computing & Data Sciences. At 345,000 square feet, the Center is Boston’s largest fossil-fuel free building, integrating an incredible array of climate-resilient and efficiency features into its design. Award Project: Boston University’s Center for Computing & Data Sciences Award Recipients: Boston University, Haley & Aldrich, Inc., WSP, Fort Point Associates, A Tetra Tech Company, AECOM Technical Services, Inc., KPMB Architects, BR+A Consulting Engineers, Transsolar KlimaEngineering, The Green Engineer, Inc., Entuitive, LeMessurier, Nitsch Engineering, The Vertex Companies, LLC, Suffolk

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):

AASHE Conference 2023 Committee AASHE STARS Steering Committee Boston Green Ribbon Commission City of Boston Building Emissions Reduction Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO 2.0) Review Board Intersectional Climate Action Leaders Working Group 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:

Through the Green Ribbon Commission Higher Education Working Group, BU along with other local institutions and professional organizations mentors the development of climate action plans. Through a year long process we support institutions developing their plans through monthly meetings of the Higher Education CAP Cohort. This also provides knowledge exchange with the GRC Cultural Institution Working Group.

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:

Our Director of Data Analytics has been a reviewer of the data collection for STARS for Tufts University and Northeastern University in the past three years.

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

This represents FY2023 BU Metrics.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.