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

STARS v2.2

Boston University
IN-47: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Stephen Ellis
Director, Data Analytics
BU Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
The Questrom $50k Sustainability Case Study Competition

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In line with Boston University Questrom School of Business’ mission to offer exceptional learning opportunities rooted in a strong emphasis on creating value for the world, it hosts a sustainability-themed case competition with one of the largest cash prizes – $50K – among events of this type around the world. The Questrom $50K Sustainability Case Competition asks interdisciplinary / cross-program student teams, to grapple with and develop solutions for real-life sustainability challenges. The overarching theme of the case competition is on Sustainability, with the following objectives: a) Seek to solve a current real-world problem b) Develop solutions that will be commercially and practically viable to build and implement, and ultimately generate a profit and/or support further sustainability initiatives (i.e., analyze and recommend direction amongst multiple strategic choices a company is considering in real-time). The competition theme changes every year, and this year's focus was on the changes to Massachusetts's composting law. This past year, the winners of the Questrom $50k Sustainability Case Study Competition were Rachel DiGiammarino, Matthew Sacchi, Jennifer Hernandez, Jillian Garner, Olivia Curreri, MBA students from Suffolk University. Their project posed a solution to the high amount of waste associated with "Allston Christmas," the day when the majority of leases in Boston turn over, and tenants end up leaving tons of furniture and other household items out on the curb, that the city has to dispose of. The team stood out with their focus on creating lasting behavior change among Boston residents.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Additional Information:

The Questrom $50k Sustainability Case Study Competition: https://languageofbusiness.biz/2023/07/27/the-next-50k-sustainability-case-competition-doubles-number-of-participating-schools/

Information about November 2022 competition winners: https://www.suffolk.edu/news-features/news/2022/11/16/18/35/bu-competition

This represents BU FY2023 metrics.

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