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

STARS v2.2

Boston University
OP-19: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.61 / 1.00 Gabrielle Brewer
Sustainability Analyst
BU Sustainability
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Construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered:
2,216.47 Tons

Construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated:
1,391.44 Tons

Percentage of construction and demolition materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator through recycling, donation and/or other forms of recovery:
61.43

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate for construction and demolition waste:

Boston University requires that all new major capital projects (Projects with costs greater than $15M) meet LEED gold standards or higher, thus all major project's C&D waste is required to meet at least a 50% diversion. The statewide average for non-LEED construction debris diversion is 30%. The University’s total (major and non-major) estimated LEED and non-LEED combined construction debris diversion rate is 56%. Additionally, in Massachusetts, all construction waste is required to go to a C&D processing plant where it gets sorted and properly diverted. There is a state-wide waste ban on construction and demolition which includes the following materials: asphalt pavement, brick, concrete, metal and wood.


Website URL where information about the institution’s C&D waste diversion efforts is available:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

These numbers represent FY2023 BU metrics. The numbers are representative of C&D waste from all major Construction projects in FY2023, both of which were LEED Gold or Platinum certified. On a (non-major) project by project basis, the University typically maintains a waste diversion rate of 75% to 85%, however the University's total construction and demolition debris removal rates for all non-major capital projects are not yet completely tracked.


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