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Resilience Planning

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Smith College (MA)

This work initiates an inventory of good practices and introduces a theoretical framework for the assessment of resilience planning in order to guide and support institutions of higher education in ...


Fostering a Straw-Conscious University

  • Boston University (MA)

Our initiative worked to make Boston University a straw-conscious environment.
Since most recycling facilities are not equipped with the proper machinery to recycle plastic straws, we focused our campaign on ...


Boston University Earth Week

  • Boston University (MA)

In 2019 Boston University hosted its Ninth Annual Earth Week. Partnering with numerous area organizations, businesses, University departments, and student clubs, sustainability@BU put on several events to celebrate Earth ...

  • Posted April 29, 2019
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Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund

  • Boston University (MA)

BU established the Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund in 2008 with $1 million to invest in the University’s clean energy projects. On October 22, 2014, National Campus Sustainability Day, BU ...


Rising to Meet the Challenge of 100% Renewable Energy

  • Boston University (MA)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Campuses are increasingly looking to renewable energy as the most financially attractive strategy for making dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and achieving their GHG goals. The costs of ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Sustainability-themed Living and Learning Communities

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Colgate University (NY)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

As residential living and learning communities become more commonplace across higher education, a great opportunity for sustainability emerges. Join representatives from Boston University, Colgate University and Virginia Commonwealth University to ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Wrestling With the Invisibility Cloak: Catalyzing Student Action and Creating Office Recognition

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • University of Southern Maine (ME)
  • Villanova University (PA)

As sustainability officer's we often lead from behind, supporting students as a silent or invisible partner. This enables them to bring awareness to issues and take ownership over the ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Boston University's Climate Action Plan and The Public Process

  • Boston University (MA)

Boston University's Climate Action Plan provides a roadmap to address energy use and sourcing, resiliency and climate preparedness, transportation, supply chain, and waste. Moreover it recommends the creation of ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Leverage Your Renewable Energy Impact Through Emerging Avoided Emissions PPA Strategies

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)
  • WattTime (CA)

Renewable energy procurement is a critical strategy for reducing an institution's greenhouse gas emissions. However, not all renewable energy projects avoid the same amount of GHG emissions per kWh ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Environmental Analysis & Policy Major

  • Boston University (MA)

Boston University offers the Environmental Analysis & Policy (EAP) undergraduate major for students who are interested in learning about social sciences, specifically in the environmental field. This major allows students ...

  • Posted June 20, 2018
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Environmental Analysis & Policy (BA)

  • Boston University (MA)

Students in the Environmental Analysis & Policy (EAP) major are trained broadly in the social sciences with a clearly defined specialization in the environmental field. Students receive an extensive introduction ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Environmental Health (PhD)

  • Boston University (MA)

The doctoral program in environmental health provides students with specialized training and research experience in environmental and occupational epidemiology, exposure assessment, spatial epidemiology/GIS, risk assessment, and toxicology. The training ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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BA/MA in Energy & Environment

  • Boston University (MA)

The program in Energy & Environment offered through the Department of Earth & Environment combines advanced undergraduate and graduate coursework to provide students with the foundational knowledge and advanced analytical ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Sustainable Energy Minor

  • Boston University (MA)

The Minor in Sustainable Energy, open to all undergraduates, teaches students the interdisciplinary nature of energy studies. The curriculum includes the essential elements of energy from the business, economics, policy ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Campus Sustainability Month 2015 - Opportunities to Engage

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)
  • University of Alberta (AB)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)
  • Yale University (CT)
  • AASHE (PA)

October is Campus Sustainability Month! Join this webinar to learn more about this event which will provide unparalleled opportunities to engage and inspire incoming students and other campus stakeholders to ...

  • Posted March 22, 2018
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Climate Resilience Planning and Organizational Learning on Campuses and Beyond: A Comparative Study of Three Higher Education Institutions

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Smith College (MA)

Higher education institutions around the world are confronting challenges associated with climate change, and many are trying to model practices that support climate change mitigation and resilience. This work initiates ...

  • Posted Feb. 28, 2018
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Riverbank Climate Collaboration: How MIT and BU are preparing for Climate Change from Both Sides of the River

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Preparing urban university campuses for the complexities and uncertainties of new and intensifying climate risks requires aggregating diverse expertise and resources including climate science, urban planning, utility and building systems ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability Ambassadors: Modeling a Culture of Sustainability at New Student Orientation

  • Boston University (MA)

The mission of the Sustainability Ambassadors program is to motivate, inspire, and lead Boston University's efforts in supporting a culture of sustainability during new student orientation. The approach to ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Leveraging AASHE STARS for Organizational Change

  • Boston University (MA)

Boston University's Sustainability Director and sustainability@BU Intern for STARS will review their process for gathering, vetting, and reporting data for submission to STARS. STARS has allowed the University ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Barriers and Breakthroughs On the Road to Large-Scale Renewable Energy PPAs

  • Boston University (MA)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Conventional power prices are at historic lows. Yet, wind and solar power costs are still able to compete with 'brown' power. A new renewable energy trends report by the University ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Gamification and Socialization of Sustainable Habits at Boston University Using the JouleBug Mobile App

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Joulebug (NC)

This session will be an overview of the JouleBug sustainability platform, as well as a discussion of Boston University's specific experience with the platform, from both a student and ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Building a Culture of Sustainability through New Student Orientation

  • Boston University (MA)

The mission of the Sustainability Ambassadors program is to motivate, inspire, and lead Boston University's efforts in supporting a culture of sustainability during new student orientation. The approach to ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Examining Interdisciplinary Sustainability Institutes at Major Research Universities: Innovations in Cross-Campus and Cross-Disciplinary Models

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Vanderbilt University (TN)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • Brown University (RI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

This is a study of the disctintive characteristics, activities, challenges and opportunities of a specific type of sustainability institute, one that spans the many disciplines of the university and, to ...


Sustainability@BU / It's what you do.

  • Boston University (MA)

The video from Boston University highlights the impact that each student at BU has on the environment. This includes individual footprints on things like carbon, water, waste, and electricity. After ...

  • Posted May 15, 2017
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Using emoticons to encourage students to recycle

  • Boston University (MA)

Uncovering inexpensive, simple techniques to encourage students to act in a pro-environmental manner is of critical importance. Through a four-week field study at a large, environmentally focused elementary school, it ...


Scholarly motivations to conduct interdisciplinary climate change research

  • Idaho State University (ID)
  • Whitman College (WA)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Northern Illinois University (IL)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (NY)

Understanding and responding to today’s complex environmental problems requires collaboration that bridges disciplinary boundaries. As the barriers to interdisciplinary research are formidable, promoting interdisciplinary environmental research requires understanding what ...


Communication strategies: Leveraging digital media effectively & efficiently for greater engagement, relationship building, & earned news media

  • Boston University (MA)
  • New York University (NY)
  • University of Utah (UT)

Communication about institutionalizing sustainability is a key component to our efforts to inform and change behavior. Digital media, such as social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), blogging, and other online tools ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Leveraging Green Office Certification for Outreach, Engagement, Employee Education and STARS

  • Boston University (MA)
  • University of Florida (FL)
  • University of Utah (UT)

Universities and colleges across the country are working on a variety of Green Office Certification programs as ways to engage faculty, staff and students and to meet campus goals. Boston ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Engaging your community to design tomorrow's campus: resiliency, vulnerability, and adaptation

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Smith College (MA)

Scholars and practitioners have been arguing in favor of more holistic approaches to campus sustainability that would incorporate complex aspects of climate change. In order to address those multifaceted problems ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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The Power of Dialogue: The Role of Student-led Initiatives in Shaping Climate Policy

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Macalester College (MN)

On April 4, 2016, college campuses in thirty state capitals across the country engaged in simultaneous open dialogues with state officials on implementing the EPA's Clean Power Plan. While ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Student Experience Elevated: How high impact sustainability engagement raises the bar on student success

  • Boston University (MA)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Research has shown that high-impact educational experiences complement classroom learning, increase student retention and engagement, and maximize the collegiate experience. The proof of learning is no longer just a degree ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Collaborative Research to Improve Dorm Heating Performance: Improved comfort and energy efficiency

  • Boston University (MA)

A common problem observed in small dorms in winter is open windows due to overheated rooms. We present results from a study by students, facilities staff, and faculty of the ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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GreenCampusPoints Shop to Save the Planet

  • Boston University (MA)

There are 20.2 million college students in the US, which together account for over 150 billion dollars in discretionary spending each year. Imagine if for every one of those ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Professional Master’s Degree in Energy & Environment

  • Boston University (MA)

The professional master’s degree in Energy & Environment provides a professional training degree for the student with an undergraduate degree in the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities ...

  • Posted Sept. 26, 2016
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Climate Ready BU - Assessing the Campus for the Impacts of Climate Change

  • Boston University (MA)

Much of the Boston University campuses are located less than five feet above today's high tide. With projections for sea level rise a cause for concern this century, the ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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The engaged university: providing a platform for research that transforms society

  • National Science Foundation
  • USDA (IL)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)
  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Maine (ME)
  • Florida International University (FL)
  • New York University (NY)

Despite a growing recognition that the solutions to current environmental problems will be developed through collaborations between scientists and stakeholders, substantial challenges stifle such cooperation and slow the transfer of ...


Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy

  • Boston University (MA)

The Institute for Sustainable Energy is a university-wide center for research, academic program enhancement, and engagement with industry and the energy policy community.

We work with faculty in many departments ...

  • Posted March 8, 2016
  • Research Centers & Institutes
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Five-Year Evolution of Campus Sustainability Programs

  • Bentley University (MA)
  • Boston University (MA)

Many campus sustainability programs around the country are coming of age. Those programs which started between the years of 2008-2011 are reaching a critical turning point where their ability to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Best Practices for Collaborating with Student Affairs

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Colorado State University (CO)

NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, is 'the leading voice for the student affairs profession worldwide.' One critical way for NASPA members to get involved with various interest areas ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Renewable Energy Workshop: Design Your Plan

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

This is an interactive, working session that will help attendees: 1. Identify the key issues to consider re: renewable energy and their institutions, including product configurations and financing options; 2 ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Cashing in Carbon: Selling Carbon Reductions to Leverage Campus Sustainability

  • Boston University (MA)

This year, with momentum from the Chevy Campus Clean Energy Challenge, Boston University reached its 2020 goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent. Through the robust Verified ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Renewable Power of a Simple #Hashtag - Using Social Media to Build Global, Cross-Sector Relationships

  • Boston University (MA)

How do you share your message in 140 characters or less? Engaging a diverse, inclusive and wide-ranging set of stakeholders across the globe on Twitter requires social media strategy and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Preparing for Climate Change

  • Boston University (MA)

While sustainability officers have appropriately been focused on reducing their campus' impacts on climate change, few have had the opportunity to begin preparing their campuses for the impacts of climate ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Strengthening Sustainability through External Partnerships

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Through participation in the Boston Green Ribbon Commission and Cambridge Community Compact for a Sustainable Future, Boston University, Harvard University, and MIT are partnering with peers in higher education, health ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Effects of Behavioral Signage on Dormitory Recycling Rates

  • Boston University (MA)

Data shows that pairing recycling and trash containers leads to higher recycling rates. However, many older buildings do not have space for more than a trash container, especially in residential ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Food Waste Diversion and Evolution on Campus: Preparing for the Upcoming MA Organics Waste Ban

  • Boston University (MA)

Boston University Dining Services began diverting food waste in 2008. This presentation will discuss the evolution of food waste diversion on campus as well as how we are preparing for ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Changing the Campus Culture through Engagement

  • Boston University (MA)

Many sustainability programs can only be successful with the participation of our entire campus community. Sustainability outreach and awareness projects have increased exponentially since the beginning of our program in ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Third-party Certification: Overcoming Barriers and Unexpected Benefits

  • Boston University (MA)

A third-party certification lends validity and accountability to an institution's efforts and initiatives implemented with the goal of making their operations more sustainable. Third-party certification also benefits an institution ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Analysis of Actual Energy Savings for Variable Flow Fume Hoods

  • Boston University (MA)

Fume hoods are recognized as one of the major factors that result in high energy use in laboratories. To reduce their impact, many laboratories in industry and academia utilize variable-air-volume ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Toward Zero Waste: An Initiative for the Student Union

  • Boston University (MA)

Campus dining is an intimate part of student life at any university, with the potential to have a major impact on culture. Learn how Dining Services can align with the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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