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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Silver

STARS v1.2

Boston University

Boston, MA, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date President's Letter
Silver 51.36 Dennis Carlberg July 2, 2012 Download

Characteristics

Full-time Equivalent Enrollment 30,129
Number of Undergraduate Students 16,683
Number of Graduate Students 13,956
Full-time Equivalent Employees 8,840
Institution type Master
Institutional control Private non-profit
Endowment size 1,190,000,000
Percentage of students that are Residential Not Available
Percentage of students that are Full-time commuter Not Available
Percentage of students that are Part-time commuter Not Available
Percentage of students that are On-line only Not Available
Gross square feet of building space 14,456,569.0
Gross square feet of laboratory space Not Available
Acres of cultivated grounds 133.0
Acres of undeveloped land Not Available
Climate region Cold

Campus Features

Feature Is Present? Is Included in Report
Agricultural School No No
Medical School Yes Yes
Pharmacy School No No
Public Health Yes Yes
Veterinary School No No
Satellite No No
Hospital No No
Farm No No
Agricultural experiment station No No
Boston University has a robust Co-Curricular Education program that is integrated to include the student body, faculty, staff, and alumni. This effort begins with the University's award winning sustainability website and extends to sustainability ... read more
Credit Status Points
Student Sustainability Educators Program Not Pursuing 0.00 / 5.00
Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign Complete 5.00 / 5.00
Sustainability in New Student Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Outreach and Publications Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Student Group Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Organic Garden Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Model Room in a Residence Hall Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Themed Housing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Sustainable Enterprise Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Sustainability Events Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Outdoors Program Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Themed Semester or Year Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Students at Boston University have diverse educational opportunities related to sustainability in undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and special degree programs offered through 11 of Boston University’s 17 schools and colleges. These opportunities include a broad ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Course Identification Complete 2.00 / 3.00
Sustainability-Focused Courses Complete 1.89 / 10.00
Sustainability-Related Courses Complete 1.75 / 10.00
Sustainability Courses by Department Complete 2.94 / 7.00
Sustainability Learning Outcomes Not Pursuing 0.00 / 10.00
Undergraduate Program in Sustainability Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Graduate Program in Sustainability Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Sustainability Immersive Experience Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete 1.00 / 2.00
Incentives for Developing Sustainability Courses Not Pursuing 0.00 / 3.00
Boston University's faculty and students engage in various research projects in order to more effectively understand and interpret vast and ever-changing issues related to sustainability. Research spans multiple disciplines, focuses on national and global ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Research Identification Complete 2.00 / 3.00
Faculty Engaged in Sustainability Research Complete 3.23 / 10.00
Departments Engaged in Sustainability Research Complete 3.10 / 6.00
Sustainability Research Incentives Complete 6.00 / 6.00
Interdisciplinary Research in Tenure and Promotion Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Boston University incorporates sustainable building practices into small renovations and large construction projects alike. Building design and construction takes a broad spectrum of green building strategies into account. To accomplish this, the University uses the ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Not Pursuing 0.00 / 7.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 0.14 / 4.00
Indoor Air Quality Complete 2.00 / 2.00
In 2011 Boston University emitted 159,641 metric tonnes of CO2e from fossil fuels burned on campus to heat and cool our buildings, and from the fossil fuels burned by others to generate the necessary ... read more
Credit Status Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Complete 1.00 / 2.00
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Complete 1.44 / 14.00
Air Travel Emissions Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Local Offsets Program Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
BU buys locally to reduce fuel usage and greenhouse gas emissions. BU currently purchases everything from milk, fruit, vegetables, and meat, to seafood, coffee, tofu and pizza dough from 45 local farms and growers. The ... read more
Credit Status Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 3.36 / 6.00
Trayless Dining Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Vegan Dining Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Trans-Fats Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Guidelines for Franchisees Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting Complete 0.25 / 0.25
PostConsumer Food Waste Composting Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Food Donation Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Recycled Content Napkins Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Reusable Container Discounts Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Reusable To-Go Containers Complete 0.25 / 0.25
sustainability@BU views energy efficiency as the most important issue within the University’s sustainability efforts. The efficient use of energy reduces the University's exposure to market volatility, ongoing operating costs, and CO2 emissions ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 2.49 / 8.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 0.00 / 7.00
Timers for Temperature Control Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Lighting Sensors Complete 0.25 / 0.25
LED Lighting Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Vending Machine Sensors Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Energy Management System Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Energy Metering Complete 0.25 / 0.25

In keeping with BU’s commitment to sustainability, the University has introduced a number of eco-agricultural initiatives, such as integrated pest management, composting yard waste, and implementing organic lawn treatments.

Credit Status Points
Integrated Pest Management Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Native Plants Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Wildlife Habitat Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Tree Campus USA Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Snow and Ice Removal Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Landscape Waste Composting Complete 0.25 / 0.25
In an effort to reduce the University’s environmental footprint through the products and services it procures, Boston University first launched its Green Purchasing initiative in 2004, choosing products and services that have a smaller ... read more
Credit Status Points
Computer Purchasing Complete 0.50 / 2.00
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete 1.61 / 2.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.00 / 2.00
Vendor Code of Conduct Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Historically Underutilized Businesses Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Local Businesses Complete 0.25 / 0.25
At Boston University 92% of our students and 65% of our faculty and staff take sustainable means of transportation on a daily basis. The reason for this high rate is simple; Boston University is well ... read more
Credit Status Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.04 / 2.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 3.68 / 4.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 1.95 / 3.00
Bicycle Sharing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Facilities for Bicyclists Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Mass Transit Programs Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Condensed Work Week Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Telecommuting Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Cash-out of Parking Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Carpool Discount Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Local Housing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Prohibiting Idling Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Car Sharing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Boston University began work to improve the University’s waste and recycling efforts in 2006 with a waste audit conducted on the Charles River Campus. The audit revealed a recycling rate of 4% for the ... read more
Credit Status Points
Waste Reduction Complete 1.60 / 5.00
Waste Diversion Complete 0.94 / 3.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Electronic Waste Recycling Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Materials Exchange Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Limiting Printing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Materials Online Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Chemical Reuse Inventory Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Move-In Waste Reduction Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Move-Out Waste Reduction Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Concerted efforts to reduce water consumption on campus have been ongoing for two decades. On the Charles River Campus, water consumption has dropped 27% or 38% per capita since 1991 and 9% or 13% per ... read more
Credit Status Points
Water Consumption Complete 2.28 / 7.00
Stormwater Management Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Waterless Urinals Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Building Water Metering Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Non-Potable Water Usage Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Xeriscaping Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Weather-Informed Irrigation Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Boston University’s Sustainability Committee and its four working groups provide the structure for the University’s sustainability program including sustainability@BU, the University’s sustainability office. This program provides a means to lead the ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Strategic Plan Complete 6.00 / 6.00
Physical Campus Plan Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Sustainability Plan Not Pursuing 0.00 / 3.00
Climate Action Plan Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Boston University awards millions of dollars in need-based grants and merit awards to incoming students annually. The Equal Opportunity Office works to promote and realize Boston University’s commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action ... read more
Credit Status Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Measuring Campus Diversity Culture Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Support Programs for Future Faculty Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Affordability and Access Programs Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Gender Neutral Housing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Employee Training Opportunities Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Student Training Opportunities Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Credit Status Points
Sustainable Compensation Complete 6.04 / 8.00
Employee Satisfaction Evaluation Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Staff Professional Development in Sustainability Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability in New Employee Orientation Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Employee Sustainability Educators Program Complete 5.00 / 5.00
Childcare Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Employee Wellness Program Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Socially Responsible Retirement Plan Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Credit Status Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Shareholder Advocacy Complete 5.00 / 5.00
Positive Sustainability Investments Complete 0.51 / 9.00
Student-Managed Sustainable Investment Fund Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Sustainable Investment Policy Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25

Boston University connects to the community through a broad range of public engagement activities often partnering with the City of Boston and other area universities.

Credit Status Points
Community Sustainability Partnerships Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration on Sustainability Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability in Continuing Education Complete 5.83 / 7.00
Community Service Participation Complete 1.02 / 6.00
Community Service Hours Complete 1.48 / 6.00
Sustainability Policy Advocacy Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 2.00 / 4.00
Graduation Pledge Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Community Service on Transcripts Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Farmers' Market Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Credit Status Points
Innovation 1 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 2 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 3 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 4 Complete 1.00 / 1.00

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