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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 v2.0

Boston University

Boston, MA, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Silver 55.58 Dennis Carlberg April 26, 2017 Download
Students at Boston University have diverse educational opportunities related to sustainability in undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and special degree programs offered through 13 of Boston University’s 17 schools and colleges. These opportunities include a broad ... read more
Credit Status Points
Academic Courses Complete 3.87 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 0.08 / 8.00
Undergraduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Graduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Immersive Experience Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete 2.80 / 4.00
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 local, national and ... read more
Credit Status Points
Academic Research Complete 7.90 / 12.00
Support for Research Complete 1.00 / 4.00
Access to Research Complete 2.00 / 2.00

University sponsored co-curricular offerings help integrate sustainability into the campus culture. Boston University has developed co-curricular education programs that actively involve the student body, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Credit Status Points
Student Educators Program Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Student Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Student Life Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Campaign Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Employee Educators Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Complete 0.60 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Boston University connects to the community through a broad range of sustainability-related public engagement activities, often partnering with the City of Boston and other area universities to help broaden the number of people engaged in ... read more
Credit Status Points
Community Partnerships Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Continuing Education Complete 3.86 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 0.76 / 5.00
Community Stakeholder Engagement Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Participation in Public Policy Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Hospital Network Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
From a FY2006 baseline, by FY2016 Boston University reduced its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 25%. This progress comes from energy efficiency, fuel switching from oil to natural gas, and from the New ... read more
Credit Status Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 4.41 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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 / 4.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 1.39 / 3.00
Indoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
The Dining Services Sustainability Program makes a campus-wide effort to reduce environmental impacts by seeking out vendors that are committed to sustainable agriculture practices, and by purchasing local food. The Program is committed to pre-consumer ... read more
Credit Status Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 0.97 / 4.00
Low Impact Dining Complete 1.80 / 3.00
Among all of the University’s sustainability strategies, sustainability@BU views energy efficiency as the most important issue to address. The efficient use of energy reduces the University's exposure to market volatility and ongoing ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 2.25 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00

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

Credit Status Points
Landscape Management Complete 1.03 / 2.00
Biodiversity Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
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
Electronics Purchasing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete 0.97 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.37 / 1.00
Inclusive and Local Purchasing Complete 0.31 / 1.00
Life Cycle Cost Analysis Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Guidelines for Business Partners Complete 0.00 / 1.00
At Boston University 96.5% of our students and 53% 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 ... read more
Credit Status Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.03 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.93 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 1.04 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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 Minimization Complete 1.85 / 5.00
Waste Diversion Complete 1.10 / 3.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
From a FY2006 baseline, water consumption has been reduced by 6% while the campus facilities have grown. This increase in water efficiency on campus is due to efforts that include tray-less dining saving 35,000 ... read more
Credit Status Points
Water Use Complete 2.06 / 5.00
Rainwater Management Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Wastewater Management Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Boston University's Sustainability Committee was established in 2008 with a Steering Committee and four working groups. After developing recommendations to integrated sustainability strategies into the structure and operations of the University, and seeing them ... read more
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning Complete 0.67 / 4.00
Governance Complete 1.80 / 3.00
Boston University awards millions of dollars in need-based grants and merit awards to incoming students annually. We strive to ensure that equal opportunity is a reality at Boston University, that our faculty, staff, and students ... read more
Credit Status Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 1.00 / 2.00
Assessing Diversity and Equity Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Support for Future Faculty Diversity Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Affordability and Access Complete 2.87 / 4.00
Credit Status Points
Employee Compensation Complete 1.33 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Wellness Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Complete 0.74 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Complete 0.40 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
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

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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.