Aided by Boston University Sustainability, more than 1.5 million pounds of surplus furniture and equipment have been provided to charities since 2002 from BU. Last month, as part of its Earth Week observances, BU hosted IRN – The Institutional Recycling Network and Food For The Poor (FFTP), who have been partners with Boston University.
Through its partnerships, Boston University has recovered more than 525,000 pounds of surplus in 2011 alone and distributed among relief projects in more than a dozen countries including Africa, Asia and the Caribbean Basin. The University’s surplus program has kept more than 400,000 pounds of BU surplus out of the trash including furniture and equipment. Given the success of the program since its inception nearly twelve years ago, BU is now recognized as a leader nationwide in surplus property reuse. In addition to IRN and FFTP, BU works with Boston area nonprofits as much as it can to keep surplus local.
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BU’s Alumni Association is kicking off its brand new learning program BU Alumni College this summer. Alumni College is a stand-alone program designed to empower alumni through immersive educational experiences.
The inaugural Alumni College is called Sustainability in the City, which involves learning experiences where expert faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences will address critical and practical sustainability questions by way of lectures, field trips, lab experiences and classroom discussions. Other events include a trip to the New England Aquarium and a Sunset Harbor Cruise.
Registration for on-campus housing ends TODAY, May 27, and regular registration ends June 3.
sustainability@BU is teaming up with Goodwill Industries to supply the BU community with 16 donation bins across the Charles River Campus taking clothes, shoes, linens, towels, kitchen ware and small appliances (full list). In 2009, BU saved 6.75 tons of reusable items during move-out. In 2010, after partnering with Goodwill Industries, BU diverted 35.24 tons of clothing and household items from landfills. This year, the goal is 70 tons of donations between April 25th and May 26th. Contact sustainability@BU with questions.
The Boston University Dean of Students office is teaming up with the Boston Red Sox for another year with the Green Team — collecting recyclables between innings to help with sustainability efforts at Fenway. Learn more about the BU Green Team on the Dean of Students website.
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