Category: Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips talks to Free Press about Massachusetts gas leaks

November 19th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Interviews, Nathan Phillips, News, Nov-18, Sept-18

In an interview with the BU Daily Free Press, Professor Nathan Phillips described his work leading rehabilitation efforts in the Merrimack Valley, in the wake of the September gas explosions. In collaboration with local climate advocacy nonprofits, Phillips has raised more than $14,000 through a GoFundMe page he started. As of October 22, he has helped deliver 598 induction cooktops — which are electrically powered stove tops that cook more efficiently than gas ones and run without the risk of leaks, according to Phillips — to households still without heat or hot water. “If this traumatic event is not parlayed into lasting change and improvement, that would be crushing,” Phillips said. “We can’t just go back to normal status quo as if nothing happened — we need to learn from it.” Click to read the full article.

Professor Nathan Phillips discusses recent gas leaks in Merrick Valley

September 25th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Nathan Phillips, News, Sept-18

Professor Nathan Phillips recently spoke with BU Today about the gas leaks and explosions in Merrimack Valley. “Piecing together information from a press briefing, it appears that a routine removal of a pipe from the aging, leaking pipeline system was done without first removing a pressure sensor on that old pipe that had regulated how much gas to feed,” he said.

Read more about the disaster and the response at BU Today.

Don’t miss the Natural Gas Infrastructure & Public Health webcast!

January 26th, 2018 in 2018, Department Seminars, Events, Faculty, Graduate students, Jan-18, Nathan Phillips, News

Professor Nathan Phillips and PhD student Jessica Wright, in coordination with the BU School of Public Health, among others, have been organizing a day-long conference entitled Natural Gas Infrastructure and Public Health: From Local to Global.

Tune in Tuesday at 10AM and all day for a live webcast of the event!

Video forthcoming and will be linked from this page – stay tuned.


BU commits to net zero by 2040

December 8th, 2017 in 2017, Anthony Janetos, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, News, Robert Kaufmann

BU trustees have approved an aggressive climate action plan that aims to reduce direct emissions to zero on BU’s campuses by 2040, make buildings more energy-efficient and resilient to flooding, and shifts away from fossil fuels to wind and solar sources. The recommendations were made by the BU Climate Action Task Force, chaired by Earth & Environment Professor Anthony Janetos, joined by EAP major Bridget Baker, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, Professor Robert Kaufmann, Professor Nathan Phillips, and Adjunct Assistant Professor/Director of Sustainability Dennis Carlberg. Click to read the full announcement.

Boston Students Unite for Climate Action on Wednesday April 12

April 10th, 2017 in 2017, Apr-17, Events, Faculty, Meeting, Nathan Phillips, News, Talks

Wednesday, April 12, 7-9pm, Emerson College

Bright Screening Room, Paramount Center, 559 Washington St.

Boston University Environmental Student Organization (ESO) is partnering up with a non-profit called #PutAPriceOnIt that is attempting to get carbon pricing in a few major cities, including Boston. The event will consist of a screening of an episode from the documentary series called Years of Living Dangerously and a panel/Q&A about carbon pricing in Boston.

Currently, the panel consists of one of Senator Mike Barrett‘s staff members, a member from the Climate Action Business Association, and Professor Nathan Phillips.

Click to download the flyer.

A Note from Dean Cudd: Tackling the Global Challenge of Climate Change

December 6th, 2016 in 2016, Anne Short, Anthony Janetos, Dec-16, Faculty, Ian Sue Wing, Lucy Hutyra, Michael Dietze, Nathan Phillips, News

“There is no doubt among the world’s scientists (including BU’s) that anthropogenic climate change is underway,” Ann E. Cudd, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, recently wrote to the university community, “which if it continues at the current rate will radically alter the shape of the world’s landmass and the nature of its ecosystems”

Click here to Dean Cudd’s full note, including her description of work done by Earth & Environment faculty members.

Professor Anthony Janetos to chair University’s Climate Action Plan Task Force

November 1st, 2016 in 2016, Anthony Janetos, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, News, Oct-16, Robert Kaufmann

BU President Robert A. Brown has selected Anthony Janetos, Earth & Environment Professor and Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, to chair BU’s Climate Action Plan Task Force. Joining Dr. Janetos on the task force are Earth & Environment Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, Professor Robert Kaufmann, and Professor Nathan Phillips.

The task force is charged with developing a plan to include not only operational measures to reduce the University’s greenhouse gas emissions and energy use but also methods for incorporating research and educational components in line with the University’s mission and strategic plan.

Professors Suchi Gopal and Nathan Phillips join Open Science forum

October 25th, 2016 in Faculty, Nathan Phillips, News, Oct-16, Presentations, Suchi Gopal, Talks

As part of BU’s Open Access Week, Professors Gopal and Phillips will join representatives from the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Department of Computer Science for “Open Science at BU: Success Stories.”

Faculty across BU and in a variety of disciplines have embraced open methods in their research to address pressing societal questions and advance scholarship. The movement to open science has included initiatives such as publishing open research, creating open source software, and supporting open access policies. Why have some of our faculty embraced open science? How has this affected scholarly output and advancement? Join this panel to hear success stories and lessons learned and come away with ideas for utilizing open access in your own research.

Join the discussion on Friday, October 28, 2:00-3:30PM, at the BU School of Law, Barristers Hall, 765 Commonwealth Avenue.

Boston Globe article features Margaret Hendrick’s research

June 20th, 2016 in 2016, Faculty, Graduate students, Jun-16, Nathan Phillips, News

Margaret Hendrick

Margaret Hendrick

A new Boston Globe article by David Abel title “Legislation may force utilities to fix gas leaks quicker” features research done by Earth & Environment PhD candidate Margaret Hendrick and her advisor Professor Nathan Phillips.

The article highlights the revelation in Hendrick’s research that “found little difference between the dangers of so-called Grade 1 leaks, which utilities are obliged to fix immediately, and Grade 3 leaks which they consider nonhazardous” (“Legislation,” para 3). The article directly links Hendrick’s work to new legislation that will require utility companies to repair Grade 3 leaks.

Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips

Hendrick is also quoted in the article. To read the complete article, click here.

To learn more about the work being done by Hendrick and Phillips check out Phillips’s profile page.

Margaret Hendrick publishes new article in Environmental Pollution

March 30th, 2016 in 2016, Faculty, Graduate students, Nathan Phillips, News, Pub-16, Publications

Margaret Hendrick

Margaret Hendrick

Earth & Environment graduate student Margaret Hendrick is the lead author on a new article published in Environmental Pollution.  The article is titled “Fugitive methane emissions from leak-prone natural gas distribution infrastructure in urban environments” and can be accessed online now.

The article is co-authored by current graduate student Xiaojing Tang, former graduate student Bahare Sanaie-Movahed, and Professor Nathan Phillips.

Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips

Xiaojing Tang

Xiaojing Tang

The article has also received news coverage on

Hendrick is a PhD Candidate in Geography advised by Prof. Nathan Phillips.

To see more of the work done by Prof. Phillips and his students, check out his recent news and publications.