Boston University is a world leader in teaching, research, and scholarship that seeks to promote the well-being of humans within their natural environment. The University has made important contributions in public policy, science, business, education, public health, law, medicine, the humanities, and engineering. Through these advances, including some of the nation’s preeminent environmental programs, the University hopes to prepare this generation to lead our society toward a more sustainable future.
Sustainability at BU is housed within the University’s Office of Facilities Management & Planning, has broad scope in implementing its fundamental goal: To reduce the University’s environmental footprint through campus infrastructure upgrades and by connecting students, faculty, and staff to participate in and support these efforts. The University’s Sustainability website found at www.bu.edu/sustainability/ is intended to act as the portal to cross-campus information on sustainability, such as what individuals and groups are doing, classes being offered, research being done, and what resources are available on campus.
For our residents, this means access to campus-wide initiatives in seven key areas: Energy Conservation, Climate Action Planning, Green Building Design, Recycling and Waste Reduction, Communications and Outreach, Food, and Transportation. The program is still quite new, and we encourage our residents across the University to access the sustainability site to get up-to-date information on University programs in this area, and to share information……whether for a newly-offered class, current research, an opportunity for resource savings or waste reduction, or new grass-roots efforts.