Boston University’s commitment to sustainability reaches beyond the laboratory and the classroom.  Faculty and students connect their research and classroom experiences to society at large in activities that span Boston-area sustainability initiatives to international environmental negotiations.  Here are a few examples of this effort.

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Professor Cutler J. Cleveland (CAS/Geography and Environment) is the founding editor-in-chief of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE), a Wikipedia with quality control, the goal of the EoE is to disseminate authoritative information about the environment to a broad global audience.

Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE): GE faculty (Cleveland) is the founding editor-in-chief of the award-winning EoE (www.eoearth.org). The goal of the EoE is to disseminate authoritative information about the environment to a broad global audience.  The EoE has supported dozens of BU students as interns (paid and unpaid), and contains numerous articles written by GE faculty. The EoE receives direct support from the Provost and the Pardee Center, and in-kind support form GE.

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future seeks to establish linkages between the worlds of scholarship and practice for meaningful cross-learning so that scholarly insights on the possibilities of improved human well-being can be translated into practical programs of action. The Center sponsors wide ranging events and publications relating to these issues.

CEESILogo Boston University has a long history of successful partnerships between industry and government sponsors. CEESI is uniquely positioned to implement systemic change through collaborations with industry,  government sponsors, and non-profit organizations seeking to apply these changes in real-time.

The Center for Energy & Environmental Studies is a multi-disciplinary center that focuses on education, research and professional training in the fields of energy and environmental analysis.  CEES educational programs are designed to give students a solid background in traditional disciplines as well as expose students to many of world’s challenging environmental problems.


Founded in 1996 by Professor Thomas H. Kunz, the Center for Ecology and Conservation aims to promote an understanding of ecology and conservation through research, education, and outreach. It has been a leader in biology and conservation research and is an exemplary training ground for undergraduates majoring in biology and environmental studies.

The Center for Remote Sensingis a facility for scientific research in archaeology, geography and geology.  The center uses satellite images and ground sensors to study and monitor environmental changes in the Earth due to both natural and human activities.  In 1997, the Center was awarded by NASA as a “Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing” .

Defending-science-logoProfessor David Ozonoff (SPH/Environmental Health is a co-founder of the Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy, which engages with the public and with the scientific, legal, and policy communities to advance understanding and conversations regarding the nature of science and how it is used and misused in government decision-making and legal proceedings.

linked-in The BU Sustainability Alumni, recently launched by Professor Cutler Cleveland, is a global network of Boston University alumni working in the field of sustainability. The purpose of this group is to connect students with interests in sustainability. Must be a member of Linked in to participate. Membership is free and open to all interested in participating.

Professor Kevin Gallagher (CAS/International Relations) is a public scholar who frequently appears in the media discussing the economics and policy of sustainable development in in Latin America. He writes a monthly column on globalization and development for the The Guardian (UK) newspaper.

CFA Green Team

CFA-Green-LogoThe CFA Green Committee was established in 2008 by a group of concerned CFA staff members who were dedicated to making the College of Fine Arts an environmentally friendly college. Long-term, the Committee hopes to implement additional “green” initiatives to make CFA among the most environmentally-friendly colleges on campus. Additionally, working with other BU departments, the CFA Green committee looks forward to helping the University’s Campus Sustainability Steering Committee maintain a variety of campus-wide green programs.