BU Receives 2013 Greenovate Boston Award
Greenovate Boston Awards recognize achievements in the City’s residential, business, and sustainable food sectors.
On May 14, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced the 2013 Greenovate Boston Award winners at Boston University’s Center for Student Services, BU’s newest LEED Gold building. There were 18 award winners in total including 13 business, three residential and two sustainable food leaders. These winners were selected for their impressive sustainability achievements and commitment to Greenovating Boston. The event also served as the launch of the Mayor’s Greenovate Boston movement, an initiative to get people working together to help make the City a better, greener place to live and work.
BU was honored with the award for the University’s efforts in energy conservation, waste reduction, and green buildings.
Since 2008, BU’s sustainable building projects have saved 157,196 MMBTUs of energy, which is enough energy to power 1,760 homes!
In handing out the award, Brian Swett, the Mayor’s Chief of Environment and Energy, commended Boston University for its achievements.
Between 2005 and 2012, BU reduced GHG emissions by 15%, energy consumption by 9% and decreased water use by 10%, all despite campus growth of 13%. In addition since 2006, the University has reduced its overall waste by 11% and increased its recycling rate from 3% to 32%.
Swett noted, “Their new green buildings have enabled this low-carbon growth. Boston University has over 1,319,000 square feet of space either LEED certified or in the LEED pipeline. Since 2008, BU’s sustainable building projects have saved 157,196 MMBTUs of energy, which is enough energy to power 1,760 homes!”
sustainability@BU also reaches out to students, faculty and staff, to educate them about how their actions affect the environment and encourage them to live sustainably through the Join the Challenge program.
In addition, the University recently implemented a 100% Sustainable Cleaning Program which aims to maintain buildings in a sustainable manner that protects human health and the environment.