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School of Law Project Earns Gold LEED Certification

2015 renovation and construction cited for sustainable design 01.26.2017 By Joel Brown. Photo by Melissa Ostrow The BU School of Law makeover won plaudits from students and faculty for its vibrant design and state-of-the art-classrooms and moot courtroom when it was completed in 2015. Now the renovation and construction project has attained an honor for […]

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Trustees Adopt Broad Climate Change Strategy

Cutting energy demand and avoiding investment in coal, tar sands included 09.20.2016 By Rich Barlow Expanding BU’s efforts to curb climate change, the Board of Trustees last week unanimously approved a broad strategy, including efforts to avoid investments in companies that extract coal and tar sands oil, the most carbon-intensive fuels.The board also authorized a […]

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Solar Power Saves Everyone Money

By Nancy Averett Hoping to reduce their greenhouse emissions, Kelley Hippler and her husband, Tom, installed solar panels on the roof of their Colonial-style home in suburban Sharon in summer 2015. “We had, like a lot of folks, become more aware of global warming and we wanted to look into forms of sustainable energy,” Kelley […]

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Questrom Welcomes Renowned Sustainability Expert

Peter Fox-Penner heads University’s new Institute for Sustainable Energy 03.03.2016 By Amy Laskowski It’s not the rat race that keeps sustainability expert Peter Fox-Penner up at night. Rather it’s the race to decarbonization, or deep reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, before the world faces “very severe climate impacts, even bigger than the ones we have […]

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Meeting Our Energy Goals

Strategy In 2012, Boston University set a goal to reduce energy consumption by 10% by the end of FY2017. To meet the 10% target, we have taken three important steps: 1. Projects: In 2012 we developed a prioritized project list for the Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund and capital projects. 2. Natural Gas: In December of […]

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Introducing the Institute for Sustainable Energy

Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) is a University-wide institute, administered by the Questrom School of Business, that assists and promotes faculty research, and enhances BU’s curricular offerings and communication products related to sustainable energy. The Institute expands engagement and collaboration with outside stakeholders, including energy technology firms, public agencies, other universities and research […]

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A Student’s Account of Visiting the White House

Article written by Lindsey Chew, a senior in Questrom School of Business. On November 19th, Boston University was one of the first campuses to join 218 colleges and universities in signing the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge. I am incredibly proud of Boston University for taking the lead on climate action in our greater […]

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BU Talks Climate Action at the White House

Pledges to reduce its carbon emissions by 35 percent 11.20.2015 By Amy Laskowski Boston University pledged yesterday to reduce its carbon emissions by 35 percent in four million square feet of building space by 2020, adding to the 35 percent reduction in carbon emissions it has already achieved in many existing facilities. The news came […]

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West Campus Wins 2015 Dorm Energy Challenge

West Campus won the third annual dorm energy challenge for the second year in a row! Last fall the challenge was determined by percentage of energy saved, as compared to the same time in the previous year. West Campus won the competition with a 2% electricity reduction over the previous year. This year’s challenge focused […]

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BU Shines with STARS

How does BU measure its progress in becoming a more sustainable campus? Who sets the bar? BU evaluates the University’s performance annually in categories such as greenhouse gas emissions, waste reduction, energy use, and water consumption. In the past 9 years, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions 25%, our waste by 9%, and our water use […]

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