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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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Dorm Lighting Upgraded Over Intersession

As part of BU’s plan to reduce energy consumption by 10% by July 2017, LED desk lamps were added over intersession to all rooms in West Campus, Warren Towers, and 1019 Comm Ave. Facilities Management & Planning (FM&P) removed the less efficient fluorescent light fixtures, and along with BU Housing, plan to install the sleek, […]

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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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Clean Power Purchasing

Boston has a lot at stake when it comes to climate change. With rising sea levels alone, more than $463 billion in Boston’s waterfront assets are at risk of flooding and damage. The Boston Green Ribbon Commission is a group of business, institutional and civic leaders in Boston working to develop shared strategies for fighting […]

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BU Signs Landmark Energy Partnerships

Boston University has taken another big step towards our goal of reducing energy consumption 10% by 2017. In a landmark move, the University has signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) with both National Grid, the University’s natural gas provider, and Eversource Energy, our electricity provider. “BU is one of the largest consumers of energy in the […]

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