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Affordable, renewed furniture for campus departments

Furniture is an important component of the educational and work environment. It can also be quite expensive and, at the end of its useful life, end up in landfills across the country. Thanks to a collaboration between Facilities Management & Planning and Sourcing & Procurement, University departments now have access to a new procurement strategy […]

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Sustainability Sketchbooks

Did you know that in order to manufacture just one sheet of paper it takes 17 watt hours of electricity? This may seem like a small number, but multiply it by 33,000+ students with a print quota of 100 pages per semester, and the number starts to take on greater importance. To produce the 100 […]

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Warren Towers Recycling Improvements

The fall 2014 semester saw a significant recycling rate increase at Warren Towers. Why? The installation of dual-stream recycling on every residential floor in the residence hall made the 10% increase possible. The effort was one of the key initiatives of BU Student Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs. The group’s main goal was to increase […]

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SHA Strives for Green, Achieves Gold

School of Hospitality Administration (SHA) staff, faculty, and students dedicate themselves to reducing human impact on the environment. They believe real change starts in an academic setting. That’s why SHA is the first School at Boston University to be Gold Certified with 100% community participation in BU’s Green Office Certification program. Energy is the make-or-break […]

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Agganis Arena: Salvaging Food, Feeding Boston

Each year, Americans across the country are making difficult decisions when it comes to putting food on the table. Families are often forced to choose between paying for food and other necessities such as utilities, housing, medical care and education. Food security, defined as having “access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy […]

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Reusable Bag Pilot at Sleeper Hall City Convenience

  In honor of Earth month, Student Government Environmental Affairs has unveiled a pilot program to reduce plastic bag use at the on campus, starting with the City Convenience located at Sleeper Hall. This initiative includes a 5-cent discount for those who use a reusable cloth bag for their purchases, instead of a plastic bag, […]

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Surplus Asset Management: Saving Waste and Dollars

Every year Boston University makes strides in reducing waste on campus and diverting what it no longer needs through organizations that ensure good stuff can be reused, and if not, recycled. Since 2006, BU has reduced its total waste by 12% and has increased its recycling rate from 3% to 30%. Surplus furniture is no […]

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MBA Team Wins First Place in P&G Sustainability Challenge

By Gilberto Millares (IMBA’13) from the BU MBA Student Life blog Some of Procter & Gamble’s sustainability goals for the future include completely eliminating the waste they currently generate, using only renewable energy in all their facilities, and having environmentally-friendly products and packages. As you might guess, such endeavors present an extremely difficult challenge for […]

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Waste Reduction

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BU dining services tries eco-friendly menu options

Written by Alyssa Langer Vegetarians and environmentally conscious students can make a difference once meal at a time with Boston University Dining Services’ implementation of “Make a Difference Mondays.” Dining Services and Sargent Choice teamed up “to promote eating foods with a low carbon footprint that are better for both us and our environment,” said […]

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