Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund

Annual Project Funding vs. Energy Saved

Annual Project Funding vs. Energy Saved


In 2015, BU’s greenhouse gas reduction was 23%, nearing its greenhouse gas reduction goal of 25% by 2020. This was in large part due to energy efficiency projects centrally funded and those financed by the Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund—a fund powered by the reinvestment of energy project savings.

BU established the Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund in 2008 with $1 million to invest in the University’s clean energy projects. On October 22, 2014, National Campus Sustainability Day, BU announced that it doubled its contribution to $2 million. As a result of energy efficiency and fuel switching projects, BU was able to sell the greenhouse gas emissions reductions to General Motors through the Chevrolet Campus Clean Energy Campaign. These proceeds and annual cost savings reinvested into the fund have further increased the amount available to invest in energy projects. These investments illustrate the value of Green Revolving Loan Funds and the potential benefit carbon reduction sales can bring to campuses nationwide. Specifically, this allows Boston University to further its carbon reduction and clean energy efforts.