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There are 18 comments on A Greener BU: Look, Mom, No Trays!

  1. Not having trays is ridiculous. I feel like saying it makes the campus more “Green” is a blatant lie for something that really just saves the school money both by not having to pay people to clean them all the time and by making people taking less food. I really hope this policy gets changed back as soon as possible because this is not good for the school’s students at all.

  2. Something you may want to consider is reaching out to students. Think of how much energy can be saved if students simply STOPPED leaving their computers on forever? I know so many people who leave their laptops on 24/7, wasting insane amounts of energy.

    I also have a question. How will these initiatives affect our tuition costs? Yes, it takes money to get things like these going. But, I assume that rising energy costs, mixed with rising energy consumption on campus, HAS to be one of the main reasons our tuitions keeps going up to insane levels. Will these energy efficiancy initiatives help in stabilizing tuition costs?

  3. The last post reminds me that in addition to saving energy, money and the environment, green initiatives will also, we can hope, alter some attitudes. Some of our students have no idea how comfortable their lives are or the role this comfort plays in the destruction of the environment.

    As students increasingly view themselves as consumers instead of members of a human community, they will complain about minor discomforts even when the planet’s future is at stake.

    If something as minor as stopping the use of trays draws a complaint, it is clear we have work to do.

  4. “This sucks” took the words right out of my mouth. This is absolutely ridiculous. It inconveniences students, and the “green” excuse is a bunch of BS. It just gives BU an excuse to save money. The water wouldn’t just disappear either, it would just have to be re-treated. It would make more sense for a BU student to develop a new, clean, on-site water-filtration system or something like that.

  5. I applaud President Brown’s efforts to make our campus more eco-friendly. As an alumna and staff member of the CFA, I sincerely hope that this means plastic and glass bottle recycling for this building. Hundreds of musicians means hundreds of plastic water bottles thrown away each day. A few recycling bins on each floor would go a long way!

  6. Does it really? Surely there are worse things than having to carry a plate in one hand, a cup in the other, and perhaps having to make two trips to get everything you want at a meal. There is no way to refute how many gallons of water are saved by cutting out the use of trays in dining halls. This is a minor sacrifice, and one that conscientious students ought to be willing to make.

  7. Whether or not these actions are truly for the sake of being green, the results are one step to a better environment. I do not understand any person who would assume that the convenience of only making one trip with their tray outweighs the benefits of a trayless BU for the whole environmental community.

  8. congrats to the folks who have finally decided to create an office of sustainability! this is a step in the right direction, but the true sense of how big a step it is will display itself as the year is looked at in retrospect. recycling (as it concerns providing opportunities to recycle) should be an afterthought; cutting water use is relatively simple; switching to natural gas makes economic sense. the bigger question is where is the University as concerns renewables and energy-efficiency? results should be judged in terms of months and dollars today, but this is only a preamble (though necessary) to a “sustainable” BU…

  9. Considering the ever-rising price of tuition, the University should be able to afford some trays and washing water.

    And please don’t tell me this will reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide. Every lump of power plant-coal that BU saves by not using hot water will eventually be bought and burned by some other coal-burning plant here or in another country. It’s all going to be in the atmosphere sooner or later – it’s just a question of which power plant does it.

    What’s next? How about saving even more energy and water by getting rid of plates, utensils, and napkins and letting us all eat at a trough?

  10. This is for people like you who dismiss the fact that the environment is suffering. Your argument describes the “Tragedy of the Commons.” look it up. If we just assume that someone else is going to do it, no one will ever do anything (basically).

    I love having the sustainablity committee, lets hope they do actually make a difference.

    We as one BU need to focus on the REDUCE part of reduce, reuse, recycle, not only on the recycle.

  11. The sustainability committee and tray-less cafeterias are token gestures made to appease “green conscious” students.

    The energy saved by getting rid of trays probably pales in comparison to the energy wasted in just the old arts and sciences building, where my office is located. In the summertime, old and inefficient air conditioners have to run at full tilt 24/7 to keep indoor temperatures tolerable. In the wintertime, single-pane leaky windows lose untold heat to the outside. Sometimes, however, the old steam pipes get cranked up either too early or too late in the season, and then windows have to be opened to keep occupants from boiling. Talk about wasting hot water…

    But fixing A/C units and replacing windows would cost a great deal of money – and that’s what this is really all about. Getting rid of trays is a trivial, but far more visible and inexpensive gesture than making improvements to energy gobbling-buildings.

  12. This is to the people who think that the tray-less dining halls are a ploy to help BU save money:

    I don’t understand why you are complaining. Think what BU can do with the money saved. The administration could lower tuition (or at least prevent another 6% rise in cost), allocate more money to student activities, or even put in energy conserving windows into CAS as “Only the ‘green’ of money” suggested earlier. Perhaps the saved money could go towards a new water filtration system as “‘This sucks’ took the words” suggested. Saving money is not a bad thing–it increases your quality of living and if BU happens to help the environment along the way, so be it.

  13. if BU is so dead-set on saving the planet, then why did they leave the sprinklers on in the rain two weeks ago? If it’s absolutely necessary to spill soup on the floor, burn our hands, and drop knives and forks, then let’s at least actually not waste water. Personally, I don’t really care what BU does to the environment, I’d just like a little consistency.

  14. Looking back at all of these comments in January, it is surprising how easy the adjustments have actually been. It seems natural now.

    Now if we could just have more opportunities to recylcle plastics and packaging on campus…

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