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There are 10 comments on More Sustainable Square Feet

  1. It’s beautiful to see what the University is doing to legitimately “green up” its eco-friendly credentials.

    I believe, as do many others on campus (both students and faculty), that it is now time to open the discussion up and begin establishing a student- and faculty-based program for making real and lasting changes on the campus. Changes beyond a LEED certified space here or there, and towards sustainable waste management, energy efficiency as an afterthought, and local sourcing of products and foods.

    Taking stock of our neighbors across the River at MIT presents the roadmap forward, along with the often- unheard voices of students and faculty who clamor for doing the right things with an economic component to boot.

    Good job BU…let’s use the momentum and our valuable human resource base to propel our University to leadership status.

  2. 670 Albany Street, a Biosquare building (a project between BU School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, and Boston University), was LEED certified in January 2008. Doesn’t this make 670 Albany the first certified green construction project at Boston University or does Boston University only include the Charles River Campus?

  3. I think it’s great that BU is going green. I wonder how steep the administrative costs are for certification? If the amounts are too high, maybe that money would be better spent furthering other green projects, rather than spending those resources on the actual certification process? Either way, congrats on making significant steps in the right direction!

  4. I think it is fantastic that this new Green construction project was named after Dean Makechnie. Especially after so much of his career was as the director of and promoter of BU’s original Green initiative, Sargent Camp.

  5. I’d like to urge President Brown and the BU administration in general to please pursue LEED certification across the board. As Mr. Carlberg says in the article, achieving LEED certification would ensure we’ve reached the latest sustainability standards.

    There should be a compromise (without forsaking financial responsibility) between living up to our commitment to sustainability and allocating funds responsibly but I hope BU continues its green efforts.

    If we build to LEED standards now and wait for certification later, won’t it cost more in the long-run if the standards change even slightly? And I second the above reader’s comment on initiating a conversation about this at the community level.

  6. LEED certification is based on 100 points. Basic LEED certification can be achieved for a mere 40 points. To receive a Silver certification means they scored 50-59 points, which is impressive. Points can be attained for sustainable building sites, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials, and indoor environmental quality. There’s also points possible for innovation in design. LEED certification process is continually changing as laws are passed, so it’s important to stay up to date. You can learn more about LEED certification process at Everblue Training Institute

  7. I think it’s great that BU is going green.I think it is fantastic that this new Green construction project was named after Dean Makechnie.

  8. LEED Certification is not costly and while the process does require extra some extra coordinating efforts from trade managers, the savings for LEED projects is clear and quickly repaid. Energy costs in buildings (via lighting, HVAC, improved instillation, water conservation, etc.) drop dramatically when thought and time is put into designing a better, healthier building. LEED also takes into account the health of building occupants – its better for the environment, the people using the space, and for the university in economic terms. It does require some efforts and coordination, however, which meets with reluctance from some parties involved. Continued support of the faculty and staff at BU (and exhibiting that support through the right channels) are what will push Sustainability efforts most.

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