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There are 9 comments on This Green House

  1. Thanks! I’m so glad that our campus has decided to take even further initiative in going green!

    I”ve recently signed up to become one of BU’s Sustainability Liaisons, we’re growing in numbers.

  2. Do you think President Brown and the Trustees spent $3.7 million on this building out of pure passion for environmental issues? It’s much more likely they did it for the tax breaks and the positive PR. It’s commendable that the administration is taking on an important issue but let’s not canonize them just yet.

    1. Then let us thank the politicians who made the legislation that showed the BU Trustees they could save money by being sustainable.

      And let us thank Dennis Carlberg for his commitment to pushing for maximum sustainability under a BU typical budget.

      Let us thank the children of the 60s and 70s who have shown a commitment to sustainability in the reduce, reuse, recycle model.

      And let us thank our democracy which allows us to create a regulatory environment that burdens corporations with the opportunity to be profitable AND do what is believed best for the planet we all live on.

    2. Did you watch the entire video? If you didn’t, you should.

      The video clearly states that the budget was in place for renovation of the building without any concern for LEED-related work and that they made their desire to be eco-friendly work with the existing budget.

      Unless people are now liars until proven otherwise, I’m going to take the statement at face value. Unless you didn’t watch the video.

    3. BU doesn’t receive the tax breaks that you think they would.

      Also, Positive PR? No offense to BU Today or other BU outlets, but this project is hardly bringing any positive PR to BU. $3.7 million is an awful lot to spend on good PR.

      Maybe this is one case where cynicism doesn’t apply…maybe Brown and trustees did hire a Sustainability Director for addressing environmental issues. He did it because the BU community has been demanding it for years.

  3. Them saying that the project was under budget for what they would have done without a leed certification doesn’t surprise me.
    If the Management House on Bay State is just student housing…I imagine that the budget for faculty housing weighs in a quite a bit more… (The doors in this place cost at least a thousand dollars each….I’m not exaggerating).

  4. I’ve actually been on a tour of this particular residence when I was working for BU Facilities. It is really nice on the inside, and the sustainability@bu team have been doing a phenomenal job paying attention to the small details. From the large efficient appliances and instant hot-water heaters to energy-efficient LED lighting and insulation, they took a holistic approach to sustainability. I think that the residents will also enjoy the units quite a bit.. I know I definitely wouldn’t mind living there! The top unit also sports an awesome rooftop deck, which has a great view of South Campus and the Boston Skyline.

    Overall, I hope to see more of this at BU! Sometimes the first step towards sustainability can be protracted and expensive, but you have to start somewhere. I’m looking forward to seeing more new LEED projects on campus.

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