Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Slow the Global Shift to Renewable Energy?

BU sustainable energy expert says the coronavirus outbreak may make “dirty fuels” more attractive in the short term As the coronavirus pandemic roils global economic markets, Peter Fox-Penner, director of BU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, believes some power plants may continue or even restart use of oil and gas as a cost-saving measure. Photo by […]

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Fixing Climate Change Is Good Business

That message driven home at International Mayors Climate Summit held at BU John Kerry, flanked by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Bank of America Vice Chairman Anne Finucane, said President Trump “misled the world” in calling the Paris climate accord a costly imposition on America’s economy. Photo (above) by Jackie Ricciardi. From former secretary of state […]

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BU Trustees Approve Aggressive Climate Action Plan

Effort prepares University for global temperature rise The BU Climate Action Plan adopted by the BU Board of Trustees recommends new building efficiencies, changes to renewable energy sources, and ways to make climate change a bigger part of the University’s curriculum and research. Illustration by Rubén D. Cerón Guevara (MET’19) and BU Metropolitan College Professor […]

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CAS Scientists Develop ACES to Monitor Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Tool will give cities data needed to reduce concentrations of carbon dioxide Lucy Hutyra and Conor Gately have developed a new tool called ACES, which provides fine-resolution data on CO2 emissions. A key to climate change regulation, says Hutyra, is monitoring emissions “in a robust, transparent, and reproducible way.” Photo by Cydney Scott. In June […]

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Going Green Earns Plaudits for BU

University ranked country’s 25th most sustainable college Sustainably sourced food comprises 22 percent of the food served in University dining halls. Green initiatives have landed BU a place on two nationally recognized sustainable university guides. Photo by Cydney Scott. BU’s commitment to becoming a more sustainable community has earned accolades from two different organizations. The […]

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Red Spot, Hot Spot

BU researchers find breakthrough clue in the mystery of Jupiter’s “energy crisis” Luke Moore (left) and James O’Donoghue, research scientists at the Center for Space Physics, study planetary atmospheres. Photo by Cydney Scott. Five hundred miles above the sweep and swirl of Jupiter’s caramel-and-cream clouds lies a mystery. The atmosphere’s top layer, which covers the […]

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BU Talks Climate Action at the White House

Pledges to reduce its carbon emissions by 35 percent More than 2,000 students attend sustainability@BU’s annual Earth Day Festival. Photo by Jackie Riccardi. Boston University pledged yesterday to reduce its carbon emissions by 35 percent in four million square feet of building space by 2020, adding to the 35 percent reduction in carbon emissions it […]

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Leventhal Center Wins Boston Preservation Award

Makeover of former Hillel for busy Admissions hub Transforming the building into an “exuberant, extroverted admissions reception center” started with a more welcoming entry and a canopy in bright BU red. Photos by Anton Grassl/Esto. For prospective students and their parents, the Alan and Sherry Leventhal Center is BU’s new front door. The striking International Style building […]

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