Snapshots from “Growing Our Community” IGS Celebration
IGS welcomed a full house to our celebratory launch event for the new institute in October, bringing together more than 70 faculty, students, senior fellows, university leaders, and IGS advisory board members for a unique opportunity to connect in person across BU’s sustainability research community.
IGS Director Benjamin Sovacool kicked things off, followed by featured presentations from six students leading cutting-edge sustainability research and IGS research partner Schneider Electric.
“Everything we do [at IGS] is to enhance equity and promote justice, and we also want to have really good data analysis and really meaningful impact with the City of Boston, and with Massachusetts, federal, and international policymakers.” – Benjamin Sovacool, IGS Director
- Connecting Climate Justice and Mitigation: How US Cities Are Integrating Justice into Climate Action Plans, Claudia Diezmartinez, Earth & Environment
- Energy Demand Implications of Climate Adaption by Low-Income Urban Dwellers, Nicolas Schneider, Earth & Environment
- Impact of Extreme Heat on Marginalized Communities in Boston, Sasha Gilmore, Earth & Environment
- HVAC Efficiency and Ground Source Heat Pump Pilot for BU Campus, Amanda Baumann, Mechanical Engineering
- Decarbonizing 3-Family Buildings in Boston with MassCEC, Pilar Botana, School of Public Health
- Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage with Boston Green Ribbon Commission, Lucia Vilallonga, Mathematics & Statistics
The evening ended on an especially high note by announcing the 2022 winners of the inaugural IGS faculty and student sustainability research awards. PhD student Sarah Garvey (Earth & Environment) was honored with the IGS Peter Fox-Penner Award and IGS affiliated faculty Rick Reibstein (Earth & Environment) with the IGS Sustainability Champion Award.