About Campus Climate Lab
The Boston University Institute for Global Sustainability (IGS), in collaboration with BU Sustainability and the Office of Research, invites research proposals from student and faculty teams to generate new knowledge on the impacts, adaptation, and/or mitigation of climate change that can be implemented at BU and beyond. The Campus Climate Lab is an opportunity to use the BU campuses as a living laboratory to advance sustainability practices.
Apply → The next deadline for proposals is October 3, 2022.
Project ideas can be grounded in any discipline, spanning engineering, humanities, health, social and natural sciences, communications, business, fine arts, etc. Projects can originate from undergraduate or graduate students, faculty, or staff. Projects that support the goals of the University Climate Action Plan or advance the equity and justice aspects of sustainability are especially encouraged. Projects must be grounded on the BU campus, but teams are encouraged to foster connections and impacts in neighborhoods beyond the campus (please note entities external to BU are not able to receive funding).
Information and project brainstorming sessions
Research teams accepted into the Campus Climate Lab will be invited to participate in a luncheon to facilitate connections and exchange ideas across the diverse teams, as well as invited to events throughout the year geared toward the Institute for Global Sustainability (IGS) community.
List of IGS-affiliated faculty.
Apply: How to submit your research proposal
- Project Overview (2 pages max)
- Project title
- Research question that articulates the sustainability challenge the project will tackle
- Activities, outputs, and timeline
- Linkages to the goals of BU Climate Action Plan and/or themes of equity and justice
- Description of how the results of the project could be used to advance sustainability
- Project team, including names, roles, and departments of student(s), faculty or grad student mentor(s). Also list Operations partner if necessary.
- Abstract that summarizes the project (200 words max)
- Budget with justification (1 page max)
Submit your research proposal as a single PDF to email@example.com by 5 pm on Monday, October 3, 2022. Research awards are open to students and faculty of all BU schools and colleges. Proposals will be evaluated by a team of faculty and staff reviewers drawn from IGS affiliates and BU Sustainability.
Project topic ideas
Equity and justice aspects of climate change
- Identify impacts of BU waste generation on local communities
- Identify the equity and justice aspects of BU energy and material use
- Multimedia, art installation, or street theatre on the intersection of equity and sustainability
- Develop early warning capabilities for heat waves and air quality alerts
- Monitor indoor or outdoor air quality on Charles River and Medical Campuses
- Identify best practices and locations for permeable pavement to reduce flooding
- Identify best practices to reduce the urban heat island effect
- Research toward reducing BU energy demand by 31% by 2032
- Determine pathways to improve building efficiency
- Explore strategies to shift energy sources toward renewables
- Accurately track, manage, and report carbon sequestration on BU properties
- Improve waste stream logistics, metrics, and greenhouse gas accounting
- Develop system for real-time waste/recycling weight and composition data at the container level
- Develop Scope 3 analysis for the University’s supply chain
Allowable expenses include student salary/stipend, research supplies, analytical costs, and publication/dissemination costs. For parity across projects, the undergraduate student hourly rate will be $14.25/hour with no fringe. The graduate student hourly rate will be $17/hour with 9.9% fringe.
Costs related to implementation of findings beyond the research project do not need to be included in the project budget.
Anthony Janetos Climate Action Prize
This recognition will be awarded annually each spring to the student or team of students involved in a project through the Campus Climate Lab that is judged to have successfully advanced climate action each year at BU and beyond.
Proposal development session #1
Wednesday, September 14, 3-4 pm
Proposal development session #2
Wednesday, September 28, 10-11 am
Full proposals due
Monday, October 3, 5 pm
Review Committee meets to select awards
Thursday, October 6
Expected start of approved research projects
Week of October 11