Q&A with Denise Doherty

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MARCOM staff member, Denise Doherty, discusses her thoughts on sustainability in this Q&A as part of our What You’re Doing series focusing on the sustainable actions of faculty, staff, and students at BU.

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Who are you and how does sustainability fit in with what you do at BU?

My name is Denise Doherty and I work in Marketing & Communications Creative Services. Probably the largest sustainability area we contribute to is the recycling of paper and use of recycled paper products. Because we print many publications we concentrate on recycling paper and ensure that we use recycled paper and products whenever possible.

What does sustainability mean to you? 

To me, sustainability helps to preserve our environment now and for future generations.

When did you first become interested in sustainability?

I believe my interest in sustainability kicked in when we started recycling at home and having curbside pick-up of recyclable items on a weekly basis.

What is one thing you do on a daily basis to help make the campus more sustainable? 

Definitely recycling of paper products.

What do you perceive as the biggest barrier for BU students, faculty, and staff to adopting more sustainable behaviors? 

I’m not sure if there is a barrier for the BU community when it comes to sustainable behaviors. I say this because of the comprehensive communications that are available across campus.

How would you challenge BU community members to live less wastefully? 

I would suggest turning lights off and recycling your everyday items, like food cans, bottles, and containers, instead of throwing them in the trash.

What would you recommend to someone on campus who is interested in sustainability but doesn’t know how to get their ideas off the ground? 

I would suggest contacting the Sustainability office, who will most definitely be able to help with their ideas.

What are your hopes for campus sustainability in the future at BU and how do you plan to help the community achieve these goals?

Solar power could be looked at. There are several energy efficient buildings on campus, especially the newer buildings. Could solar power help with electricity and heat in some of the older buildings?

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