“Sustainability requires that we meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”
United Nations “Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development,” 1987

Boston University approaches sustainability through the interconnection and interdependence of environmental, social, and economic factors, which are vital to achieve the long-term health and resilience of individuals, communities, the natural environment, and economies.


We envision a sustainable and equitable future where environmental, social, and economic conditions foster health and well-being for all people and the natural world, where all living beings have the resources they need to thrive.

Boston University will reflect these conditions by serving as a model, locally and globally, through its leadership in climate action and knowledge sharing.


We support the transformation of Boston University’s planning, operations, and culture toward a sustainable and equitable future. We are guided by the University’s mission, Strategic Plan, and Climate Action Plan.

Racial Equity and Social Justice Statement

Racial, social, and environmental injustice anywhere is unacceptable. We acknowledge that low-income, Indigenous, and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by pollution and climate change. We are therefore committed to continuously listening, learning, and challenging the status quo to help bring about equitable change. Only by achieving socioeconomic and racial justice, will we achieve climate justice.

The Way We Work

  • Inform members of the University community about sustainability challenges and inspire participation in solutions.
  • Collaborate and share knowledge to advance initiatives at the local, regional, and global levels.
  • Ground all of our efforts in considerations of racial equity, and social and environmental justice.

Learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

View BU’s sustainability-related recognitions

Our Team

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Visit the Sustainability Doers Gallery for some inspiration from students, faculty, staff, and alumni