Dennis Carlberg

Associate Vice President, University Sustainability | Specialty: Renewable Energy, Green Buildings, Zero Waste

Architect of BU Sustainability


I am an architect (AIA, LEED AP BD+C) with more than 25 years of experience before joining Boston University in 2009 as its first Sustainability director. I focus on driving the implementation of the University's Climate Action Plan and advancing sustainability best practices on campus and beyond.

Prior to BU, I was a partner at a Boston architectural firm, where I chaired the sustainability committee. I began my career at the Solar Energy Research Institute conducting daylighting research to reduce building energy consumption and improve the indoor environment.

I received my Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I was awarded the AIA Gold Medal. I received my Bachelor of Arts in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

BU Highlights

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Earth & Environment and faculty/advisor for the Earth House, a living-learning community
  • Initiative Owner for Sustainable Operations, BU Strategic Plan
  • BU Operations Liaison to the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3)
  • Advisory Board Member, Institute for Sustainable Energy, City Planning Program and Urban Affairs, the Urban Climate Research Initiative, and the URBAN Graduate Program.
  • Member, BU Hub Implementation Task Force for general education

Beyond BU

  • Co-chair, Boston Green Ribbon Commission Higher Ed Working Group
  • Co-chair, Climate Resilience Committee at the Urban Land Institute – Boston, formed in 2011 to educate and motivate the Boston-area real estate community to actively address climate change, sea level rise, climate resilience planning and policy development
  • Member, City of Boston's Carbon Emissions Performance Standard Technical Advisory Group
  • Member, Boston Planning and Development Agency's Zero Net Carbon Building Zoning Initiative Technical Advisory Group
  • Member, City of Boston’s Zero Waste Advisory Committee
  • Member, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) STARS Steering Committee
  • Member, Climate Ready Boston Infrastructure Advisory Group,
  • Member, Massachusetts Statewide Resilience Master Plan Technical Advisory Group


Related Projects

CCDS, BU Wind, Campus Climate Lab, Earth House, Energy

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