Developing the Climate Action Plan

Student activism yielded a Climate Action Task Force in 2016, comprised of students, staff, and faculty. See the full list of members below.

Climate Action Plan Forum

With input from the campus community, the Task Force drafted a Climate Action Plan, which was approved by the Board of Trustees.

The plan set an ambitious but realistic strategy that places BU in a leadership role locally and nationally, and provides the greatest opportunities for sustained environmental benefits. The plan emphasizes reducing Scope 1 and 2 emissions to become carbon neutral by 2040, a decade earlier than the City of Boston's target to help the City meet its target.

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Working Group Reports

Authors & Contributors

Campus Community Engagement


New Buildings

Supply Chain & Waste Stream


Public Forums

February 2017 Recap

Meet the Task Force


  • Sean Attri, Graduate Student, Questrom School of Business
  • Mun Pan Aung, Graduate Student, School of Public Health
  • Bridget Baker, Undergraduate Student, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Benjamin Thompson, Graduate Student, College of Arts & Sciences


  • Dennis Carlberg, BU Sustainability
  • Madhu Dutta-Koehler, City Planning and Urban Affairs, Metropolitan College
  • Elijah Ercolino, Facilities Management
  • Peter Smokowski, Auxiliary Services


  • Peter Fox-Penner, Institute for Sustainable Energy
  • Michael Gevelber, Mechanical Engineering
  • Lucy Hutyra, Department of Earth & Environment
  • Anthony Janetos, Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future
  • Robert Kaufmann, Department of Earth & Environment
  • Jonathan Levy, Environmental Health, School of Public Health
  • Thomas Little, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Jennifer Luebke, Anatomy & Neurobiology, School of Medicine
  • Nathan Phillips, Department of Earth & Environment
  • Pamela Templer, Department of Biology


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