Zero Waste Plan

Reimagining Waste as a Resource

Zero Waste at BU

BU's Zero Waste Plan was developed by a 54-member task force during the fall of 2019, and released on March 3, 2021. Hundreds of BU faculty, staff, and students helped shape the plan through participation in forums, surveys, and more. The Plan outlines 21 different initiatives that focus on various important aspects of Zero Waste: redesign, reduce, reuse, recycle/compost, culture change, and market development.

Read the BU Zero Waste Plan and consider:

  • how you expect it to impact how you live, work, and study at BU
  • how you will implement the plan within your department, and
  • what you need to succeed.

Reach out with questions.

Help Achieve Zero Waste

It's going to take a collective effort across BU to achieve Zero Waste. Are you up for the challenge?

Zero Waste Task Force & Working Groups

Thank you to the members of the BU community who contributed their time, expertise, and perspective to help create the Zero Waste Plan.

Co-Chairs

Dennis Carlberg
Associate VP, University Sustainability
Working Groups: Metrics, Construction Waste

Paul Riel
Associate VP, Auxiliary Services
Working Group: Metrics

Members

John Barton
Executive Director, Medical Campus, Facilities Management & Operations
Working Group: Infrastructure & Logistics

Rhoda Bianchi
Program Manager, Occupational Health and Safety
Working Group: Construction Waste

Gabriela Boscio Santos
Engagement Manager, University Sustainability
Working Group: Engagement & Environmental Stewardship

Jill Brown
Senior Designer, Campus Planning and Operations
Working Group: Supply Chain

Tom Chance
AIA Contract Specialist, Sourcing & Procurement
Working Group: Construction Waste

Michael Ciarlante
Director, Events & Conferences
Working Group: Infrastructure & Logistics

Ron Corley
Director of Center, Research – National Emerging Infectious Disease Lab
Working Group: Supply Chain

Ziba Cranmer
Director, BU Spark!
Working Groups: Metrics (Co-Chair)

Shane Cutler
Events & Conferences
Task Force member

Michael DiFabio
Associate VP for Real Estate, Real Estate & Facility Services, Operations
Working Group: Infrastructure & Logistics

Stephen Ellis
Data Manager, University Sustainability
Working Group: Metrics (Co-Chair)

David Flynn
Assistant VP, Construction Services
Working Group: Construction (Co-Chair)

John Freeley
Director of Retail for BU Dining and the 660 Corp
Working Group: Engagement & Environmental Stewardship

Hayley Gambone
BU Sustainability Intern supporting Zero Waste
Task Force member

Stacy Gianoulis
Assistant VP, Client Services & Support, Information Services & Technology
Working Group: Supply Chain

Thom Gorham
Associate Director, Campus/Clinical Safety, Research – Health and Safety
Working Group: Engagement & Environmental Stewardship

Jason Grochowalski
Associate Director of Residence Life for Administration
Working Group: Infrastructure & Logistics

Denise Hagen
Director of Environmental Affairs, BU Student Government
Working Group: Engagement & Environmental Stewardship

Keith Haran
Category Manager, Technology, Sourcing & Procurement
Working Group: Supply Chain

Jeff Hoseth
Associate Director of Construction Services, Planning, Design & Construction
Working Group: Construction Waste

Ed Jacques
Facilities Director, Fenway Campus
Working Group: Infrastructure & Logistics (Co-Chair)

Nishmin Kashyap
Director of Housing, Auxiliary Services
Working Group: Infrastructure & Logistics

Greg King
Associate Category Manager, Site Services, Sourcing & Procurement
Working Group: Supply Chain (Co-Chair)

Joseph LaChance
Director, Dining Services
Working Group: Infrastructure & Logistics

Erik Levy
Founder & President, Save that Stuff
Working Group: Metrics

Mike Lyons
Category Manager, Facilities, Sourcing & Procurement
Working Groups: Supply Chain, Construction Waste

Will Matos
Assistant Director, Academic Area Managers, Facilities Management & Operations
Working Group: Infrastructure & Logistics

Colleen McGinty
Assistant VP for Annual Capital Projects, Planning, Design & Construction
Working Groups: Construction Waste (Co-Chair), Infrastructure & Logistics

Randall Moore
Associate VP, Sourcing & Procurement
Working Groups: Task Force member

Karen Murphy
Director, Center for Professional Education, Metropolitan College
Working Group: Supply Chain

Bob O’Toole
Trucking & Grounds Manager, Facilities Management & Operations
Working Group: Infrastructure & Logistics

Jason Pina
Director, Analysis & Data Management, Informatics & Strategic Initiatives
Working Group: Metrics

Ken Pucker
Lecturer, Organizational Behavior, Questrom School of Business
Working Group: Supply Chain

Michael Puim
Environmental Program Manager, Environmental Health & Safety
Working Group: Infrastructure & Logistics

Lexie Raczka
Sustainability Director, Dining Services
Working Groups: Metrics, Engagement & Environmental Stewardship

Rick Reibstein
Lecturer, Dept. of Earth & Environment
Working Group: Engagement & Environmental Stewardship

Kaity Robbins
Zero Waste Manager, University Sustainability
Working Groups: Infrastructure & Logistics (Co-Chair), Engagement & Environmental Stewardship (Co-Chair), Supply Chain, Metrics, Construction Waste

Scott Rosario
Director of Marketing, BU Dining Services
Working Group: Engagement & Environmental Stewardship

Jeff Roy
Executive Director, Sourcing Strategy and Analytics, Sourcing & Procurement
Working Group: Supply Chain

Bob Simboli
Category Manager, Research, Sourcing and Procurement
Working Group: Supply Chain

Fernando Sousa
Assistant Director, Campus Planning & Operations
Working Group: Engagement & Environmental Stewardship

Leigh Thumith
Director of Operations, Boston University – Aramark
Working Group: Infrastructure & Logistics

Lisa Tornatore
Director, University Sustainability
Working Groups: Supply Chain (Co-Chair), Infrastructure & Logistics, Engagement & Environmental Stewardship

Shari Turmandao
Assistant Director for Howard Therman Center, Dean of Students
Working Group: Infrastructure & Logistics

Carlos Vasquez
Director, Custodial Services
Working Group: Supply Chain

Michael Walsh
Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Earth & Environment
Working Group: Metrics

Bill Walter
Assistant VP for Operations & Services, Real Estate & Facility Services
Working Group: Engagement & Environmental Stewardship

Melinda Wheeler
Associate Category Manager, Business Services, Sourcing & Procurement
Working Group: Supply Chain

Bob Whitfield
Director of Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Heath & Safety
Working Group: Engagement & Environmental Stewardship (Co-Chair)

Kyle Woolley
Student intern with Planning, Design & Construction
Working Group: Construction Waste

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