Q&A with Brad Mount

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Agganis Arena staff member, Brad Mount, discusses his 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? 

Bradley Mount, assistant general manager of facilities and operations at Agganis Arena:  I oversee the day to day operation and upkeep of the facility.  Sustainability goes hand in hand with my responsibilities, I first got involved as a liaison when I saw the amount of waste that could be generated from holding large scale events at the building.

How are you pushing your colleagues at the Arena to be more conscious of their impact and the impact of the thousands of guests that visit the Arena each year? 

Getting colleagues to change their habits, and think about being more environmentally conscious.  The implementation of our recycling program has certainly increased awareness in the department.  The goal now is to better educate the public and guests who attend events at the venue.

What does sustainability mean to you?

Sustainability to me is a lifestyle choice that reduces or reuses resources so that the environmental impact is zero.  It is a frame of mind, where individuals and communities strive to be more aware of their impact on the space they inhabit and the planet they live on.

When did you first become interested in sustainability? 

When I first saw the amount of waste generated from a series of events at the arena. 2006.

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

I drive a Hybrid Electric vehicle (Chevy Volt) which has saved over 1,050 gallons of fuel, and 20,316 lbs of CO2.  I actively recycle within my department, and encourage my colleagues to do the same.  We are also changing how we make purchases to more environmentally friendly products, and have switched to digital documents to cut down our printing by 2/3.

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

Changing their habits.  Just like working out to get in better shape, changing your habits to be more sustainable can be a tough habit to change.  You have to make the choice and follow through with it.

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

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… It works.

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?

Go to the sustainability website, inquire with your department and get in touch with a Sustainability Liaison.  Technology and innovation in the area of renewable energy could easily provide a huge boost to the economy, and no idea is a crazy idea. There are many websites out there with great information on sustainable living.

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

My hope is that everyone on campus, faculty, staff, and students gets involved and makes an impact.

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