Q&A with Gregg Snyder

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FM&P’s Assistant Director of Budget & Analysis, Gregg Snyder, 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?
Hi, my name is Gregg Snyder.  I am responsible for managing the University’s operations, space planning, & projects budgets as well as developing our energy & utilities budget, where sustainability drives how we are becoming a more efficient institution by reducing consumption.

What does sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability has several meanings to me.  It’s not only a way of living, but a way of thinking.  It’s about being cognizant of how you impact your neighbors and your environment.

When did you first become interested in sustainability?
I don’t think there was a pivotal moment.  My family always had a mentality of reduce, reuse and recycle.  I became more involved through my work at BU.

What is one thing you do on a daily basis to help make the campus more sustainable?
I do more than one thing.  We all should.  Not only do I take the time to recycle, I make sure I turn the lights off when I leave my office.  If the lights are on in an empty conference room, I turn them off too.  It’s the small things that make a big difference, when we all work together.

What do you perceive as the biggest barrier for BU students, faculty, and staff to adopting more sustainable behaviors?
Higher education is already taking a leadership role in the world of sustainability, but campus-wide coordination activism is a hurdle we are struggle to pass.

How would you challenge BU community members to live less wastefully?
Think before you print, think before you order more supplies from Office Depot, and turn the lights and computer off if you aren’t using them.

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?
Get involved.  Join sustainability@BU’s Twitter or Facebook page.  Stop by one of the many events sustainability@BU hosts around campus.

What are your hopes for campus sustainability in the future at BU and how do you plan to help the community achieve these goals?
BU needs to build a strong culture of sustainability.  I plan to be more active by engaging colleagues around campus about what I am doing and how Facilities Management & Planning is embracing its responsibility to sustain the University’s physical environment for the long term through distinguished design, environmental responsibility and fiscal management.

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