SHA Strives for Green, Achieves Gold

School of Hospitality Administration (SHA) staff, faculty, and students dedicate themselves to reducing human impact on the environment. They believe real change starts in an academic setting. That’s why SHA is the first School at Boston University to be Gold Certified with 100% community participation in BU’s Green Office Certification program.

Energy is the make-or-break category when it comes to Green Department Certification.

Installing occupancy sensors facility-wide was not enough. The School has a policy for powering down lights and equipment when not in use, and these practices have become routine for SHA staff and faculty. Appliances such as common refrigerators and printers are energy-star rated. Perhaps what is most exciting about the SHA building is the inviting stairwell, complete with a global hospitality message inscribed on the walls. Because the stairwell is central to the building, it’s use—in lieu of the elevator—is encouraged.edit2

Being a tight-knit community, SHA staff, faculty and students have successfully embraced a robust recycling program. Signage throughout the facility directs and educates community members and guests. Additionally, all on-site events are zero waste to demonstrate to both students and visitors the School’s commitment to waste reduction and diversion.

In line with hospitality industry trends, the School has a commitment to preparing students to work in a field that is increasingly proactive in sustainable business methods. At SHA, electronic workflows and communications are standard. One program that earned the School extra credit is their used textbook donation program, which offers unwanted texts to hospitality programs in emerging countries. BU students may also partake in the program when books are given away for free to students at BU’s Earth Day celebration.


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