Boston University has earned local, state, and national recognition for leadership on sustainability and climate action. Find out the milestones that led to where we are today.


Bicycle Friendly University, Bronze, awarded by National League of American Bicyclists

Excellence Award, Bronze, awarded by NASPA (2011)

Greenovate Award (2013, 2016)

Green Certified Restaurants, awarded by the Green Restaurant Association

Green Power Leadership Award, awarded by the US EPA (watch the awards ceremony here) (2021)

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), awarded by US Green Building Council – multiple buildings

MassSavers Award (2010)

Mayor’s Bike Friendly Business, Silver and Bronze (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Mayor’s Carbon Cup (2014)

Outstanding Case Study: BU Wind, awarded by Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (2021)

Pinnacle Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Award, awarded by MassRides and Massachusetts Coalition of Transportation Management Associations (2011, 2012)

Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)

Recharge Massachusetts (2021)

Ruth H. Silman, Climate Change Project of the Year (for the Center for Computing & Data Sciences) – Environmental Business Council of New England, EBEE Awards (2023)

Sierra Cool Schools (2012–2015)

Smarter Planet (2011)

STARS, Gold (2023), Silver (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021), administered by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Sustainable Purchasing Foundations Certificate, administered by Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (2021)