Sustainability Liaisons

A few of our Sustainability Liaisons. Credit: Dave Green Photography

A few Sustainability Liaisons gather with BU Sustainability staff at the annual Sustainability Festival. Credit: Dave Green Photography

Background

The Sustainability Liaison program was created to promote campus sustainability through peer-to-peer awareness within each of the schools and colleges as well as many administrative departments on both the Charles River Campus and the Boston University Medical Campus. The Liaisons are comprised of faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Sustainability Liaisons represent every school and college. They meet regularly with BU Sustainability to improve communication on campus sustainability issues, discuss potential projects within individual schools, and share challenges, solutions, and successes. Some of those successes include reducing overnight building lighting and implementing the Trash Buddy program. We expect that Sustainability Liaisons will be key partners in helping the University implement the emerging recommendations of the Zero Waste Implementation Task Force.

Expectations:

• Participate in at least 3 of the 5 activities/meetings offered per semester (lunch provided if scheduled during lunch)
• Promote the Green Office and Green Department Certification Programs
• Raise awareness about events and initiatives such as Walk/Ride Day and BU Sustainability festivals
• Tracking/reporting of sustainability initiatives at the departmental level
• Educating colleagues regarding best practices
• Disseminating information, such as monthly educational materials

Benefits:

• Help shape sustainability at our institution, by promoting the successful implementation of BU’s Climate Action Plan
• Be a leader and role model on campus regarding sustainability initiatives and practices
• Receive exclusive toolkits, as well as monthly training opportunities through Lunch & Learn events or presentations
• Some opportunities to present on behalf of or alongside the BU Sustainability team at local/regional conferences
• Opportunities to be highlighted in BU Sustainability outreach materials and newsletters
• Access to some fun, sustainability-related tours annually

To express interest in serving as a Sustainability Liaison or refer a colleague, contact Sustainability Director Lisa Tornatore.