Janetos Climate Action Prize

Professor Anthony Janetos chaired the 2017 Climate Action Plan Task Force, which led to the creation of the Plan and the Campus Climate Lab. To both honor and continue Tony’s legacy, we are pleased to announce that Boston University has established a student award called the Anthony Janetos Climate Action Prize.

On April 20, 2021 Boston University awarded the inaugural Anthony Janetos Climate Action Prize to Gayatri Sundar Rajan (Mechanical Engineering, ENG ’22) and Keeley Bombard (Earth & Environment, CAS ’22) for their outstanding contributions to sustainability efforts at BU.

Gayatri and Keeley’s research, which they conducted with Professors Michael Gevelber and Nathan Phillips, aims to significantly reduce BU greenhouse gas emissions by developing strategies to electrify the Charles River Campus. Their project developed a preliminary strategy to electrify 52% of BU’s fossil-based heating energy use, identified system design requirements, compared electrification system configurations, and developed an initial electrification plan.

About the Award

This recognition will be awarded annually each spring to the student or team of students involved in a project through BU’s Campus Climate Lab that is judged to have the most substantial potential impact on advancing the goals of BU’s Climate Action Plan and generally shifting toward more sustainable University operations. Tony’s leadership for the development and early implementation of the University-wide Climate Action Plan inspired this award as a way to memorialize him and those important efforts.

Students who participate in the Campus Climate Lab and successfully complete the requirements will be eligible for the Janetos Prize.

Support Tony’s Legacy

This annual award will include a financial gift to the student winner. BU is launching a fundraising campaign to ensure the award will continue for many years to come. The amount of the annual award will be dependent on the amount of funds raised. We have set a goal of raising $100,000, which would allow for an endowed fund, so interest generated can cover the Prize funding.

Tony’s family and some friends have generously seeded the fund, helping us approach almost one-third of our goal, so we are off to a strong start. Contributions to the Prize fund are now being accepted.

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