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BC Recognized for Environmental Leadership

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(L-R) Green Decade/Newton board member Peter Smith congratulates Boston College representatives Sustainability Program Director Robert Pion, Energy Management Specialist Bruce Dixon, Energy Manager John MacDonald and Engineering and Energy Management Director Terence Leahy on BC's winning the Green Decade Environmental Leadership Award.


CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (May 2014)—Boston College has been recognized for its environment-friendly practices by Green Decade/Newton, a local non-profit. The University was one of three recipients of the annual Green Decade Environmental Leadership Awards for significant contributions to preserving the environment, presented May 19 at the Newton Free Library. BC was selected for the award given to local businesses “whose actions positively impact the health of our planet and local communities.”

In the award citation, Green Decade/Newton noted that BC has worked to ensure its campus buildings meet high environmental standards, achieving energy star status for four facilities in 2013, and seeks to construct all new buildings with a goal of achieving high certification from the Light Energy & Environmental Design “green building” program.

Among BC’s efforts highlighted in the award were the replacement of lighting in Higgins Hall, saving 600,000 kilowatt hours and more than $108,000 in annual costs; the installation of new boilers and controls in the Law Library and East Wing on Newton Campus, resulting in a savings of more than $200,000 annually, and replacing 750 showerheads to conserve water and energy.

Green Decade/Newton also noted BC’s participation in national energy and conservation competitions: In one, students living on campus saved more than 30,400 kilowatts of electricity; BC also was among the top performers in several categories of a contest involving 523 colleges and universities to reduce waste and increase recycling. BC composts 300 tons of food waste each year, donates leftover food a veterans’ organization and, through its BClean initiative, collects and donates to area non-profits clothing, food or other items left by students. In addition, the University gives refillable water bottles to freshmen and has provided water-filling stations.

Representing BC at the awards ceremony were Sustainability Program Director Robert Pion, Energy Management Specialist Bruce Dixon, Energy Manager John MacDonald and Engineering and Energy Management Director Terence Leahy.
For information about Boston College’s energy and conservation initiatives, see bc.edu/sustainability.

–Office of News & Public Affairs