Local Groups in and around the Heights
SustainBC's mission crosses many levels of organization at Boston College as we expand the sustainability conversation across campus. Listed below are our partner departments, divisions and organizations.
Ecopledge is a student-led organization that works toward making Boston College a more sustainable campus. Ecopledge educates the BC community about environmental issues by showing films, presenting lectures, and hosting annual celebratory events such as Harvest Fest and Earth Day.
Undergraduate Government of Boston College
The UGBC Sustainability Team is responsible for educating students and raising awareness on campus about environmental issues through programs such as Green Week.
Real Food BC
Real Food BC, in connection with other student groups nationwide, is working to raise awareness about the need for more sustainable food on college campuses.
Boston College Libraries
BC Greener Lib is a group of BC Libraries staff members who have chosen to work together on recycling, education and advocacy initiatives with the goal of making the BC Libraries a “greener” place, and its staff more aware of sustainable choices in their work and individual lives.
Environmental Studies Program
Professor Noah P. Snyder, Director
Economics, culture, policy, society and science all play key roles in the impact modern society has on the Earth's natural systems. The Environmental Studies Program is designed to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of the structure and function of these systems, and develop awareness of paths toward global sustainability.
Facilitites Management, Capital Projects
Facilities Management is a full service, centralized organization comprised of three departments: Capital Projects Management, Environmental Health and Safety and Facilities Services. Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) serves to implement environmental and occupational health and safety programs and to ensure compliance with all relevant governmental laws and regulations.
BC Dining Services is committed to being a socially responsible dining program that is an industry leader in purchasing and food preparation practices. By supporting local farming and regional production efforts as well as giving those companies first priority in all purchasing decisions, BC Dining strives to decrease its impact on the environment by increasing awareness around sound and sustainable environmental practices in our dining facilities.
Boston College Law School
In all of its elements, the Boston College Law School Land & Environment Program is designed to encourage service and train professionals in areas of increasingly critical importance to the lives and prosperity of people around the nation and the world, and to sustainability of the land, air, and water resources which support the myriad interlocking ecosystems that constitute life on the planet. In addition, the Environmental Law Society serves as a resource for environmental organizations and informs the law school community of environmental issues.
Environmental Affairs Law Review
First published in 1971, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review (EA) is one of the nation's two oldest law reviews dedicated to environmental law. Having developed and maintained a national reputation as one of the country's leading environmental and land use journals, EA has the highest subscription rate among the law reviews at Boston College Law School.
BC Energy and Environment Alumni Network
The Boston College Energy and Environment Alumni Network was formed in 2009 to provide networking and career opportunities for alumni interested in energy and the environment, many of whom are making impressive contributions to this field. Specifically, BCEEAN endeavors to expand BC professional networks in energy and the environment (including government, business, finance, nonprofit, education, and research); serve as a resource for BC students, faculty, administration, and alumni; and assist alumni in keeping abreast of developments in this rapidly expanding field.
T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., Director
The Jesuit Institute works in collaboration with existing schools, programs and faculties to support the intellectual life that constitutes Boston College by promoting research and collaborative interchange upon issues that emerge at the intersection of faith and culture. The various programs of the Institute support the exploration of such religious and ethical questions and sponsor the presence on campus of scholars committed to these questions.
Center for Corporate Citizenship
Katherine Smith, Executive Director
The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is a membership-based research organization associated with the Carroll School of Management. It is committed to helping business leverage its social, economic and human assets to ensure both its success and a more just and sustainable world.
Winston Center for Leadership Ethics
Jonah Berman, Assistant Director
The Winston Center was established in 2006 with the dual mission of conducting compelling research of interest and use to scholars and practitioners and offering programs that engage scholars, executives and students in an intellectual exploration of leadership and ethics in business and society.
Arts and Social Responsibility Project
Crystal Tiala, Chair
The Arts and Social Responsibility project was established in 2009 to build upon the student’s passion for all types of art and performance in combination with social responsibility to create engaging new projects, lectures and coursework. Students and faculty have produced artistic events across campus on social justice themes including documentary films, art exhibitions, musical concerts and educational theatrical productions bringing current social issues to the forefront of academic dialogues.
Institute for Liberal Arts
Mary Crane, Director
The Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College is dedicated to fostering innovative programs in the liberal arts that will enhance the intellectual life of students and faculty and lead to new ways of understanding the world we live in. In collaboration with existing programs and centers, the Institute funds projects, seminars and symposium that bring faculty from different disciplines together around shared topics of interest to promote scholarship that bridges the humanities and other disciplines.
School of Theology and Ministry
Thomas Massaro, S.J.
The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry is an international theological center that serves the Church’s mission in the world as part of a Catholic and Jesuit university. The STM is committed to the Catholic theological tradition, rigorous academic inquiry, interdisciplinary study, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, and the engagement of faith and culture.
Department of Biology
Department of Theology
James Keenan, S.J.
The Department of Theology at Boston College provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for reasoned reflection on their own values, faith, and tradition, as well as on the religious forces that shape our society and world. The department currently offers three courses that are directly related to sustainability: Ecology and the Bible, Theology and Ecology, and Ecological Ethics and Social Justice.
Department of Sociology
As both sociologists and citizens, we live in an era of unprecedented global economic, technological, and cultural change. How are such changes affecting the meaning of gender, race, and class-based structures of power in a global context? How are they affecting our approaches to theory and research, social policy and activism? These are among the concerns addressed daily by faculty and students of the Department of Sociology at Boston College.