Boston College is committed to creating a greener campus by conserving resources and reducing the impact our services and activities have on the environment. The Office of Sustainability leads this effort by bringing together students, staff, and faculty to develop more sustainable initiatives.
The University embraces its sustainability goals through the following areas:
What We Do
The Office of Sustainability at Boston College serves as a resource and catalyst to advance University goals for campus-wide sustainability. It collaborates with Facilities Management, Boston College Dining Services, and student groups to organize and support various environmental sustainability initiatives and projects. The office works to:
- Implement energy conservation measures across facilities
- Develop a comprehensive approach to energy conservation and water management
- Coordinate a recycling and composting program across campus
- Incorporate and maintain natural features across campus
- Identify potential sustainability opportunities
- Measure and report on annual progress toward sustainability goals
Sustainability and Energy Management Specialist
Jillian Pruner CSOM '21
Giovanna Eichner MCAS '23
Cynthia Ma MCAS '23
300 Hammond Pond Parkway
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Office Phone: 617-552-3738
The interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program is currently researching ways to conserve the environment, discovering engineering alternatives, and energy efficiency practices.
The Woods College of Advancing Studies offers a professional studies certificate in sustainability. It is an online, six-course program open to students who hold a high school diploma or a bachelor's degree. It allows recipients to demostrate their compentency in pressing questions of the day, including climate change, effects of population growth, shifting demogaphics, and the ensuing natural resource limits of energy, food, water, materials, and waste.
Join the Green Community
Bike BC is a student-run bikeshare program serving the entire Boston College community.
Boston College charity: water is an initiative started by students whose goal is to bring awareness to the global water crisis and raise money to support charity: water campaigns. Since its inception, BC charity: water has been able to raise thousands of dollars and fund the development of a drilling rig and wells in two different villages.
Climate Justice BC
Climate Justice BC aims to educate about the dangers of climate change and how students can be agents for change; unite with local and national climate activists to strengthen social support for climate justice; and to engage in activism within the BC community.
EcoPledge is Boston College's largest student-run environmental club that works toward making BC more sustainable. EcoPledge educates the BC community about environmental issues by showing films, presenting lectures, and hosting annual celebratory events like Harvestfest and Earth Day. EcoPledge members often go beyond the campus, participating in local community clean-ups, national environmental conferences, and hiking and camping outings throughout New England.
Green Ambassador Program
Establshed in 2014, Athletics, Facilities Services, and the Office of Sustainability have partnered to make the Green Ambassador program to support ongoing campus recycling efforts. Green Ambassadors welcome fans to BC at selected sites and offer information on game day activities and respond to recycling questions. For information about the Green Ambassador program please email email@example.com
Run by Campus Recreation, Boston College offers students the opportunity to experience nature through day and weekend trips including rock climbing, hiking, sea kayaking, paddleboarding, and backpacking.
The student run Outdoor Club organizes trips for BC students to get outside and enjoy the environment. Trips include hiking, climbing, kayaking, white water rafting, and skiing.
Real Food BC
Real Food BC is a student group on campus that strives for the establishment of a more sustainable food system by promoting the purchasing of food from local, green, humane sources in order to support localized food production and to reduce carbon emissions that result from long-distance food shipments. BC Dining Services has already taken steps towards more sustainable food procurement. In collaboration with Real Food BC, BC Dining created Addie's Loft, an organic eatery that offers food from local, sustainable sources.
Sustainable Living and Learning Community
Run by the Office of Residential Life, this living and learning community educates students on sustainablity and encourages them to be active members in their community. Students apply at the end of their first year and live on the sustainability floor during their sophomore year.
UGBC Environmental Caucus
The Undergraduate Government of Boston College works with environmental clubs on campus to create a greener BC. Their Environmental Caucus is dedicated to sustianabiltiy and making green changes on campus.
Student Guide to Sustainable Living
The Office of Sustainability created this book as reference guidelines for the Boston College student body. These guidelines cover recycling on campus, conservation efforts, green cleaning, and how to get involved in sustainable activities.
If you would like printed copies to share with your roommates, clubs, classes, or if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Can I recycle this?”
Next time you ask this all-too-familiar question, go to the Recyclopedia. Simply enter in your item and get your answer.
This resource can answer your tougher questions too, including “Why don’t plastic bags belong in the recycling bin?” and “What happens to what I recycle? Where does it all go?”.
Boston College uses single stream recycling, which means you can throw all your recyclables in one bin, there is no need to sort it. However, make sure to rinse recyclable containers before recycling them and do not recycle plastic bags.
Composting is good for the land, reduces dependence on fossil fuels, and reduces landfill waste and incineration. Compost can be turned into a natural fertilizer, adding nutrient-rich soil to the land and promoting biodiversity.
Composting is a lot easier than recycling. Dining staff will compost for you in Corcoran Commons, McElroy Commons, Lyons Hall and Stuart Dining Hall. All food that you haven't eaten goes into the compost bin.
What Can You Compost?
- Fruit and vegetables
- Bones and fat trimmings
- Dairy products
- Coffee grounds
- Paper napkins
- Tea bags