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Accomplishments and Initiatives

 

  • In October 2014, two green ambassadors, two staff members and a Natural Sciences professor attended the Annual AASHE conference in Portland, Oregon. BSU representatives participated in numerous sessions featuring speakers from across the country, designed to showcase the latest trends and featuring innovative methods to try on their campuses. Read more about the AASHE conference.

  • Completed a Carbon Footprint Inventory of the campus to help BSU gauge the amount of carbon emission it produces and uses this yearly inventory to assist in alleviating carbon emissions throughout campus.

  • Achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification in Spring 2014 on its Student Union, the first campus building to receive such certification and the first Student Union with such certification among all HBCUs. 

  • The Student Center features: a green roof and water gardens, a trayless cafeteria, and other energy saving measures. Read more about sustainable features in the Student Center.

  • Undergraduate students elected to implement a yearly sustainability fee in 2012. Learn More about the Green Fund.

  • Graduate students agreed to get in board and add a yearly sustainability in 2013.

  • BSU established an Earth Week Program with various green & sustainable events throughout the Earth Day week.

  • Students participated in a renovated greenhouse project and in the process separated and repotted perennial plants for campus beautification.

  • In 2012, the University recycled 35,000 pounds of shredded material, the highest amount of any HBCU on the TGI tour.

  • Implemented an university wide ink cartridge/toner recycle program. 

  • Annual Shred Day events to securely destroy paper documents and the paper is recycled.

  • C4 members speak to Freshman Seminar Classes on sustainability. 

  • A solar heating system was installed in the school’s swimming pool.

  • The BSU football field was upgraded from natural grass to artificial turf, thereby saving in the cost of constant watering.

  • Two deteriorated skylights were replaced in the maintenance building warehouse with solar tracking skylights that move continuously to follow the sun.

  • A green roof was installed on Crawford Science Building.

  • Students participate in yearly Recyclemania national college competition.

  • University purchased Solar energy Smart Tables in various locations across campus for charging electronic devices using 100% solar energy.

  • Created a Student Green Ambassador group to work with C4 in its efforts.

  • Multi-recyclers were placed in each on campus residence hall rooms allowing students to gather recyclables from their rooms and deposit them in the campus recycle containers.