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Accomplishments and Initiatives

  • The LEED Platinum certified Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Nursing was completed in April 2017 and received LEED platinum in March, 2019.
  • BSU Cycling Cub started by former Green Ambassador is the first organization to adopt a portion of the trail at Horsepen Park under the MNCPPC Maryland- National Capital Park and Planning Commission  
  • A green plaza referred to as the Student Center Quad was developed in place of the old Crawford Science Building.
  • The University has installed a large-scale solar panel system with the help of WGL Energy which includes 4 site locations expected to generate 2 million kWh of electricity per year or roughly 10 % of the campus needs.
  • BSU has also worked with General Electric utility company to install additional solar panels on the rooftops of the Student Center and FPAC buildings which may add roughly 2% of the campus needs.  The usage can be monitored on the solar energy dashboards.
  • Construction has begun on a new parking lot which includes a large scale solar canopy.  The project is expected to be complete in Fall of 2019 and will account for about 7% of the campus energy needs.
  • Implementation of University bike share program launching in the summer of 2019
  • HBCU Green Report 2014 listing BSU
  • AASHE Member Spotlight: 1/2015 and 1/2016
  • Completion of 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 add a yearly sustainability fee in 2013.
  • BSU established an Earth Week Program with various green & sustainable events throughout the Earth Day week.
  • Implemented an university wide ink cartridge/toner recycle program.
  • Annual Shred Day events to securely destroy paper documents and the paper is recycled.  Learn more here. 
  • 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.
  • Recycle bins were added to lobbies of all academic buildings
  • University purchased Solar energy Smart Tables in various locations across campus for charging electronic devices using 100% solar energy.
  • Student Green Ambassador group was created 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.
  • Energy dashboards installed in Student Center and CNMSMN.  See real time data here