The Department of Environmental Affairs advocates for all issues concerning environmental safety and sustainability on campus, including advocating to the Boston University administration for environmental sustainability policies and implementation of those policies. The Department also acts as the direct liaison to all environmental organizations on campus. During the 2018-2019 academic year, we hope to partner with specific environmental organizations on campus to coordinate events that educate the student body on the importance of climate change and sustainability. We are also working towards changing university policy regarding smoking on campus and recycling units in dormitories. The Department of Environmental Affairs hopes to reduce the university’s carbon footprint and help students at BU make greener decisions. If you are interested in sustainability or passionate about the environment, please consider getting involved!
Hi everyone! My name is Neha Chinwalla, and I am a senior studying earth and environmental sciences, with minors in political science and environmental analysis and policy. I'm from the Chicago area. I have been a part of the Department of Environmental Affairs since my first semester at BU, and this is my second term as Director. I am also a part of the BU Running Club.
This summer I am the communications assistant for BU URBAN and the Operations Fellow for Solstice, a community solar energy start-up. I'm a big fan of dogs (and animals in general), reading, and desserts.
This year from the Department of Environmental Affairs, you can expect to hear about and engage with topics from environmental justice to science communication. We are looking for initiatives to undertake to make our campus more sustainable (please reach out if you have ideas!).
Everyone has a role in the climate movement, and I hope our department can help more people find theirs!
CGS ’22/CAS ’24
Hi everyone! My name is Saahithi Achanta and I’m a sophomore studying Environmental Policy and Analysis in the College of General Studies on the pre-law track. I’m from the DC area but I grew up in Chicago so I’ve been in the city all my life. I’ve been advocating for environmental justice since high school so joining the Environmental Affairs department as a freshman was a no-brainer.
As a staffer, I learned so much about how students play a pivotal role in sustainability here in Boston and what we can do for the next step. The innovative and creative initiatives taken by this department help instill change in our community for the better. Environmental Affairs is a diverse field with many ways to get involved and help make a difference on campus between renewable energy, zero waste, consumption, and more. I hope to make these sustainable habits accessible for all students at BU and help progress towards a greener campus together.
In addition to Student Government, I am the Events and Engagement Intern for BU Sustainability. I’m also a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and its Diversity and Equity Committee, and BU Women in Law.
In my free time I love going outdoors and hiking, especially in Virginia’s beautiful national parks. But when I’m in Boston, I’m always on the lookout for new sushi restaurants to try. I look forward to working with all of you to stir positive change within BU and how we engage with the environment to foster a more sustainable future!