Boston University

Boston University

The business

Chartered in 1869, Boston University is one of the nation's largest private urban research universities. With over 33,000 students, nearly 10,000 staff, and 17 schools of colleges offering 250 fields of study, BU ranks in the top 50 of U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of the nation's top universities.

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“Shifting from paper towels in restrooms to hand dryers is an important initiative for BU to reduce waste on campus. The Dyson Airblade V hand dryer will help us achieve our waste reduction goals while reducing our operating costs”

Dennis Carlberg, Sustainability Director

Dyson Airblade V drying hands

The problem

Boston University's aim is to drive change on campus and integrate sustainability into existing education, research, and operations programs to reduce energy consumption and decrease waste across its two campuses. With the Facilities Management & Planning department, the initiative aims to improve the sustainability of existing campus buildings, renovations and new construction.

The solution

Dyson Airblade V hand dryers.

To improve a prospective student's experience with a larger, more technologically advanced space, BU decided to renovate an existing campus building and relocate its admission center there. To support their mission of sustainability at the Leventhal Center, the University decided to try the Dyson Airblade V hand dryer in four of the admission center restrooms.

In the four restrooms with Airblade™ technology, paper towels were not installed as a hand drying option, therefore reducing the waste that's generated from paper towels. Assuming that an estimated 70,000 annual visitors to the Leventhal Center use the Dyson Airblade hand dryer instead of paper towels, over 140,000 paper towels would be saved from going into landfill annually.

Only Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers have all these benefits

  • Fast hand dryers icon


    Hands are dried in 12-14 seconds 7.

  • Most hygienic icon

    Most hygienic

    HEPA filters as standard.

  • Costs less to run icon

    Costs less to run

    Up to 69% less than
    other hand dryers.

  • Better for the environment icon

    Better for the environment

    Lower CO2 emissions,
    no paper waste.

  • 5 year warranty icon

    5 year limited warranty

    Parts and Labor.