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Boston University

Boston University case study

Boston University Campus

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 and colleges offering 250 fields of study, BU ranks in the top 50 of US universities.¹

Problem paper towels

The problem

Boston University's aim is to drive change on campus and integrate sustainability into existing education, research, and operations programs. It looks to improve existing campus buildings, renovations and new construction, to reduce energy consumption and decrease waste.

Dyson Airblade V hand dryers - the solution

The solution

To improve a prospective student's experience, the university decided to try the Dyson Airblade V hand dryer in four of the admission center restrooms. With an estimated 70,000 annual visitors to the Leventhal Center, the Dyson Airblade V hand dryer saves over 140,000 paper towels from going to landfill.

The Dyson Airblade V hand dryer

  • 1 Source: News & World Report's annual ranking.
  • 2 Dry time determined using Dyson test method 769 based on NSF P335 using a measurement of 0.1g residual moisture.
  • 3 The environmental impact of electrical appliances and paper towels was measured by Carbon Trust. The calculations were produced using the software Footprint Expert Pro, based on product use over 5 years and using weighted averages of individual countries of use. Dry times for product were evaluated using DTM 769.
  • 4 Average electricity price $0.1/kWh as of July 2021. For calculations visit