October 9, 2007
Initiatives on the Environment
Brown Commits Additional Resources to Help Environment
The Sidney E. Frank Foundation has made a gift of $200,000 to support environmental initiatives underway at Brown University. The gift, combined with an allocation of $150,000 from the Office of the President, will be used for a proactive community outreach and awareness program that was recommended by the Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Sidney E. Frank Foundation has made a gift of $200,000 to support new, comprehensive environmental initiatives at Brown University. The gift, combined with an allocation of $150,000 from the Office of the President, will be used for innovative projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, raise awareness, change behavior, and educate the community.
The goals of the program include supporting faculty, student and employee projects focused on interventions in the local community, while providing educational and research opportunities for Brown students, faculty and employees. A committee will be created to develop criteria and evaluate proposals for funding.
“We are grateful to the Sidney E. Frank Foundation for providing funds to help the University achieve a valuable objective: improving the environment,” said Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons. “This program will also enable the Brown community to demonstrate the value of this approach for other institutions.”
The following are examples of what the program might accomplish:
“Our hope is to stimulate creative and innovative individual initiatives as the University seeks to address global warming,” said Beppie Huidekoper, executive vice president for finance and administration. “The idea is to support faculty, students and staff projects focused on changing behavior at Brown and in the local community.”
Brown has taken a number of steps in recent years to develop an appropriate and relevant course of action to effect positive change. Through conservation measures already underway, Brown has avoided 37,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and 90 million kilowatt hours, which, at today’s electric rates, is equivalent to $10.8 million.
Other aspects of the University’s measures to curb energy use include:
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