Greenhouse Gas Goals & Progress
Brown University seeks to take a leadership role in committing to real and substantive Greenhouse Gas reductions. In January 2008, President Ruth Simmons approved the following Greenhouse Gas recommendations:
- Brown will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 42 percent below 2007 levels (equivalent to 15 percent below 1990 levels) for existing buildings. Interim goals will be set as soon as possible and monitored annually;
- Brown will limit greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy consumption for all newly constructed facilities to between 25 percent and 50 percent below the standard required by state code. New construction will, at a minimum, meet a silver standard in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), furthering sustainability goals;
- Brown will reduce greenhouse gas emissions for all newly acquired facilities by a minimum of 15 percent and as much as 30 percent.
The following figure is from the 2011 Sustainability Report, which can be found here.