This past June, Brown recieved international recognition for it's ambitious carbon reduction goals and the plans and projects that are making those goals achievable.
Brown joined the International Sustainable Campus Network in January of 2010 when President Ruth Simmons signed the ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter. The charter “acknowledges that organizations of research and higher education have a unique role to play in developing the technologies, strategies, citizens, and leaders required for a more sustainable future. Signature of the present charter represents an organization’s public commitment to aligning its operations, research, and teaching with the goal of sustainability.”
In early June, Energy and Environmental Programs director Christopher Powel traveled to Gothenburg, Sweden, to attend ISCN conference and except the ISCN Excellence Award for campus sustainability.
In an article posted on the ISCN website, Bernd Kasemir, ISCN Program Manager explained “'The ISCN Excellence Awards were started in order to recognize outstanding projects in campus sustainability from around the world...Over the past few years, it has been a privilege to see the innovative projects that are happening on the campuses of colleges and universities. As these are the places where the next generation of our world’s leaders are educated, their commitment to sustainability will hopefully infuse the students with the same ideas. The winner of this year’s award, Brown University ... demonstrate(s) exactly that high level of commitment.'”
Brown was recognized for its ambitions green house gas reduction goals and the progress it has made in reaching them. As the ISCN said in it’s article about the event “Brown University has shown an impressive pace in implementing their comprehensive program involving all relevant stakeholders on campus. They are well ahead of their initial schedule with a greenhouse gas reduction of 21% since 2007 and annual savings of $1.8 Million USD.”
Read more about Brown's progress toward it's green house gas reduction tagets in the Annual Sustainability Progress Report.