Timeline of Brown's Environmental Initiatives

1978 Center for Environmental Studies (CES) is formed.
1979 First-degree program initiated through CES.
1982 Urban Environmental Lab is renovated and becomes the home of CES.
1990 BIG (Brown is Green) goes live on the web.
1991 President declared the campus environmental stewardship initiative BIG, which began as an environmental education and advocacy initiative.
2002 Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) is endorsed by the Academic Priorities Committee.
2003 President Ruth Simmons signs pledge sponsored by the New England Board of Higher Education.
2006 Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC) was established to develop long and short-term energy and environmental goals and strategies.
2007 EEAC released its first set of recommendations for Brown to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to have the University move toward climate neutrality.
2007 In response to the 2007 EEAC recommendation that Brown achieve carbon neutrality by 2008 in part by initiating carbon-offset projects in the local community, the Community Carbon Use Reduction @ Brown (CCURB) pilot grant program is funded.
2007 BIG conforms to new Brown web standards and includes new information about energy and environmental initiatives.
2010 Brown Dining Services removes bottled water from its shelves as a result of the student-led Beyond the Bottle (BtB) campaign.
2010 President Ruth Simmons signs the International Sustainable Campus Network Global University Leaders Forum (ISCN-GULF) Charter.
2013 The Sustainability Strategic Planning & Advisory Committee convenes for Phase One of the strategic plan. Based on Brown’s decision to not divest from coal, the Environmental Task Force convenes to determine academic and research driven solutions to climate change.
2014 The Institute for the Study of Environment and Society (ISES) is launched.
2020 Per 2007 EEAC Recommendations, Brown should reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10-15% below 1990 levels by 2020.
2050 Per 2007 EEAC Recommendations, Brown should aspire to a goal of 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.