Brown University has made significant commitments and engaged in various networks to contribute to and learn from the global climate change conversation. Specifically, the Office of Sustainable Energy & Environmental Initiatives has undertaken the following:
GHG Reduction Goals
On January 24, 2008 President Simmons announced Brown’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals. They call for a 42 percent reduction below 2007 levels (equivalent to 15 percent below 1990 levels) by 2020.
In the past five years, Brown University has reduced its energy-related carbon footprint by 29.4 percent below 2007 levels as part of an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction plan. This 29.4 percent reduction puts us significantly ahead of the 19 percent reduction goal in the original plan.
More information about the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals and how Brown is achieving them can be found in the Annual Sustainability Report.
Member of the Ivy+ Sustainability Network
Established in 2007, The Ivy + Sustainability Consortium was formed to unify sustainability efforts at Ivy+ institutions, leverage opportunities, and to provide recommendations to senior leadership to be considered for implementation. At the first Ivy+ meeting held at Yale University, former President of the University, Richard Levin, asked his counterparts to follow Yale’s lead to make an institutional commitment to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions. This request helped to catalyze each institution to set a target to reduce campus emissions. Since the Consortium’s creation, it has held annual meetings focused on leading sustainability trends and on the important role sustainability plays in its member institutions, including how Offices of Sustainability can help support university objectives. The annual meeting also provides member institutions the opportunity to identify how the group can become much greater than the sum of its parts.
Signatory of International Sustainable Campus Network’s Sustainable Campus Charter
When President Simmons signed the Sustainable Campus Charter, Brown became a partner in the International Sustainable Campus Network, whose purpose is to enhance universities' commitments to construct, redesign, and organize their campuses in an exemplary and sustainable way and to include the experiences in their education.
High Performance Design: Projects which have already achieved LEED®, or are designed and registered to achieve LEED® certification, include: Rhode Island Hall, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, the Medical Education building, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Sidney Frank Hall for Life Sciences, 315 Thayer Street, Hunter Laboratory, Miller and Metcalf Residence Halls, Metcalf Research Center and the Aquatics and Fitness Center.