The Office of Energy and Environment in Facilities Management is committed to achieving sustained energy and environmental performance. This requires an ongoing, integrated and systematic approach to energy management including assessing performance, setting goals, creating an action plan and tracking and communicating results. The Office of Energy and Environment tracks progress towards meeting these goals and communicates results through the Annual Sustainability Progress Report.  

Commitments and Initiatives

Green Building to reduce and limit carbon emissions:

President Simmons announced Brown’s first Greenhouse Gas Goals on January 24, 2008. The goals are as follows:

  • For Existing Buildings: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 42 percent below 2007 levels (equivalent to 15 percent below 1990 levels). Initial interim cumulative goal of 4 percent per year is in place and monitored annually to meet 42 percent target by 2020.
  •  For New Construction: 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®) certification, furthering sustainability goals.
  •  For Acquired Buildings: A reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for all newly acquired facilities by a minimum of 15 percent and as much as 30 percent.

In the past five years, Brown University has reduced its energy-related carbon footprint by 26.6 percent below 2007 levels as part of an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction plan.  This reduction was accomplished by switching from carbon intensive Number 6 fuel oil to natural gas at our Central Heat Plant; and a major focus on energy efficiency investments initiated in fiscal year 2008 to help meet future fiscal year reduction targets.  Facilities Management’s Planning Design & Construction office also implemented multiple projects under the high performance design goals for all new construction, major renovations, and acquired facilities, including a minimum certification of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Sliver and at least 25 percent better requirements than code in energy utilization.

Funding Opportunities for on-campus carbon reductions: 

Miscellaneous Energy Efficiency Improvement Opportunities in Existing Buildings

This funding source is intended to address all projects that can be completed in a reasonably short time period to help Brown meet its annual greenhouse gas reduction targets. This funding process is intended to allow any opportunity that arises outside the purview of major construction projects to be identified and funded as the need arises. Student and departments with energy saving ideas should consider this funding opportunity.  

Access to funding:  Funding will be provided at the discretion of the Director of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Initiatives. If lifecycle analysis is successful meeting a 8.5% IRR (having a less than 5-year payback period), funding will include the complete installation of the new equipment.  Once that approval is received, a Facilities Management Project Manager will be assigned to oversee the project and the submitting team will remain an integral part of the project to its completion. For more information contact: meggie_patton@brown.edu