Facilities Management’s Design & Construction office is required to limit greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy consumption for all newly constructed or renovated facilities by a minimum of 25 percent with a goal of 50 percent below the standard required by state energy code. The University’s new construction projects are designed to meet a minimum of a silver certification level in the U.S. Green Building Council LEED® certification program.  The standards of LEED® certification are silver, gold, and platinum; and points toward certification are earned by meeting requirements in categories of sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design. Projects at Brown that have achieved LEED® or are designed and registered to achieve LEED® certification can be viewed at the interactive campus map on the FM website.


  • 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.

Achieved Gold:

  1. Rhode Island Hall, 2010
  2. Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center, 2012
  3. Medical Education Building, 2012
  4. Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 2012
  5. 315 Thayer Street, 2013
  6. Miller and Metcalf Residence Hall, 2014
  7. Nelson Fitness Center, 2014
  8. 85 Waterman Street, 2015
  9. Metcalf Research, 2014

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From left: 85 Waterman, 315 Thayer, Nelson Fitness Center, RI Hall

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From left: Granoff Center, Med Ed, Campus Center, Miller and Metcalf Halls

Achieved Silver:

  1. Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences, 2009

Designed to Gold:

  1. School of Engineering (under construction)
  2. 170 Hope - Division of Applied Math (awaiting certification)

Designed to Silver:

  1. Watson Institute Expansion (in design)
  2. Wilson Hall (in design)