Brown University seeks to take a leadership role in committing to real and substantive Greenhouse Gas reductions. In January 2008, President Ruth Simmons approved the following Greenhouse Gas Goal recommendations:

  1. Brown will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 42 percent below 2007 levels (equivalent to 15 percent below 1990 levels) for existing buildings.

  2. Brown will 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), furthering sustainability goals.

  3. Brown will reduce greenhouse gas emissions for all newly acquired facilities by a minimum of 15 percent and as much as 30 percent.

In the past nine years, Brown University has reduced its energy-related carbon footprint by 27.4 percent below 2007 levels, without new construction, as part of an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction plan.  This leaves us three years to meet our 2020 goal of 42 percent below 2007 levels.  This was accomplished by switching from carbon-intensive Number 6 fuel oil to natural gas at our Central Heat Plant and by focusing on energy efficiency investments initiated in fiscal year 2008.  Facilities Management’s 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®) Silver and at least 25 percent better requirements than code in energy utilization.

Under the energy efficiency investment program Facilities Management has 527 projects of various size and scope either completed, in progress, or under development.  Over the life of the program, we have invested approximately $27 million dollars for a total reduction of 19,723 MTCDE, or 27 percent below fiscal year 2007 levels in our existing buildings.  To date, our efforts have resulted in a savings of over $4 million dollars in annual energy expense.