In an effort to reduce water and sewer use, the E&E office hired a water systems consultant to evaluate our potable water systems and recommend best practices. These best practices identified 18 specific measures to implement throughout campus including:

  • installation of abatement meters for cooling tower makeup water units at nine locations;
  • chilled water condensate recovery units at seven sites (including Sidney E. Frank Hall);
  • replacement of water-cooled compressors serving BioMed and the Faculty Club;
  • and the implementation of corrective measures to address miscellaneous but substantial water waste (“leaks”) across campus.

On College Hill, Brown must be careful about stormwater runoff and use both natural and technological mitigation methods.  In an effort to minimize Brown University's stormwater impact, the university completed its first stormwater master plan. In coordination with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the City of Providence, and the Narragansett Bay Commission, the stormwater master plan was adopted into the university’s institutional master plan. The goal of this plan is to create a mechanism to minimize the stormwater impact on a campus-wide basis versus a building project basis. This will allow Brown University to evaluate and improve the stormwater infrastructure, by implementing best management practices where they add the greatest value to the campus  Currently, the following stormwater and water efficiency measure have been implemented on campus:

  • The Urban Environmental Lab -  rain garden
  • 85 Waterman, the home of the Institute at Brown for Environment & Society - Rain garden and grey water system
  • Sidney Frank Hall - stormwater retention for irrigation system a rain garden
  • Granoff Creative Arts - Green roof
  • Med Ed - Green roof
  • Trayless Dining -Brown Dining committed to trayless dining in its Verney-Woolley dining hall. Trayless dining reduces water use, waste, energy, and chemicals otherwise used to wash trays.


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Rooftop garden on the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts