Brown University has made significant commitments and engaged in various networks to contribute to and learn from the global conversation. Specifically, the Office of Sustainability has undertaken the following:
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.
The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching. When President Simmons signed the Sustainable Campus Charter, Brown became a partner in the International Sustainable Campus Network. Each year the Office of Sustainability engages in dialogue to learn from partner institutions around the globe on best practices, innovative approaches, and collaboration opportunities.