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). The 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.