Facilities Commitments

Green Building to reduce and limit carbon emissions:

President Simmons announced Brown’s first Greenhouse Gas Goals on

January 24, 2008. The goals are as follows:

  • 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.

In the past five years, Brown University has reduced its energy-related carbon footprint by 29.4 percent below 2007 levels as part of an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction plan.  This 29.4 percent reduction puts us significantly ahead of the 19 percent reduction goal in the original plan.  This rapid reduction was accomplished by switching from carbon intensive Number 6 fuel oil to natural gas at our Central Heat Plant; and a major focus on energy efficiency investments initiated in fiscal year 2008 to help meet future fiscal year reduction targets.  Facilities Management’s Planning 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®) Sliver and at least 25 percent better requirements than code in energy utilization.

Under the energy efficiency investment program Facilities Management has 256 projects of various size and scope either completed, in progress, or under development.  Over the life of the program we have invested approximately $14.6 million dollars for a total reduction of 20,811 MTCDE, or 29.4 percent below fiscal year 2007 levels in our existing buildings.  To date, our efforts have resulted in a savings of approximately $3 million dollars in annual energy costs.