University Commitments

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals

On January 24, 2008 President Simmons announced Brown’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals.  They call for a 42 percent reduction below 2007 levels (equivalent to 15 percent below 1990 levels) by 2020. 

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.  

More information about the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals and how Brown is achieving them can be found in the Annual Sustainability Report.  

Signatory of International Sustainable Campus Network’s Sustainable Campus Charter


When President Simmons signed the Sustainable Campus Charter, Brown became a partner in the International Sustainable Campus Network, whose purpose is to enhance universities' commitments to construct, redesign, and organize their campuses in an exemplary and sustainable way and to include the experiences in their education.