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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2011, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2010 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.

 

School name: Brown University

Date submitted: July 29, 2010

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES

 

1)  Does your school have its own formal sustainability policy and/or sustainability plan? Check all that apply.

[  ]  No

[X]  Yes, a sustainability policy. Please describe and provide the URL below.

[X]  Yes, a sustainability plan. Please describe and provide the URL below.

 

Description: Brown University’s Energy and Environment Mission Statement:  In order to develop sustainable and equitable patterns of local and global resource use, Brown University will minimize its energy use, reduce negative environmental impacts and promote environmental stewardship. Brown will use the opportunities created by these actions to further its educational, research and service missions.http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/Facilities_Management/energy.phpStrategic Energy and Environmental Plan:Facilities’ Energy and Environment team is in the process of developing a long term Energy and Environmental Plan for the University to conserve energy, lower Greenhouse Gas emissions and better control energy costs. The following areas were extensively evaluated in 2006 and will be utilized in developing this long term plan;   1. Energy and environmental metrics, benchmarking and targets   2. Energy use efficiency improvements opportunities   3. Energy conversion efficiency improvements   4. Renewable energy options   5. Procurement strategieshttp://www.brown.edu/Facilities/Facilities_Management/energy_strategic_planning.php

 

2)  Has the president of your institution signed any commitments related to environmental stewardship and/or greenhouse gas reductions? Check all that apply.

[  ]  None

[  ]  American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

[X]  Talloires Declaration
[X]  Other. Please describe: Global University Leadership Forum (Sustainable Campus Charter)


3)  Is there a sustainability component in your institution's master plan and/or strategic plan? Check all that apply.
[  ]  No
[X]  Yes, in the master plan. Please describe and provide the URL below.

[  ]  Yes, in the strategic plan. Please describe and provide the URL below.

 

Description: http://www.brown.edu/web/pae/index.html a)  Sustainability permeates the principals included in the Strategic Framework and many of the plans that followed. b)  The Corporation has mandated that all major project be LEED Silver and at least 25% better than ASHRAE (not currently included in our Institutional Master Plan but it will be amended), and the City has adopted a pretty restrictive tree coverage requirement that we will also be included in the amended Institutional Master Plan.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEES

 

4)  Does your school have any administrative councils, committees or task forces that advise on and/or implement sustainability policies and programs?

You may provide detailed information for up to three committees. If you have one advisory committee that is broken down into subcommittees, please indicate that you have one committee and answer the questions on the following page for the entire committee (the sum of data for all subcommittees).

Yes

 

Please provide the number of committees: One committee

 

Committee I

 

5)  Please provide the name of the committee and note the number of meetings held since August 2009.

 

Committee name: Energy & Environment Advisory Committee

Number of meetings: 5-6

 

6)  Please provide the number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.

When providing the data on each stakeholder group, you should provide the total number across all subcommittees (you do not need to numerate individual tallies for subcommittees).

 

 

 

Number of representatives

Administrators

 

Faculty

 

2

Staff

 

3

Students

 

4

Other. Please describe.   

 

Facilities: 2

 

7)  Please provide the name of the chair(s) of the committee for the 2009-2010 academic year, and indicate which stakeholder group the chair(s) represents.

 

 

 

Name       

 

Position

Chair 1   

 

Christopher Powell  

 

Staff

Chair 2

 

   

 

Chair 3

 

   

 

 

8)  To whom does the committee report?
[  ]  President/Chancellor
[X]  Vice President/Vice Chancellor
[  ] Other:

 

9)  Please indicate the key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2009. For each issue addressed, please indicate and describe progress made.
“Moderate” progress indicates that issues were discussed thoroughly and projects are in the early stages of planning. “Significant” progress indicates that new policies or programs were implemented, or are in the final stages of planning and approval.

 

 

 

Addressed       

 

Progress     

 

Description

Academics

Examples: minor, major and concentration programs, curricular additions, research projects

 

[  ]

 

 

Administration

Examples: procurement policies, institution-wide sustainability policy, sustainability-related staff positions

 

[  ]

 

 

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Carbon emission were reduced by 18.8% over baseline year 2007

 

Endowment

Examples: proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

 

[  ]

 

 

Energy

Examples: conservation/behavioral change programs, retrofits and efficiency improvements

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

The Energy Conservation Initiative addresses a multitude of projects that do not fall under Green Building

Food

Examples: policies to increase purchase of local/sustainably produced foods, implementing campus gardens

 

[  ]

 

 

Green Building

Examples: design or construction policy

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

All new construction and major renovations must achieve LEED silver at minimum and be 25% to 50% more efficient than code; Acquired buildings must achieve 15% to 30% more efficient than code

Student Involvement

Examples:  speaker series, peer-to-peer residential sustainability education programs, student guide to sustainable living on campus

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Community Carbon Use Reduction (CCURB); EcoReps

Transportation

Examples: incentives for use of environmentally-preferable commuting options, campus fleet improvements, connecting students with public transit     

 

[  ]

 

 

Waste Reduction

Examples: recycling, composting, reducing consumption

 

[X]

 

Significant

 

Achieved 45% diversion rate FY10

 

Water

Examples: water conservation, reducing campus pollution, bottled water campaigns

 

[X]

 

Moderate

 

Shower head inventory currently under way with intent to replace all with low flow; A movement to reduced bottled water use was begun in earnest

Other

 

[  ]

 

 

 

Committee II

 

5b)  Please provide the name of the committee and note the number of meetings held since August 2009.

 

Committee name:

Number of meetings:

 

6b)  Please provide the number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.

When providing the data on each stakeholder group, you should provide the total number across all subcommittees (you do not need to numerate individual tallies for subcommittees).

 

 

 

Number of representatives

Administrators

 

Faculty

 

Staff

 

Students

 

Other. Please describe.     

 

 

7b)  Please provide the name of the chair(s) of the committee for the 2009-2010 academic year, and indicate which stakeholder group the chair(s) represents.

 

 

 

Name      

 

Position

Chair 1    

 

 

Chair 2

 

 

Chair 3

 

 

 

8b)  To whom does the committee report?
[  ]  President/Chancellor
[  ]  Vice President/Vice Chancellor
[  ]  Other:  

 

9b)  Please indicate the key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2009. For each issue addressed, please indicate and describe progress made.
“Moderate” progress indicates that issues were discussed thoroughly and projects are in the early stages of planning. “Significant” progress indicates that new policies or programs were implemented, or are in the final stages of planning and approval.

 

 

 

Addressed  

 

Progress 

 

Description

Academics

Examples: minor, major and concentration programs, curricular additions, research projects

 

[  ]

 

 

 

Administration

Examples: procurement policies, institution-wide sustainability policy, sustainability-related staff positions

 

[  ]

 

 

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[  ]

 

 

Endowment

Examples: proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

 

[  ]

 

 

Energy

Examples: conservation/behavioral change programs, retrofits and efficiency improvements

 

[  ]

 

 

Food

Examples: policies to increase purchase of local/sustainably produced foods, implementing campus gardens

 

[  ]

 

 

Green Building

Examples: design or construction policy

 

[  ]

 

 

Student Involvement

Examples:  speaker series, peer-to-peer residential sustainability education programs, student guide to sustainable living on campus

 

[  ]

 

 

Transportation

Examples: incentives for use of environmentally-preferable commuting options, campus fleet improvements, connecting students with public transit     

 

[  ]

 

 

Waste Reduction

Examples: recycling, composting, reducing consumption

 

[  ]

 

 

Water

Examples: water conservation, reducing campus pollution, bottled water campaigns

 

[  ]

 

 

Other

 

[  ]

 

 

 

Committee III

 

5c)  Please provide the name of the committee and note the number of meetings held since August 2009.

 

Committee name:

Number of meetings:

 

6c)  Please provide the number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.

When providing the data on each stakeholder group, you should provide the total number across all subcommittees (you do not need to numerate individual tallies for subcommittees).

 

 

 

Number of representatives

Administrators

 

Faculty

 

Staff

 

Students

 

Other. Please describe.     

 

 

7c)  Please provide the name of the chair(s) of the committee for the 2009-2010 academic year, and indicate which stakeholder group the chair(s) represents.

 

 

 

Name      

 

Position

Chair 1    

 

 

Chair 2

 

 

Chair 3

 

 

 

8c)  To whom does the committee report?
[  ]  President/Chancellor
[  ]  Vice President/Vice Chancellor
[  ]  Other: 

 

9c)  Please indicate the key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2009. For each issue addressed, please indicate and describe progress made.
“Moderate” progress indicates that issues were discussed thoroughly and projects are in the early stages of planning. “Significant” progress indicates that new policies or programs were implemented, or are in the final stages of planning and approval.

 

 

 

Addressed  

 

Progress  

 

Description

Academics

Examples: minor, major and concentration programs, curricular additions, research projects

 

[  ]

 

 

Administration

Examples: procurement policies, institution-wide sustainability policy, sustainability-related staff positions

 

[  ]

 

 

Climate

Examples: draft climate action plan, greenhouse gas emissions inventory

 

[  ]

 

 

Endowment

Examples: proxy voting guidelines, investment advisory committees

 

[  ]

 

 

Energy

Examples: conservation/behavioral change programs, retrofits and efficiency improvements

 

[  ]

 

 

Food

Examples: policies to increase purchase of local/sustainably produced foods, implementing campus gardens     

 

[  ]

 

 

Green Building

Examples: design or construction policy

 

[  ]

 

 

Student Involvement

Examples:  speaker series, peer-to-peer residential sustainability education programs, student guide to sustainable living on campus

 

[  ]

 

 

Transportation

Examples: incentives for use of environmentally-preferable commuting options, campus fleet improvements, connecting students with public transit      

 

[  ]

 

 

Waste Reduction

Examples: recycling, composting, reducing consumption

 

[  ]

 

 

Water

Examples: water conservation, reducing campus pollution, bottled water campaigns

 

[  ]

 

 

Other

 

[  ]

 

 

 

OFFICE OR DEPARTMENT                                  


10) Does your school have an office or department exclusively dedicated to furthering sustainability on campus? Please note: this does not include academic programs focused on sustainability.
Please provide the number of staff in the office in terms of full-time equivalent (FTE). FTE for a full-time staff member would be 1, FTE for a half-time staff member would be 0.5.

Yes

 

Please provide details below.

 

Office name: Energy & Environmental Office

Year created: 2006

Description: The Office of Energy and Environment is committed to achieving sustained energy and environmental performance. This requires an ongoing, integrated and systematic approach to energy management including assessing performance, setting goals, creating an action plan and tracking and communicating results. Facilities Management has completed the assessment phase and has set energy and environmental goals and created the necessary processes, management systems and communication tools to achieve these goals. The Office of Energy and Environment tracks progress towards meeting these goals and communicate results through an annual Sustainability Progress Report Update.

Number of staff in office (in FTE): 2

 

SUSTAINABILITY STAFF

Please provide your answers to questions 11-12 in terms of full-time equivalent (FTE). For example, FTE for a half-time staff member would be 0.5.

 

11) Does your school employ a sustainability coordinator, director, or manager?

Your response may include faculty/staff who, in addition to their regular responsibilities, are overseeing campus sustainability initiatives (similar to the responsibilities of a full-time sustainability coordinator). For those faculty/staff partially assigned to sustainability work, please indicate time allotted for sustainability efforts in full-time equivalent (FTE).

Yes

 

Please provide details below.

 

Title:  Director of Sustainable Energy & Environmental Initiatives

Department:  Facilities Management

Time worked (in FTE):  1

Job description:  Identify opportunities to reduce Brown's adverse environmental impacts on the environment, with an emphasis on the efficient use of natural resources in a cost effective manner

 

12) Please list the titles and a brief job description for all other full- and part-time staff who are engaged in planning, implementing or managing sustainability initiatives on your campus (e.g. Assistant Sustainability Coordinator, Food Services Sustainability Coordinator, Green Office Program Manager).

Your response may include faculty/staff who, in addition to their regular responsibilities, are overseeing campus sustainability initiatives (similar to the responsibilities of a full-time sustainability coordinator). For those faculty/staff partially assigned to sustainability work, please indicate time allotted for sustainability efforts (in FTE).Your response may include graduate assistants.

 

Your response should exclude academic researchers, administrative assistants, technical support staff, and recycling/compost collections staff. Your response should also exclude information about undergraduate student interns and student employees. This information should be provided in the Student Involvement section of the survey (questions 56-61).

 

Title      

 

Department      

 

Time worked (in FTE)      

 

Job description

Energy & Environment Programs Coordinator

 

Facilities Management

 

1

 

The person in this position would perform administrative and technical work associated with Brown’s energy and environmental management programs.  This person is expected to exercise considerable independent initiative, judgment, and technical expertise in environmental activities and programs involving energy and environmental compliance and monitoring, project management, and to provide professional staff assistance on environmental issues to the energy and environmental manager.

Outreach Coordinator

 

Facilities Management

 

.25

 

Supports the Facilities Management Dept. of Energy and Environmental Programs and is the point of contact between student/faculty/staff and Facilities Management.  The Coordinator works to educate the Brown community about recycling, energy conservation and sustainability and works toward finding innovative ways of improving environmental programs at Brown.

Outreach Coordinator

 

Facilities Management

 

.25

 

Supports the Facilities Management Dept. of Energy and Environmental Programs and is the point of contact between student/faculty/staff and Facilities Management.  The Coordinator works to educate the Brown community about recycling, energy conservation and sustainability and works toward finding innovative ways of improving environmental programs at Brown.

Sustainability Intern

 

Facilities Management

 

.25

 

Interns will work on a daily basis with the Director of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Initiatives and his designees to research and implement best practices on campus.

Sustainability Intern

 

Facilities Management

 

.25

 

Interns will work on a daily basis with the Director of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Initiatives and his designees to research and implement best practices on campus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEBSITE


13) Does your school have a website detailing its sustainability initiatives?

If yes, please provide URL

http://brown.edu/Departments/Brown_Is_Green/

 

GREEN PURCHASING


14) Does your school have a formal green purchasing policy?

Yes

 

If yes, please indicate the areas to which your policy pertains, and whether purchase is required or encouraged:

 

 

 

Required      

 

Encouraged      

Appliances

 

[  ]

 

[X]

Cleaning products

 

[  ]

 

[X]

Computers/electronics

 

[  ]

 

[X]

Lighting

 

[X]

 

[  ]

Office supplies

 

[  ]

 

[X]

Paper products

 

[  ]

 

[X]

Reduced packaging for purchases               

 

[  ]

 

[X]

Other. Please describe below.

 

[  ]

 

[  ]


Other description: http://brown.edu/Administration/Purchasing/procurement/environment.html

 

15) Please indicate in which categories you regularly purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products. Check all that apply.  If possible, provide the percentage of products purchased that are ENERGY STAR qualified for each category.

 

 

 

 

 

Percentage purchased  

 

Description

[X]

 

Appliances

 

 

[X]

 

Building products

 

 

[X]

 

Computers/electronics     

 

 

[X]

 

Heating and cooling

 

 

[X]

 

Lighting and fans

 

 

[X]

 

Plumbing

 

 

 

Additional comments: Alternatives are considered if they perform equal to or better than Energy Star

 

16)  Does your school purchase environmentally preferable paper products (e.g., 100 percent post-consumer recycled content, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council)?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

For each of the items below, please indicate the percentage of purchases that contain post-consumer recycled content, are chlorine-free processed, and/or are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. Please provide approximate data, to the best of your ability, if your institution uses a decentralized purchasing structure.

               

 

 

Percentage
post-consumer
recycled content     

 

Percentage
Forest Stewardship
Council certified   

 

Percentage
chlorine-free
 processed     

 

Description

Envelopes

 

100

 

 

 

30% post-consumer or higher

Facial tissues

 

 

 

 

We do not purchase this product

Napkins

 

100

 

 

 

Notepads

 

100

 

 

 

30% post-consumer or higher

Office paper

 

90

 

40

 

 

10% post-consumer or higher

Paper towels

 

100

 

 

100

 

45% post-consumer recycled

Other. Please describe.

 

100

 

 

 

40% post-consumer recycled

 

Additional comments: 30% recycled bond and greater is used in campus copiers and printers.  In addition, as of September 2008, Graphic Services has been awarded the Forest Stewardship Council Chain-of-Custody Certification.

 

17)  Does your school purchase computers or electronics that are Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) certified?

Yes

 

If yes, please describe below.

Please indicate the portion of computer or electronics purchases that are EPEAT certified. Please provide the percentage of each product purchased that is EPEAT certified, where data are available. Note which products have been purchased in the “Product description” column (e.g., desktop computers, laptops).

 

 

 

Portion
EPEAT certified      

 

Percentage
EPEAT certified      

 

Product description (e.g. computers, printers)

Product 1

 

Some

 

 

Brown’s Computer Information Services strongly encourages and endorses the purchase of Energy Star compliant computing equipment, including computers, laptops, monitors, and printers.

Product 2

 

 

 

Product 3

 

 

 

 

FUNDING MECHANISMS

 

18)  What mechanisms does your school use to fund sustainability projects on campus? Check and describe all that apply. If no specific mechanisms are in place, indicate as such and move on to question 19.

Data collected for this question is for informational purposes only and will not be evaluated for grading.

 

[  ]  No specific mechanisms are in place.

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[  ]

 

Alumni green fund

 

[X]

 

Capital budget

 

Loan fund that is repaid with energy savings

[  ]

 

Endowment investment in on-campus sustainability projects    

 

[X]

 

Operating budget

 

Loan fund that is repaid with energy savings

[  ]

 

Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects

 

[  ]

 

Student green fee

 

[  ]    

 

Other. Please describe.

 

 

EMPLOYEE OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

19) What programs does your school facilitate that encourage sustainable behavioral change among departments, offices, faculty and staff? Check all that apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]

 

Departmental sustainability liaisons

 

Sustainability staff liason with dining staff via the Beyond the Bottle committee to aid in reduction of  bottled water purchases

[  ]

 

Green office certification program

 

[X]

 

Green office tips posted online or on staff bulletin boards

 

http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/Facilities_Management/energy_tips.php

[  ]

 

Incorporation of sustainability issues into new employee orientation

 

[X]

 

Other

 

Monthly tip emailed to faculty and staff


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CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY

 

Please note: Unless otherwise indicated, when providing data about greenhouse gas emissions levels, please provide data based on scopes 1 & 2 emissions. Scope 1 emissions refer to GHG emissions directly resulting from sources owned or operated by the institution (e.g. on-campus combustion of fossil fuels, emissions from campus vehicles). Scope 2 emissions refer to emissions generated indirectly due to the production of electricity that the institution consumes. Scope 3 emissions refer to all other indirect emissions that result from activities of the institution (e.g. employee travel).

 

GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY


20)
Has your school completed a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory? Please check all that apply.

The year the inventory was started (rather than ended) should be the year of the inventory. For example, if you began an inventory in June 2008, this would be your 2008 inventory.

[  ]  No
[  ]  In progress. Please describe status and provide estimated completion date:

[X]  Yes.  Please provide total annual GHG emissions (Scopes 1 & 2, as well as scopes 1, 2 & 3 in metric tons of CO2e). Include the start date for each year as well as the URL to each inventory, if available online, or attach the document.

 

 

Start Date         

 

Emissions level

(Scopes 1 & 2)

 

Emissions level

(Scopes 1, 2 & 3)

 

URL          

 

Notes

2009

 

July 1    

 

59,275MTCDE

 

 

 

See attached

2008

 

July 1

 

67,403MTCDE

 

 

 

See attached

2007

 

July 1

 

73,000MTCDE

 

 

 

See attached

2006

 

July 1

 

71,797MTCDE

 

 

 

See attached

2005

 

July 1

 

71,341MTCDE

 

 

 

See attached

 

Uploaded FY10 GHG Inventory.xls - 24 KB

 

COMMITMENT TO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTION

 

21) Has your school made a commitment to reduce GHG emissions a specific amount by a target year?

The commitment should be to reducing actual campus greenhouse gas emissions, and does not include offsets or renewable energy credits (purchase of RECs is addressed in question 31). For example, if the university is committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2030, and aims to do so by reducing campus emissions by 50 percent and buying offsets for the remaining 50 percent, you would indicate “50%” as the reduction level.

Yes


If yes, please list details below.

 

Reduction level (percentage): 42%

Baseline year: 2007

Baseline emissions level: 73000 MTCDE

Target year: 2020

 

Additional comments:

 

REALIZED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS

22) Has your school achieved a reduction in GHG emissions? Answer should be based on scopes 1 & 2 emissions.

Please indicate whether your school has achieved actual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. This does not include the purchase of carbon offsets or renewable energy credits. (Purchase of RECs is considered in question 31.)

Yes


If yes, please list details below.

 

Percentage reduced: 18.8

Baseline year: 2007

Baseline emissions level: 73000

Year achieved: 2009

 

Additional comments: FY2010 reduction percentage will be available August 15

 

23) Please provide GHG emissions figures in terms of gross square feet on campus for the past four years. Answers should be based on scopes 1 & 2 emissions.
Per-gross-square-foot emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total maintained building space

 

The year the inventory was started (rather than ended) should be the year of the inventory. For example, if you began an inventory in June 2008, this would be your 2008 inventory.

 

 

 

2009:

 

.00898

2008:

 

.01030

2007:

 

.01122

2006:

 

.01104

2005:

 

.01126


24) Please provide GHG emissions figures per full-time student equivalent for the past four years. Answers should be based on scopes 1 & 2 emissions.

Per full-time student equivalent emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total number of full-time equivalent students.

 

The year the inventory was started (rather than ended) should be the year of the inventory. For example, if you began an inventory in June 2008, this would be your 2008 inventory.

 

 

 

2009:

 

7.2

2008:

 

8.5

2007:

 

9.0

2006:

 

8.7

2005:

 

9.0

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY                                                 

 

25) Has your school achieved a reduction in building energy consumption compared to a 2005 baseline?

Yes


If yes, please list details below.

Data must be provided in terms of MBtus (one thousand British thermal units) .

2005 baseline year
Building energy consumption:
  824,315 
Gross square feet of building space:   6

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)

Building energy consumption 876,407

Gross square feet of building space :  7

26) Please indicate which programs or technologies your school has implemented to improve energy efficiency since 2000. Check all that apply.
[  ]    Cogeneration

[X]    Temperature setbacks

[X]    Steam trap systems

 

For the following technologies and programs, please indicate the percentage of possible campus building space in which they have been implemented.

 

 

 

 

 

Percentage of building space

[X]

 

Back pressure turbines

 

80

[X]

 

Economizers

 

80

[X]

 

Energy management system; building automation system, energy information system, or monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) system

 

75

[X]

 

Gas-fired hydronic heating systems

 

5

[X]

 

Heat recovery systems

 

20

[X]

 

LED lighting

 

2

[X]

 

Lighting sensors

 

90

[X]

 

Metering—chilled water

 

30

[X]

 

Metering—electric

 

100

[X]

 

Metering—steam

 

50

[X]

 

Other energy-efficient lighting (e.g. T5 or T8)

 

90

[X]

 

Performing system tune-ups

 

50

[X]

 

Retrocommissioning of HVAC systems (buildings must have been commissioned, retrocommissioned or re-commissioned within the last 10 years)

 

30

[X]

 

Steam turbines

 

100

[X]

 

Steam-line insulation

 

75

[  ]

 

Timers for temperature control

 

75

[  ]

 

Variable speed drives

 

[  ]

 

Vending machine sensors

 

[X]

 

Other. Please describe below.

 

95 .

 

Description: steam traps


27) What programs does your school facilitate that encourage members of the campus community to reduce energy use? Check all that apply.

[  ]

 

Audits or investigations of individual energy use 

[  ]

 

Cash incentives for energy reductions among departments

[  ]

 

Energy monitoring website or dashboard displays for buildings

[  ]

 

Energy reduction competitions among departments and/or offices

[X]

 

Fume hoods in science buildings

[X]

 

Green IT policies (e.g. enabling power management)

[X]

 

PR campaigns (increased/innovative signage, newsletters, slogans, saturation), demonstrations to raise awareness, pledge drives    

[X]

 

Trade-in or rebate programs for inefficient appliances (e.g. CFLs, refrigerators)

[X]

 

Other. Please describe: Brown Morning Mail                                                         

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION

 

28) Does your school generate renewable energy?

No

 

If yes, please provide details below.

Please check all types of renewable energy that are generated, and provide data on the percentage of your total energy consumption fulfilled by each renewable source listed. If less than one percent is fulfilled by a given source, leave percent box blank. For each type of renewable energy, please describe the production source.

 

 

 

Renewable
energy type

 

Percent of
total energy
consumption    

 

Production
source description

[  ]

 

Biomass

 

 

[  ]

 

Concentrated solar power

 

 

[  ]

 

Geothermal (shallow depth)

 

 

[  ]

 

Low-impact hydropower

 

 

[  ]

 

Photovoltaics

 

 

[  ]

 

Wind

 

 

[  ]

 

Other. Please specify below.    

 

 

 

Other description:


29) Does your school have solar hot water systems?

No

 

If yes, please specify number of systems and total MBtus generated annually, if available.

 

Number of systems:

Total MBtus generated annually:

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASE

 

30) What is the fuel mix of electricity purchased from the grid for your campus? Please provide the percentage for each source.

If less than one percent of a source is purchased, leave the percent box blank.

 

Energy source

 

Percent of total energy purchase

Coal

 

5.3

Natural Gas

 

40.5

Nuclear

 

12.8

Petroleum

 

3.5

Renewables (biomass, solar, wind, low-impact hydropower, photovoltaics, geothermal)      

 

37.4

Other. Please specify:

 

.5

Waste to energy

Percentage of overall electricity consumption purchased from the grid: 100%


31) Has your school purchased electric energy from renewable sources or renewable energy credits (RECs)?
RECs and electricity from renewable sources must be Green-e Certified or meet the requirements of the Green-e standards .

Yes

 

If yes, please describe below.

Date of most recent purchase:   May 13, 2010
Length of contract:   Two years
Average annual quantity (kWh):   116,129
Average percentage of your total annual electric energy use that it represents:   70%

 

ON-SITE COMBUSTION

 

32) Please provide total MBtus of energy for heating and cooling generated annually from on-site combustion:

580,000,000

 

33) Please list each fuel source used in on-site combustion for heating and cooling, and note the percentage of overall BTUs derived from that source:
If less than one percent of a source is purchased, leave the percent box blank.

 

Energy Source    

 

Percent of overall BTUs   

Biomass

 

Coal

 

Geothermal

 

Natural gas

 

90

Petroleum

 

10

Other. Please specify:

 

     

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FOOD & RECYCLING

Please note: The food portion of this category and information about waste reduction in dining services is covered in a separate dining survey .

 

WASTE REDUCTION

 

34) Please provide the following information pertaining to trends in waste generation per weighted campus user.

2005 baseline year

Weighted campus users:  10,238
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost):   3,493
 

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
 12,649
Total waste generated (garbage + recycling + compost):  3,324

 

RECYCLING OF TRADITIONAL MATERIALS

 

35) Please indicate which traditional materials your institution recycles. Check all that apply.

[  ]

 

None

[X]

 

Aluminum

[X]

 

Cardboard

[X]

 

Glass

[X]

 

Paper

[  ]

 

Plastics (all)

[X]

 

Plastics (some)

[X]

 

Other. Please list: metals    

 

36) Please indicate the campus-wide diversion rate of recyclable waste from traditional disposal.

The diversion rate should be calculated based on the diversion of traditional recyclables (paper, plastics, aluminum, cardboard, glass). Please do not include recycled electronic waste, recycled construction waste, or composted food and landscaping waste in the calculation of this figure.

The diversion rate is equal to the (total amount of traditional recycled materials) divided by the (total amount of landfill waste plus the total amount of traditional recycled materials).

32%

 

RECYCLING OF ELECTRONIC WASTE


37) Does your institution have an electronics recycling program?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

Please indicate recycling of the following items is available for students (through receptacles on campus, recycling drives, or other means), and/or for institutional electronics waste. Check all that apply.

 

 

 

For waste generated by students  

 

For waste generated by the institution

Batteries

 

[X]

 

[X]

Cell phones

 

[X]

 

[X]

Computers

 

[  ]

 

[X]

Light bulbs

 

[X]

 

[X]

Printer cartridges

 

[X]

 

[X]

Other E-waste. Please list items:

 

[X]

 

[X]



If possible, describe the organization and/or company you are using to collect your e-waste for recycling, and the environmental and social safeguards that they take in disposal:

WeRecycle is an eStewards founder, and a leader in socially and environmentally responsible disposal of e-waste. http://www.werecycle.com/index.asp

 

COMPOSTING (APART FROM DINING FACILITIES)


38) What percentage of your campus's landscaping waste is composted or mulched?

100%


39) Do you provide composting receptacles around campus in locations other than dining halls (e.g., in residence halls, offices, academic buildings)?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

[  ]  

 

Academic buildings

[  ]  

 

Offices

[X]  

 

Outdoors

[  ]  

 

Residence halls

 

Description:

There are three composting receptacles on campus; at the community garden, the student garden, and at the environmental program house

 

SOURCE REDUCTION


40) Does your campus run any source-reduction initiatives (e.g., end-of-semester furniture or clothing swaps and collections)?

Yes

 

If yes, please check and describe all of the programs below that are in place at your institution:

 

 

 

 

Description

[X]  

 

Limited printing

 

Each student is given only a $30 credit at the beginning of each semester

[X]  

 

Move-in waste reduction

 

Large recycling containers are placed strategically near dorms and signs are posted with directional arrows.  Custodial service personnel and grounds crew work to assist parents and students in getting their packing boxes to the recycling bins

[X]  

 

Move-out waste reduction

 

Brown partners with a local charitable organization who in turns partners with 16 additional partners to remove all unwanted goods from campus.

[X]  

 

Year-round materials exchange programs      

 

Brown has a surplus program which is managed through the purchasing department

[  ]  

 

Other

 


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GREEN BUILDING

 

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION


41) Does your school have a formal green building policy pertaining to design and construction for new buildings and major renovations?

Yes

 

If yes, please describe policy and provide URL to the full policy, if available:

http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/Facilities_Management/energy_admin_approved_rec.phpBrown will 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), furthering sustainability goals


42) Please provide the following information about LEED-certified buildings on your campus:

Total number of LEED-certified buildings: 1

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:      

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level   

 

  

 

Silver-level

 

168,800

 

Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences

Gold-level

 

 

Platinum-level   

 

 

 

43) Please provide information about campus buildings that meet LEED certification criteria, but are not certified.

Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria : 6

 

 

 

Combined gross square footage:    

 

Building name(s):

Certified-level criteria met, but not certified

 

41,063  

 

Rhode Island Hall; Pembroke Hall

Silver-level criteria met, but not certified

 

136,000  

 

Aquatics and Fitness Center

Gold-level criteria met, but not certified

 

180,239  

 

Creative Arts Center; Medical Education Building

Platinum-level criteria met, but not certified   

 

36,000  

 

Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center at Faunce House

 

44) Please provide information about buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.

Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings:  
0
Combined gross square footage:
Building names:

 

45) Please provide information about buildings on your campus that meet the standards of other third-party green building certifications (e.g. Green Globes).

Certification type:
  0
Total number of buildings:
     
Combined gross square footage: 

Building names:  

 

46) For the 2009-2010 academic year, what percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfills?

92.5%

 

ADAPTIVE REUSE

 

47) Please provide information about adaptive reuse projects your campus has completed since the year 2000.

Total number of adaptive reuse projects completed since the year 2000:   10


Please provide additional details for up to ten of the most comprehensive projects:

 

Project name     

 

Square footage  

 

Former use       

 

Current use      

 

Additional details

Alpert Medical School

 

134,800

 

Manufacturing Facility

 

Medical Education Facility

 

http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/Building_Brown/projects/meded/

Cognitive Linguistic Psychological Sciences (CLiPS)

 

73,300

 

Chemistry and research laboratory

 

Offices, classrooms, meeting and conference rooms

 

http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/Building_Brown/projects/mindbrain/

J.W.Wilson Student Resource Building

 

66,968

 

Laboratory space

 

Offices, seminar space, and a variety of student resources

 

http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/Building_Brown/projects/jww/

Smith-Buonanno Hall

 

17,602

 

Gymnasium

 

Classroom space

 

125-127 Waterman Street

 

13,000

 

Historic House

 

30 studio apartments for grad students

 

The renovation included interior fit-outs, new HVAC and fire protection systems, accessibility improvements, and a full exterior renovation.

71-73 Charlesfield Street

 

9,300

 

Historic House built 1870

 

20 studio apartments for grad students

 

The renovation included interior fit-outs, new HVAC and fire protection systems, and accessibility improvements

79 Charlesfield Street

 

9,400

 

Historic House built 1865

 

20 studio apartments for visiting scholars

 

The renovation included interior fit-outs, new HVAC and fire protection systems, and accessibility improvements.

70 Ship Street

 

106,672

 

Manufacturing Facility

 

laboratories

 

10 Park Lane

 

78,241

 

Warehouse

 

Administrative and storage

 

Horrace Mann

 

16,301

 

Historic House built 1854

 

Academic Functions

 


48) Please provide the student enrollment and gross square footage of buildings on campus in the 2000-2001 academic year.

 

Student enrollment (FTE):   7,673

Square footage:   6

 

49) Please provide the student enrollment and gross square footage of buildings on campus for the 2009-2010 academic year.

 

Student enrollment (FTE):   8,261

Square footage:   7

 

OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE


50) Does your school have a formal green building policy specifically pertaining to operations and maintenance?

Yes

 

If yes, please describe policy and provide URL to the full policy, if available:

Our Energy & Environment guidelines can be found at: http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/Facilities_Management/docs/FDG/01/301/01301C.doc.  In addition, although we don't yet have an official green cleaning policy, its been an important part of Brown's culture since 2004.


51) Please provide the following information about LEED-EB certified buildings on your campus:

Total number of LEED-EB certified buildings:  0
Combined gross square footage: 
Building names:

 

52) Please provide the following information about buildings that meet LEED-EB certification criteria but are not certified:

Total number of buildings that meet LEED-EB criteria but are not certified: 0
Combined gross square footage: 
Building names:

 

WATER MANAGEMENT

 

53) Has your institution reduced its water consumption per weighted campus user, as compared to a 2005 baseline?
Weighted campus users = (1 * number of on-campus residents) + (0.75 * number of non-residential or commuter full-time students, faculty and staff members) + (0.5 * number of non-residential or commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members) .

Yes

 

If yes, please provide the following information:

2005 baseline year
Weighted campus users:
  10238
Water consumed (gallons):  24.5 mm gallons

Performance year (most recent year for which data are available)
Weighted campus users:
  12649
Water consumed (gallons):   19.5 mm gallons

 

54) Please indicate which of the following water-conservation technologies have been installed in existing buildings on campus. Check all that apply. For each item, please indicate the percentage of possible campus building space in which the technology has been installed.

For example, if dual-flush toilets have been installed in all bathrooms on campus, you would indicate “100” as the percentage of building space in which the technology has been installed.

 

 

 

 

Percentage of building space     

[X]  

 

Building water metering

 

25

[X]  

 

Dual-flush toilets

 

3

[  ]  

 

Gray water systems

 

[  ]  

 

Laundry technology

 

[  ]  

 

Leak detection and reduction  

 

[X]  

 

Low-flow faucets

 

75

[X]  

 

Low-flow showerheads

 

90

[  ]  

 

Non-potable water usage

 

[  ]  

 

Waterless urinals

 

[  ]  

 

Xeriscaping

 

N/A

[  ]  

 

Weather-informed irrigation

 

N/A

[  ]  

 

Other. Please describe below.  

 

 

Other description:

 

55) What stormwater management technologies or strategies are used on your campus?

[X]

 

Living or vegetated roofs  

[  ]

 

Porous pavement

[  ]

 

Retention ponds

[  ]

 

Stone swales

[  ]

 

Vegetated swales

[  ]

 

Other. Please describe:  

 

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Information concerning energy management will be drawn from question 26 (Climate Change & Energy) . If you wish to provide any additional information about energy-efficiency technologies installed in campus buildings, please attach it in a supplemental document at the end of the survey.


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STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

 

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES

 

56) Please list sustainability-themed residential communities or housing options at your school.

 A sustainability-themed residential community is created specifically to provide students with a living-and-learning experience focused on sustainability.  Students must have actively selected or applied to live in the residence. Example: Synergy House at Colorado College .

 

For each sustainability-themed residential community, please provide the following information:

 

Name of program     

 

Type of community     

 

Number of students involved     

 

Additional details

Environmental House

 

 

14

 

West House is the environmental program house at Brown and its residents are a cheerful mix of people committed to environmentalism, social activism and the arts. At any given moment, West House is bustling with activity and you can always find people cooking food, making tea, playing music and discussing how to bring change to the world. Unlike dormitories, West House is a small community of 14 residents. This provides the residents with a space where it is comfortable to develop new relationships with one another and to discover one's self while having a blast. Located on the corner of Brown and Meeting streets, West House is a small, cozy house with a balcony, living room and garden. http://reslife.brown.edu/current_students/program_housing.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION


57) Does a portion of your new student orientation specifically cover sustainability?

Yes

 

If yes, please check and describe all ways in which sustainability is incorporated into new student orientation:

[  ]  

 

Skits, speakers, or presentations that take place in large venues that most or all first-year students attend. Topics must include at least one of the following: promoting the Office of Sustainability, student campus sustainability groups, or sustainability as an important campus issue.

[X]  

 

Incorporating sustainability information into presentations made by RAs to individual hallways.

[  ]  

 

Active engagement of students in activities that raise awareness about sustainability, highlight how sustainability occurs on campus, or in which students take part in a productive activity, such as volunteer work or projects (e.g., working in the on-campus garden).

[  ]  

 

Making orientation more sustainable through efforts such as a zero-waste meal or carbon offsets.

[X]  

 

Other. Please describe:

 - RPL Scavenger Hunt which leads to a freshman dorm recycling center which was overhauled with a sustainability themed mural in 2010- Informational program presented by EcoReps to RPL's- Green themed room during orientation in which freshmen are invited to take part in activities, games, and crafts

 

INTERNSHIPS/OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES


58) Does your school offer on-campus, office-based sustainability internships or jobs for students during the academic year?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide the number of students and average number of hours worked weekly per student below.

 

 

 

Number of students:     

 

Average hours worked weekly per student:    

Paid positions

 

2

 

10-15

Unpaid positions

 

 


59) Does your school have residence hall Eco-Reps or a similar program to promote behavioral change on campus?

 

If yes, please provide the URL to the program's website. If not, select “no.”

http://brownecoreps.wordpress.com/

 

Please provide the following details about the number of students involved in program, their average working hours, and any compensation that they receive.

 

 

 

Number of students:     

 

Average hours worked weekly per student:

Paid positions.

 

2

 

10-15

Positions that award academic credit.  

 

 

Uncompensated positions.

 

200

 

1

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

 

60) Does your school organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

Yes, two competitions.

 

For each competition or challenge that is run on campus, please provide the details requested. You may provide detailed information for up to three competitions.

 

First Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: Recylemania

Year Initiated: 2004

Website: http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/university_detail08.asp?ID=2982

 

Frequency that competition is run:   Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe.  

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[X]

 

Faculty

[X]

 

Staff

[X]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe:  

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Cash

 

[X]  

 

Non-monetary prizes  

 

Fun events like a waste-free dinner and decorating your own re-useable drinking cup

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Energy conservation  

 

[X]  

 

Waste reduction

 

through reusing, mindful purchasing, and recycling

[  ]

 

Water conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:   Increased our recycling rate over previous year by 7%, sent 61 tons less material to the landfill and 35 tons more to recycling

Lasting effects of competition:   The support we gain during this event to bolster our existing infrastructure is the most valuable lasting effect of this competition.  Long after the competition is over, the changes we implemented during its ten week course remain in place.

Additional Information:  

 

Second Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name: Dorm Energy Competition

Year Initiated: 2010

Website: http://brownecoreps.wordpress.com/category/dorm-energy-competition/

 

Frequency that competition is run:  Once annually

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[X]

 

Students

 

[  ]

 

Faculty

 

[X]

 

Staff

 

[  ]

 

Administrators

 

[  ]

 

Other, please describe.  

 

 

Participants in the competition:

[X]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[  ]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, describe:  

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Cash

 

[X]  

 

Non-monetary prizes  

 

gift certificates to local stores

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[X]  

 

Energy conservation

 

measured by kWh

[  ]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[  ]  

 

Water conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 


Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:   None of the four inaugural program dorms succeeded in reducing its energy consumption over the course of the competition.

Lasting effects of competition:   Upon conclusion of the first energy competition we began developing  plans for a campus wide competition in the fall when we will not only be competing against our peers at Brown but also against students at other schools across the country.

Additional Information:   The important lessons we learned from our first competition:    * Earlier and more thorough publicity, including emails, a Facebook event, etc. to create a buzz among the student body.    * Conduct programs or hold meetings with the RPLs to answer students’ questions about the competition.    * More consistent blog and weekly result updates.    * Real time dashboard monitoring of energy consumption.  30 buildings will be on-line for the fall compeitition

 

Third Competition:

 

Competition Overview

 

Competition Name:

Year Initiated:

Website:

 

Frequency that competition is run:

 

Groups involved in coordinating the competition:

[  ]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[  ]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, please describe.

   

 

Participants in the competition:

[  ]

 

Students

[  ]

 

Faculty

[  ]

 

Staff

[  ]

 

Administrators

[  ]

 

Other, describe:

 

Incentives for participation:

 

 

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Cash

 

[  ]  

 

Non-monetary prizes

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

Goals of competition:

 

 

Describe:

[  ]  

 

Energy conservation  

 

[  ]  

 

Waste reduction

 

[  ]  

 

Water conservation

 

[  ]   

 

Other

 


Percent of energy and/or resource use reduction resulting from the competition:  

Lasting effects of competition:  

Additional Information:  

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS


61) Does your school have active student-run organizations devoted to sustainability efforts on campus?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide names of organizations, a brief description of each, and URLs for the organizations’ websites, if available:

Name

 

Description

 

URL

Beyond the Bottle

 

Beyond the Bottle  is an organization working to eliminate the supply and demand of bottled water on Brown's campus. Our work involves coordinating with staff and faculty to find and implement new strategies for providing drinking water on a daily basis and at special events. We also focus heavily on personal outreach to students, faculty, and staff in an effort to foster a community of educated individuals who choose tapped water over bottled water.

 

http://www.beyondthebottle.org/

 

 

 

 

 

Bikes @ Brown

 

bikes @ brown Members of the Brown Outing Club  (BOC) launched a bike-share in the spring of 2009. Their initial investiment included three new Schwinn Cruisers and four Mongoose mountain bikes. The bikes are available from an office in the university student center and can be signed out for up to two days by students who pay a $5 yearly membership fee. A $20 deposit applies, which is returned when the bike is returned.

 

http://brown.edu/Students/Brown_Outing_Club/

 

 

 

 

 

Brown progress initiative (bpi)

 

Brown progress initiative (bpi) BPI is a multidisciplinary think-tank for sustainable product design and development. Composed of subcommittees in the sciences, engineering, business/finance, and technology, BPI seeks to harness the creative energy of the entire Brown community to cultivate innovative solutions for a changing world. Ideas will aim to create profitable products by solving current needs in a "green" manner, and BPI will work together to bring its ideas to market.

 

http://mygroups.brown.edu/Home?action=getOrgHome&orgID=428

 

 

 

 

 

Campus Climate

 

Campus Climate is the starting point in gaining the advice and funding associated with the MEEIO fund (allocated for small to medium projects that will help Brown decrease its carbon footprint) and Supply Chain Sustainability Funding (targeted at increasing the efficiency of the University’s supply chain to accrue environmental, social and financial benefits).  The project process involves going through development stages with a Sustainability Intern and the Office of Energy and Environment and review by the EEAC in order to achieve a sophisticated project that will be funded in order to achieve a meaningful impact.  Please contact Benjamin_L_Howard@brown.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EcoFlow

 

EcoFlow is concerned with water conservation and management on campus. Currently, we are focused on upgrading water fixtures (shower heads and faucets) to high-efficiency models. Contact tim.dingman.11@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EcoReps

 

EcoReps are passionate, environmentally minded individuals who work with Facilities Management to help raise environmental awareness and foster green living habits among all Brown students. EcoReps develop and implement creative projects that inspire the Brown community to protect the planet in their everyday actions. We operate on the philosophy that we can improve the environment by making simple changes in our lifestyles. Past projects include: collecting recyclables at football games, painting murals and handing out CFL light bulbs in dorms.  We also coordinate annual events such as RecycleMania and CleanBreak.

 

http://www.brownecoreps.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

 

 

emPOWER

 

emPOWER is a an umbrella organization of environmental groups on campus. We facilitate a space and time for groups to meet, pool resources, and give updates. Our weekly e-mail digest provides information about environmental opportunities at Brown and in the community. Not sure what to get involved in? Want to start something entirely new? Join us Sunday in Wilson 302 at 9:00 PM and we’ll hook you in to a great network of environmentalists.

 

http://www.empowerbrown.org/

 

 

 

 

 

Real Food at Brown

 

Real Food at Brown seeks to ensure that Brown University is a responsible participant in the local, national, and international food economy. We work to increase Brown's dining purchases of local, organic, and sustainable food and the transparency of its buying practices. We're an offshoot of the Real Food Challenge, a nationwide student movement concerned with justice and sustainability in the food system. Contactlillian.h.mathews@gmail.comfor more information.

 

http://envstudies.brown.edu/BrownDiningServices.html

 

 

 

 

 

The Sustainable Food Initiative

 

The Sustainable Food Initiative is a student group working on promoting local, sustainable food options and awareness at Brown. SuFI manages the on-campus student-run garden, a community-supported agriculture Market Shares program, film screenings, and events on campus. Contactjessica_daniels@brown.edufor more information.

 

http://students.brown.edu/sufi//potato/

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond the Bag

 

Beyond the Bagseeks to reduce plastic bag consumption on campus and in the Brown community. We are taking a community based social marketing approach, directly educating consumers about the environmental harms of plastic bag consumption in an effort to reduce demand. We need volunteers to help us staff bag swaps outside grocery stores this semester and to work with local businesses to find alternatives to plastic bags. Contactmelanie_friedrichs@brown.edufor more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Carbon Reduction at Brown

 

CCURB (Community Carbon Reduction at Brown) is a program that provides funding to student-led projects aimed at reducing the carbon output of the community outside of Brown. (For on-campus projects, see EEAC.) Past and current projects include Project 20/20 (replacing incandescent with CFLs) and Pump It Up (properly inflating tires to increase fuel efficiency). Submit your proposal for funding approval today! Please contact danielle.dahan@gmail.com  for more information

 

http://brown.edu/Departments/CCURB/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

emerging green leaders

 

emerging green leaders (egl) EGL are Brown University students and young professionals intent on being part of the green building movement that is rapidly taking hold across the nation. Students are invited to collaborate with and join the Rhode Island Green Building Council, Emerging Green Builders Committee, or any other related committees. The R.I. Green Building Council will offer hands-on education and training workshops, promote sustainability practices, sponsor design competitions, conduct building tours, match students with "green" mentors, and provide internships and leadership opportunities.

 

emerging green leaders (egl) EGL are Brown University students and young professionals intent on being part of the green building movement that is rapidly taking hold across the nation. Students are invited to collaborate with and join the Rhode Island Green Building Council, Emerging Green Builders Committee, or any other related committees. The R.I. Green Building Council will offer hands-on education and training workshops, promote sustainability practices, sponsor design competitions, conduct building tours, match students with "green" mentors, and provide internships and leadership opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS

 

ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS (EWB)A group of students and faculty dedicated to using engineering for social and environmental good. To that end, EWB-Brown facilitates working relationships with other groups and communities, in Providence and beyond, to pursue opportunities for socially conscious and environmentally sustainable design.

 

http://students.brown.edu/ewb

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Leadership Environmental Education Project

 

OLEEP  (Outdoor Leadership Environmental Education Project) is a mentoring program for Met High School students. Brown volunteers engage with the Met students in one-on-one mentoring relationships, weekly environmental education/science workshops, and camping or backpacking trips. OLEEP strives to foster individual environmental awareness, experiential science education, personal challenge, and leadership skills in Brown and Met students as they learn from each other. Contactbrownoleep@gmail.com.

 

http://swearercenter.brown.edu/opportunities/

 

 

 

 

 

The Sustainability Consulting Partnership

 

The Sustainability Consulting Partnership(SCP) is a student organization committed to helping businesses and organizations in the greater Providence area achieve sustainability goals and reduce environmental impact while driving the economic bottom line. The impact of a business on the environment is deeply multi-dimensional, and includes its carbon footprint as well as resource use, waste outputs, site planning, and more. The SCP team works with businesses to develop and implement innovative approaches to their everyday operations. SCP hopes to contribute to the long-term success of our economy, our society, and our planet. Contactspencer_fields@brown.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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TRANSPORTATION

 

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

 

62) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?
The fleet includes all vehicles owned by the campus such as cars, trucks, and carts. It does not include lawnmowers or other off-road vehicles.

130

 

63) Please indicate which of the following alternative-fuel vehicles are included in your fleet. Check all that apply. Please list the number of vehicles for each class.

 

 

 

 

Number of vehicles

[X]  

 

100 percent electric

 

7

[  ]  

 

Diesel-electric hybrid

 

[  ]  

 

Fueled with B20 or higher biofuel for more than 6 months of the year

 

[  ]  

 

Fueled with E85 or higher ethanol for more than 6 months of the year    

 

[X]  

 

Gasoline-electric hybrid

 

5

[  ]  

 

Hydrogen fueled

 

[  ]  

 

Plug-in hybrid

 

[X]  

 

Other. Please describe:

flex fuel

 

8

 


COMMUTE MODAL SPLIT

64) What portion of the student body commutes via transportation methods other than single-occupancy vehicles (e.g., bicycle, walking, public transportation, carpool/vanpool)?

98%

 

If data are available, please provide the percentage of students who commute by each of the following means.

 

 

 

Percentage

Bicycle

 

Carpool/vanpool

 

Public transit

 

32%

Single-occupancy vehicle    

 

Walking

 

 

65) What percentage of employees commute via transportation methods other than single-occupancy vehicles (e.g., bicycle, walking, public transportation, carpool)?

61%

 

If data are available, please provide the percentage of employees who commute by each of the following means.

 

 

 

Percentage

Bicycle

 

Carpool/vanpool

 

Public transit

 

17%

Single-occupancy vehicle    

 

Walking

 

 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES

 

66) Does your school offer incentives for carpooling to faculty, staff and/or students? Check all that apply, and describe below.

[  ] No

[X] Yes, to faculty and staff

[  ] Yes, to students

 

Description:  A Brown-only carpool forum to find other Brown community members who want to form or join a carpool.  Carpool parking is paid via proportionate pre-tax payroll deduction.


Please check and describe carpooling incentives provided for faculty/staff . Check all that apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[  ]  

 

Carpool matching

 

[  ]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

[  ]  

 

Preferential parking

 

[X]  

 

Other

 

pre-tax payroll deduction


Please check and describe carpooling incentives provided for students . Check all that apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[  ]  

 

Carpool matching

 

[  ]  

 

Financial remuneration  

 

[  ]  

 

Preferential parking

 

[  ]  

 

Other

 

 

67) Does your school offer subsidies for the use of public transportation?

 

http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Finance_and_Admin/transportation/RIPTA/index.html

 

  

 

 

 

Eligible community members:

 

Size of the discount (as a percent of full price)

[X]  

 

Faculty

 

100

[X]  

 

Staff

 

100

[X]  

 

Students   

 

100


[   ]  Check here if subsidy takes the form of pre-tax payroll deduction. Please describe below:

 

68) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?

 

http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Finance_and_Admin/transportation/saferide/

 

  

 

69) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?

 

http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Finance_and_Admin/transportation/saferide/brownoncall.htm

 

  

 

BICYCLE PROGRAM

 

70) Does your school offer a bicycle sharing/rental program?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.


Year created:   2008
Number of bikes available:   7
Usage fee per hour:     
Usage fee per day:   

 

Annual membership fee for students:  $5

Annual membership fee for faculty, staff, and administrators:   $5

Other annual membership fee: 

 

Description: Members of the Brown Outing Club (BOC) launched a bike-share in the spring of 2009. Their initial investiment included three new Schwinn Cruisers and four Mongoose mountain bikes. The bikes are available from an office in the university student center and can be signed out for up to two days by students who pay a $5 yearly membership fee. A $20 deposit applies, which is returned when the bike is returned.

 

71) Does your school offer bicycle repair services?

No

 

If yes, please provide details below:


Year created:  
Service fee:  
Description:  

 

CAR SHARING PROGRAM

 

72) Does your school partner with a car-sharing program?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

Year created:   2008
Total number of vehicles:  14
Number of hybrid vehicles:    2
Usage fee per hour:   http://www.zipcar.com/brown/learn-more?plan_key=brown_sponsored_plan
Usage fee per day:   http://www.zipcar.com/brown/learn-more?plan_key=brown_sponsored_plan


Annual membership fee for students:  $30

Annual membership fee for faculty, staff, and administrators:  $30

Other annual membership fee:  $30

 

Description: Others = community members.Application fee is waived for students, faculty and staffhttp://www.brown.edu/Administration/Finance_and_Admin/transportation/ZIPCAR/

 

PLANNING

 

73) Does your school have policies that support a pedestrian-friendly or bike-friendly campus (e.g., in the school's master plan, a policy prohibiting vehicles from the center of campus)?

We support alternative transportation and have bike racks located throughout campus.  In addition, Facilities is working on a plan to build an enclosed storage and place to shower in support of biking to Brown.  Some buildings already have shower facilities.  In addition, the students have initiated a bike rental program to support biking vs. driving.

 

74) Do you offer the option of a condensed work week or telecommuting to at least ten percent of full-time employees? For each option, please indicate who is eligible.

 

 

 

 

Employees eligible

 

Description:

[  ]  

 

Telecommuting

 

 

[  ]  

 

Condensed work week  

 

 

 

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STATISTICS

 

75) Campus setting:        

Urban

 

76) Total number of buildings on campus:

234

 

77) Combined gross square footage of all buildings on campus: 

6,500,000+

 

78) Full-time enrollment (undergraduate + graduate, headcount at start of academic year): 

8,261

 

79) Part-time enrollment (undergraduate + graduate, headcount at start of academic year): 

87

 

80) Percent of full-time students that live on campus: 

80%

 

 

OTHER AREAS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT

Question 81 is for informational purposes only; responses will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

81) Please check all items that apply to your institution:

 

 

 

 

 

Description (optional)

[X]    

 

Campus garden or farm

 

http://students.brown.edu/sufi//potato/; and http://envstudies.brown.edu/placesandthings/uelgarden.html

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Disposable water bottle ban

 

A movement to reduce use began late 2008 and last fiscal year a committee was formed to assess the viability of banning bottled water from campus: http://www.brown.edu/Student_Services/Food_Services/community/beyondthebottle.php

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Environmental science/studies major (undergraduate-level)

 

http://envstudies.brown.edu/academics/

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Environmental science/studies minor or concentration (undergraduate-level)   

 

http://envstudies.brown.edu/academics/

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Graduate-level environmental studies program (graduate-level)

 

http://envstudies.brown.edu/academics/masters.html

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Graduate-level sustainability studies program

 

 

 

 

 

 

[X]    

 

Outdoors club

 

http://students.brown.edu/Brown_Outing_Club/Brown_Outing_Club/Home.html

 

 

 

 

 

[X]     

 

Participation in Recyclemania

 

http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/university_detail08.asp?ID=2982

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Single-stream recycling

 

Dual Stream: fiber (paper and cardboard) and bottles and cans (plastic, aluminum, glass, metals)

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Student trustee position

 

Young Alumna: http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2009/05/trustees

 

 

 

 

 

[  ]    

 

Sustainability major, minor or concentration (undergraduate-level)   

 

 


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