Brandeis University

Reducing fossil energy usage in campus buildings.

Brandeis found that its campus uses 25-30% more energy per square foot than comparable campuses in our climate zone, and the vast majority of Brandeis’s emissions are caused by our building energy use. These facts, combined with the inextricable link between climate change and social justice, amounted to a call to action for the Brandeis community to greatly improve its approach to energy management.

Brandeis's sustainability goals:

Reduce emissions by 15% by 2020 against a 2015 baseline

Annual energy savings


Annual MTCO2e savings


Annual MMBtu savings


Established in 1948, a large percentage of Brandeis’s building stock dates back to post-World War II construction—an era where buildings are approaching time for renewal.

Brandeis needed to address deferred maintenance and energy efficiency issues, preferably through programs that would create additional financing opportunities through energy cost savings.

GreenerU worked with the former Senior Vice President for Administration to secure funding authorization from the trustees to address deferred maintenance and energy efficiency measures with a return on investment of 10%.

GreenerU leveraged $387,000 in utility incentives to help Brandeis realize more than $718,000 in annual energy savings.


GreenerU’s extensive planning process included identifying hundreds of projects, then developing a multi-year plan that grouped and prioritized measures that would be the least disruptive to operations and generate the most savings as soon as possible. Those energy cost savings created opportunities to invest in deferred maintenance measures. Ultimately, GreenerU installed new steam pipes, air handlers, chillers, new lighting, variable frequency drives, and other measures that led to substantial reductions in energy use.