Brown University

Thinking BIG: Brown is green.

Brown seeks to carry interdisciplinary research on sustainability issues beyond the classroom and laboratory through mutually beneficial collaborations with campus operations. Since 2007, Brown has achieved a 27% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions—the result of a bold, ambitious vision.

Brown's sustainability goals:

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 42% below 2007 levels by 2020

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Brown was halfway toward its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals in 2011 when GreenerU started working closely with Assistant Vice President of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Initiatives Chris Powell in addressing particular challenges that Brown had identified.

Working closely with Brown, GreenerU has identified and analyzed more than 100 projects over six years. This is a result of a symbiotic relationship where GreenerU has been able to interpret Brown’s vision and formulate action plans around ideas. These projects have encompassed a wide variety of conventional energy-efficiency upgrades, along with a variety of more innovative solutions. In addition, GreenerU supported Brown in designing a streamlined process for selecting and implementing projects in order of priority, integrating energy management and behavior change programs for residence halls with a building optimization platform.

Working closely with Brown, GreenerU has identified and analyzed more than 100 projects over six years.


GreenerU has performed a large variety of energy-efficiency work at Brown, including controls upgrades, ventilation optimization, and occupant-focused behavioral initiatives in laboratories across campus; designing and implementing Brown-specific analytic tools to monitor, measure, and verify building performance and flag anomalies (now deployed in more than 80 buildings encompassing 4 million square feet); the Dorm Energy-Efficiency Project (DEEP), an integrated energy-management and behavior-change program for 34 residence halls; controls-intensive energy-efficiency retrocommissioning projects in six academic buildings; more than 4 million square feet of customized lighting solutions; and identifying and repairing a number of non-functioning or underperforming HVAC systems.