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Report Card 2010

Brown University

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, 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 2009. 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.

 

Name: Christopher Powell
Title: Director of Sustainable Energy & Environmental Initiatives
Date survey submitted: July 8, 2009

ADMINISTRATION

SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES
1) Does your school have its own formal sustainability policy?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

The Energy and Environmental office 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 Energy and Environmental Office tracks progress towards meeting these goals and communicate results through the Sustainability Progress Report, which is updated quarterly with emissions data updated annually. 

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

2) Has the president of your institution signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)?
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. If completed, please provide the date the GHG Report was submitted to the ACUPCC:

3) Has your institution signed the Talloires Declaration?
[  ]  No
[X]  Yes

4) 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 URL, if available:

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.
[X]  Yes, in the strategic plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

 http://www.brown.edu/webmaster/strategic_framework/.

   a) The first planning principle in the Strategic Framework, “Develop a circulation infrastructure to foster community and enhance the campus and its surroundings” is all about transportation.  First, it emphasizes that we should create a pedestrian friendly environment in and around campus to encourage people to walk more.  This builds community and is more sustainable.  Second, its emphasis on a shuttle system was the impetus behind our UPass with RIPTA and the current Brown shuttle.  Not only has this resulted in far fewer cars on campus, but it does help foster community as people get out of their SOV’s.  When the Strategic Framework was complete we were parking close to 500 student cars on-campus.  Now that number is down to 50.

   b) The second planning principle in the Strategic Framework, “Consolidate the Core” is a sustainable strategy in itself, enabling pedestrian focused development, greater efficiencies in utilities, more effective mass transit, and a smaller development footprint.  It also focuses on the reuse of buildings first – before planning new buildings – and nearly all of our projects are going this way.  It also refers to returning smaller houses to compatible uses, which allows us to be more efficient in these houses.

   c)  The Walk Master Plan - a direct outgrowth of the Strategic Framework – focuses on the development of more open space and includes design guidelines for plantings – native plants, lawns as defined spaces with ground cover as the default, street tree details to ensure rapid growth, etc.

 

ADVISORY COUNCIL
5) Does your school have a council or committee that advises on and/or implements policies and programs related to sustainability?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes

If you answered "No" to question 5, please proceed directly to question 11.

6) Please provide the name of the committee and list the number of meetings held since August 2008.
Name: Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee
Number of meetings: Seven (7)

7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.
[#   0]  Administrators
[#   2]  Faculty
[#   5]  Staff
[#   4]  Students
[#   0]  Other. Please describe:

8) 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.
If 2009-2010 academic year information is not yet available, please provide information for 2008-2009 instead.
Name of chair(s): Christopher Powell
Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student): Staff

9) To whom does the committee report (e.g., president, vice president)?
Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration and the President’s Community Council (Brown University Community Council (BUCC))


10) Please list key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2008.
Key issues/programs that the group has addressed/implemented since August 2008:
Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:

Received approval to create campus wide sustainability program along with $1 Million loan to fund sustainability initiatives that are not related to energy.

SUSTAINABILITY STAFF
11) Does your school employ sustainability staff (excluding student employees and interns)?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please provide titles and number of sustainability staff.
[# 2]  Number of full-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [Director of Sustainable Energy & Environmental Initiatives; Energy & Environmental Programs Coordinator]
[#    ]  Number of part-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [        ]

12) Does the head of the sustainability staff report directly to the president or another high-level administrator (e.g., vice president, vice chancellor)?
[  ]  N/A
[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe: The Director of Sustainable Energy & Environmental Initiatives reports to the Vice President of Facilities Management, who reports to the Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration, who reports to the President of Brown University

OFFICE OR DEPARTMENT
13) Does your school have an office or department specifically dedicated to furthering sustainability on campus?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe (including name of office or department and year created): The Energy & Environmental Office within the Facilities Management Department was created in 2006 and as of 2009 encompasses campus wide sustainability issues

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

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please provide URL: www.brown.edu/BIG

GREEN PURCHASING
15) Does your school have a formal green purchasing policy?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe policy and provide URL to full policy, if available:

http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Purchasing/procurement/environment.html

Faculty, Staff, and others are strongly encouraged to take a pro-active position in identifying and examining opportunities to procure “environmental friendly” materials/equipment. This initiative should focus along the complete “supply chain” management process including assessment of alternative materials, vendor sourcing and selection, and ultimate disposal of waste/surplus.

16) Does your school purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products?
[  ]  No
[X]  Some. Please describe: Alternatives are considered if they perform equal to or better than Energy Star
[  ]  All

17) Does your school purchase environmentally preferable paper products (e.g., 100 percent post-consumer recycled content, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council)?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[X]  All. Please describe: 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.


18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[X]  All. Please describe: Brown began their green cleaning endeavor in 2004 and has a variety of product at their disposal, including Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, and is continually testing new products as they become available.

19) Are your school's computer/electronics purchase decisions made in accordance with standards such as the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)?

[  ]  No
[X]  Some. Please describe: Brown’s Computer Information Services strongly encourages and endorses the purchase of Energy Star compliant computing equipment, including computers, laptops, monitors, and printers.
[  ]  All

20) Does your school use only pesticides that meet the standards for organic crop production set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or Canadian Organic Standards (excluding on-campus farms)?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:
[X]  All

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS INVENTORY
21) Has your school completed a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory?

Please check all that apply.
[  ]  No.
[  ]  In progress. Please describe status and provide estimated completion date:
[X]  Yes.  Please provide total annual GHG emissions (in metric tons of CO2e). Also, include the start date for each year as well as the URL to each inventory, if available online, or attach the document.

Fiscal Year Start Date for each year is July 1 and ends June 30:

Fiscal years 1991 through 2006 are as indicated on the chart embedded in this document. 

2007: 73,000 (baseline year for reduction goal)

2008: 67,403 (year one post goal announcement)

 
COMMITMENT TO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTION
The purchase of carbon offsets does not count toward greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions for this indicator. They are counted in a subsequent indicator.
22) Has your school made a commitment to reducing GHG emissions by a specific amount?
[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please list details.
Brown will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 42 percent below 2007 levels (equivalent to 15 percent below 1990 levels) by 2020 for existing buildings.


If you answered only "No" or "In progress" to question 21, please now skip to question 27.

REALIZED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS
23) Has your school achieved a reduction in GHG emissions?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please list details.
During our first year (FY2008) with the new Greenhouse Gas reduction goals, Brown University reduced its energy-related carbon footprint by 7.7 percent as compared to an interim annual reduction goal of 4 percent from our fiscal year 2007 baseline of 73,000 MTCDE.


24) Please provide the total heating and cooling degree days averaged over the past three years.
Data on total degree heating and cooling days is available at: http://www.degreedays.net/. This information will be used to help reduce bias between schools in different climates.
Fahrenheit-based 3-year-average (2006 to 2008) heating/cooling degree days for base temperatures at and around 65F

Cooling degree days average over the past three years: 757
Heating degree days average over the past three years:  5,379

25) Please provide GHG emissions figures on a per-thousand-square-foot basis for the past three years.
Per-Thousand-Square-Foot Emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total maintained building space in thousands of square feet.
2008: 10.30
2007: 11.22
2006: 11.04

26) Please provide GHG emissions figures on a per-full-time-student basis for the past three years.
Per-Student Emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total number of full-time enrolled students.
2008: 8.5
2007: 9.0
2006: 8.7

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
27) What programs or technologies has your school implemented to improve energy efficiency (e.g., cogeneration plant, retrocommissioning of HVAC systems, performing system tune-ups, temperature setbacks)?
 
Five percent of Brown’s electricity is co-generated from the heating plant, which burns oil and natural gas.

 

Fuel switching from carbon intensive #6 Fuel Oil to Natural Gas at our Central Heat Plant.  Additionally, we initiated a substantial energy efficiency investment program to help meet future fiscal year reduction targets and we implemented new High Performance Design requirements of 25% minimum up to 50% beyond code for all new construction and major renovations and 15% minimum up to 30% beyond code for acquired facilities. All new construction projects will also be required to meet Leadership in Environmental Design (LEED) Silver level at a minimum.

 

Under the energy efficiency program, we have 30 projects of various size and scope either completed, in progress, or under development.


ENERGY CONSERVATION
28) Do you facilitate programs that encourage members of the campus community to reduce energy use (e.g., cash incentives, signs reminding individuals to turn off lights and appliances)?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe:The Eco-Reps encourages their fellow students to be energy conscious through a variety of dorm exercises, such as Battle of the Bulb.  Facilities Management and Residential Life communicate with the general student, faculty and staff through various forms of media such as Morning Mails and splash screens in common dining and gathering areas.

RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION
29)  Does your school generate renewable electricity?
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please specify percentage of overall electricity generated from each of the following sources and describe details below.
[    %]  B100 biodiesel
[    %]  Clean biomass
[    %]  Concentrating solar power (CSP)
[    %]  Geothermal
[    %]  Low-impact hydropower
[    %]  Solar photovoltaics
[    %]  Wind
[    %]  Other

Description:

30)  Does your school have solar hot water systems?
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please specify number of systems and total BTUs generated annually, if available:

RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASE
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 standard.
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe.
Date of most recent contract:
Quantity (kWh):
Percentage of your total electric energy use that it represents:

32) Has your school purchased non-electric energy from renewable sources?
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe.
Date of most recent contract:
Quantity (BTUs):
Percentage of your total non-electric energy use that it represents:

ON-SITE COMBUSTION
33) Please provide total BTUs of energy for heating and cooling from on-site combustion:
We don’t cool with on-site combustion.  Total BTUs of energy for heating from on-site combustion is 595,000 MMBTU

34) Please list each fuel source (e.g., coal, natural gas, oil) and the percent of overall BTUs derived from that source: 83% natural gas, 17% fuel oil

35) Is any on-site combustion for heating and cooling derived from renewable sources?
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe.
Percentage on-site combustion derived from renewable sources: [   %]
Total BTUs of energy generated from renewable sources: [#      ]
Description of renewable energy sources used for on-site combustion for heating and cooling:

FOOD & RECYCLING
The food portion of this category is covered in a separate dining survey.

RECYCLING OF TRADITIONAL MATERIALS
36) 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); #1 and #2
[  ]  Other. Please list:

37) Diversion rate: [40%], includes all of the above as well as clothing, furniture, mattresses, bulbs, batteries, printer cartridges, yard waste, e-waste, and food waste

RECYCLING OF ELECTRONIC WASTE
38) Does your institution have an electronics recycling program?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. If available, please indicate the total annual weight or volume of each material collected for recycling or reuse.
[X]  Batteries
[X]  Cell phones
[X]  Computers
[X]  Lightbulbs
[X]  Printer cartridges
[X]  Other E-waste. Please list: printers, e-media, televisions, lab equipment

COMPOSTING (ASIDE FROM DINING FACILITIES)
39) What percentage of your campus's landscaping waste is composted or mulched?

[95%]

40) Do you provide composting receptacles around campus in locations other than dining halls (e.g., in residence halls, offices, academic buildings)?
[X]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

SOURCE REDUCTION
41) Do you have any source-reduction initiatives (e.g., end-of-semester furniture or clothing swaps and collections)?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe: The Eco-Reps and Facilities Management developed a move out program to encourage students to donate their unwanted goods rather than dispose of them.  This year’s effort resulted in a 152% increase in donations over last year for a total of 15 tons.  Also, our Purchasing Department routinely donates used furniture to the local school district and abandoned bicycles to a local organization that rebuilds them for use by low income residents.


GREEN BUILDING

GREEN BUILDING POLICY
42) Does your school have a formal green building policy?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe policy and provide URL to the full policy, if available:

http://brown.edu/Facilities/Facilities_Management/energy_admin_approved_rec.php  

Brown University seeks to take a leadership role in committing to real and substantive Greenhouse Gas reductions. As a result, President Simmons was pleased to announce the following:

  • Brown will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 42 percent below 2007 levels (equivalent to 15 percent below 1990 levels) for existing buildings. Interim goals will be set as soon as possible and monitored annually;
  • Brown 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;
  • Brown will reduce greenhouse gas emissions for all newly acquired facilities by a minimum of 15 percent and as much as 30 percent.

 

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS
43) Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.
[# 1]  Total number of LEED-certified buildings.
[    sq ft]  Certified-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[169,000 sq ft]  Silver-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences
[    sq ft]  Gold-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Platinum-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

44) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED certification criteria but are not certified.  Per SEI, they’re only measuring sustainability initiatives that have been fully completed. They don’t include the 7 buildings that are currently under construction.

[#      ]  Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria
[    sq ft]  Certified-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Gold-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Platinum-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

45) Please indicate buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.
[#0]  Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

RENOVATIONS AND RETROFITS
46) Please indicate LEED-EB certified buildings.

[# 0]  Total number of LEED-EB certified buildings. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

47) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED-EB certification criteria but are not certified.
[# 0]  Total number of buildings that meet LEED-EB criteria but are not certified. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

48) Please indicate renovated buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.
[#0]  Total number of renovated buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled. Please list building names:
[    sq ft]  Combined gross square footage.

49) What energy-efficiency technologies have you installed in existing buildings (e.g., HVAC systems, motion sensors, ambient light sensors, T5 lighting, LED lighting, timers, laundry technology)?
For each technology, please indicate the number and type of fixtures installed, and the number of buildings in which those fixtures are installed. If possible, include either the percentage of the overall campus fixtures each type represents or the percentage of overall maintained building space that has been renovated with the technology (e.g., 20 buildings representing 10 percent of maintained building space have been retrofitted with motion sensors; thus, 10 percent of the total maintained building space in square feet would be the desired data). 

 

Technology

% of Campus Complete

T-8 Lighting

90%

Motion Sensors

70%

Ambient Lighting

< 5%

LED Lighting

< 2%

Timers

70%

Steam Traps

95%

HVAC Improvements

15%



50) What water-conservation technologies have you installed in existing buildings (e.g., low-flow faucets, low-flow showerheads, waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, gray water systems, laundry technology)?  
For each technology, please indicate the number and type of fixtures installed, and the number of buildings in which those fixtures are installed. If possible, include either the percentage of the overall campus fixtures each type represents or the percentage of overall maintained building space that has been renovated with the technology (e.g., 20 buildings representing 10 percent of the maintained building space have been retrofitted with low-flow faucets; thus, 10 percent of the total maintained building space in square feet would be the desired data).  

Technology

% of Campus Complete

Low-flow faucets

10%

Low-flow showerheads

10%

Dual-flush toilets

10%

 

51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?
[85-95%]

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES
52) Are there any sustainability-themed residential communities or housing options at your school?

[  ]  No
[ X]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Name of program: Environmental House
Type of community (e.g., hall, building, house): House
Number of students involved: 14
Additional details: 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
53) Does a portion of your new student orientation specifically cover sustainability?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe how sustainability is incorporated (e.g., information sessions, green tour): During orientation weekend, members of Facilities are on hand to provide CFL bulbs free of charge to new students as well as to share information about our sustainability programs.  New students are provided the trash and recycling policy at the beginning of each semester by the paid resident program leaders.  Additionally, teams of Eco-Reps are available to conduct in-house training of the recycling program, which also includes information about energy efficiency. 

http://reslife.brown.edu/policy/trash_and_recycling.html

INTERNSHIPS/OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
54) Does your school offer on-campus office-based sustainability internships or jobs for students?
[  ]  No
[ X]  Yes. Please provide number of students and average number of hours worked weekly per student:
[#1-2]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 5
[#1]  Unpaid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 5

55) Does your school have residence hall Eco-Reps or other similar programs to promote behavioral change on campus?
[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please provide details below, and indicate URL if available:
[# 2]  Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 5
[#     ]  Positions that award academic credit. Average hours worked weekly per student:
[#200]  Uncompensated positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 1.5

http://mygroups.brown.edu/Community?action=getOrgHome&orgID=872

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47753463733

http://brownecoreps.blogspot.com/

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

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please provide total number of active organizations, names of organizations, a brief description of each, and URLs, if available:

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.

BROWN UNIVERSITY SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTING AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP (BUSCIP):  This is a group of students primarily dedicated to sustainability consulting in the Providence community for local businesses, and on campus departments and facilities. They seek out local businesses and leverage their knowledge of sustainability to evaluate their operations, and then develop recommendations to make them more sustainable and reduce their impact on the environment. This is an exciting opportunity to work on cases and gain practical experience using knowledge and dedication to environmental improvement to effect change in the community. They will be organizing several events throughout the course of the spring semester and are looking for people interested in sustainability consulting, design, strategy and "best practice" development, and attracting businesses. A website is in development.

Eco-Reps:  Eco-Reps are select undergraduate students who work to educate their campus mates about environmental issues. They operate on the philosophy that we can reduce our harmful impact on the environment by making simple changes in our lifestyles.

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.

emPower Student Group:  The emPOWER campaign is made up of Brown University students who believe that Brown must take responsibility for its contribution to global warming and immediately work to end it. The student-run blog outlines the group’s accomplishments and provides information on major milestones.

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.

RHODE ISLAND STUDENT CLIMATE COALITION (RISCC):  Now a coalition of 5 universities and 9 high schools, RISCC is working to push an 80% carbon emission reduction by 2050 bill through the Rhode Island state legislature to help Rhode Island become a leader in the new green economy.

Sustainable Food Initiative (SuFi):  A plan that integrates local food and sustainable agriculture into student life through an on-campus, student-run farm.

Undergraduate Council of Students (UCS):  The Undergraduate Council of Students is a representative body of twenty-seven elected (five from each class plus an executive board) members committed to serving Brown's undergraduate community.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE):  WiSE provides students, particularly women and under-represented minorities, with the information and encouragement they may need to stay in the sciences, succeed, and go on to science- and engineering-related work and graduate study.


SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS
57) Does your school organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please list details for all competitions.
Name of competition: Recyclemania
Year initiated: 2004
Frequency of competition: annual
Participants: entire campus
Incentives: Grand Prize!
Goal of competition: Reduce waste, increase recycling and educate participants
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: Increased our recycling rate by 3%, reduced our cumulative pounds of waste per person by 2 pounds, and sent 91 tons less material to the landfill and 5 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.
Website: http://brownecoreps.blogspot.com/  

TRANSPORTATION

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

58) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?

[121]

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.
[#5]  Hybrid. Please list makes and models: 3 Toyota Highlanders (‘06, ‘07, and ‘09), 1 ‘04 Toyota Prius, 1 ‘08 Ford Escape
[#7]  Electric. Please describe type of vehicles: GEM Electric
[#0]  Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used:
[#1]  Other. Please describe: Natural Gas vehicle, Ford Econoline Van

60) What is the average GHG emission rate per passenger mile of your institution's motorized fleet?

[#1.2]  pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per passenger mile traveled.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES
61) Does your school offer incentives for carpooling?

[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[X ]  Yes. Please describe details of the program including the type of the incentive and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students):  Open to employees.  Participation includes improved chances for a parking lot assignment and paid via proportionate pre-tax payroll deduction

62) Does your school offer public transportation subsidies?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe the program including the size of the discount (as a percent of full price) and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students): Anyone with a Brown ID can ride RIPTA anywhere in the state for free.

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: Saferide, which is free for anyone with a Brown ID

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?
[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe: The BrownMed/Downcity Express is a scheduled fixed-route daytime service specifically developed to provide transportation between Brown/RISD and the hospitals via downtown and the Jewelry District.

BICYCLE PROGRAM
65) Does your school offer a bicycle-sharing/rental program or bicycle repair services?

[  ]  No
[ X]  Yes. Please provide details below.
Year created: 2008
Number of bikes available: 7
Fees for participation:  $5.00/year
Repair services provided: No

CAR-SHARING PROGRAM
66) Does your school partner with a car-sharing program?

[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please provide details below. Brown partners with Zipcar. The $25 application fee is waived, and it’s available to anyone over 18.
Year created: 2008
Total number of vehicles: 11
Number of hybrid vehicles: 1
Fee for membership: Waived.

PLANNING
67) 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)?

[  ]  N/A. Please explain:
[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please describe: 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 this past year to support biking vs. driving. 

68) What percentage of individuals commutes to campus via environmentally preferable transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling, carpooling, using public transit)?
[32% - students; 17% - faculty/staff] The average number of RIPTA riders/month is as follows:  Students = 2216, Staff = 647, Faculty = 198.  There are very few registered carpoolers at Brown and we do not track the numbers of individuals who walk or bike to campus.


STATISTICS

69) Campus setting:

[  ]  Rural
[  ]  Suburban
[X]  Urban
[  ]  Other. Please describe:

70)  Total number of buildings: [#234]
71)  Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [#2,400,000+]
72)  Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#8,020]
73)  Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [#87]
74)  Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [#43.5]
75)  Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [80%]

Questions 76-87 are for informational purposes only; responses will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

OTHER AREAS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT

Please mark an "X" next to each item that applies to your institution.

76)  Outdoors club: [X]
77)  Disposable water bottle ban: [  ]
78)  Participation in Recyclemania: [X]
79)  Student trustee position: [X]
80)  Environmental science/studies major: [ X]
81)  Environmental science/studies minor or concentration: [X]
82)  Graduate-level environmental program: [X]
83)  Student green fee: [  ]
84)  Alumni green fund: [  ]
85)  Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects: [ X ]
86)  Campus garden or farm: [ X]
87)  Single-stream recycling: [  ]

 

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