In 2008, President Ruth J, Simmons challenged the University community to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 42 percent below 2007 levels. The latest report from Facilities Management’s Office of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Initiatives shows the University is well ahead of its goal. Brown has reduced its carbon footprint in fiscal 2011 by 26.1 percent below 2007 levels. In fiscal 2011, the University installed energy-efficient lighting in 21 buildings on campus and performed energy use assessments in nearly two-dozen other buildings. The on-campus recycling rate rose to 40 percent; combined with construction material, the waste diversion rate is 59 percent, eight points higher than the previous fiscal year. To date, Facilities Management has spent $7.6 million on carbon-reduction initiatives, saving about $1.5 million in annual energy expenses.

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