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Climate Change Action Plan

The Brandeis University Climate Action Plan was released on Sept. 15, 2009.

Brandeis University Climate Action Plan (PDF)

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Highlights of the Brandeis University Climate Action Plan:

  • Brandeis has a goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050
  •  The University will strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% below 2008 level of greenhouse gas emissions by 2015
  • The Climate Action Plan is a collaborative process of students, staff, and faculty
  • Uses the power of Brandeis education and creativity to solve pressing social issues

Key Actions:

  • Reduce energy use 10% over 5 years through upgrading efficiency in buildings such as new equipment and insulation
  • Raise energy awareness of the impact, cost, and sources of campus energy use by providing more information to building occupants
  • Work with staff and faculty to reduce their climate impact and certify “Green Offices”.
  • Investigate renewable energy options such as solar electricity generation
  • Build greener buildings with features such as day light harvesting, renewable energy, and green roofs.
  • Incentive carpooling, bicycling, and public transportation use for commuting
  • Expand low carbon transportation for residential students, such as bike and car share programs
  • Educate Brandeis students to be sustainability leaders through hands on projects in classes, clubs, and campus leadership positions
  • Buy more locally grown food and reduce waste in campus dining services
  • Engage faculty to integrate climate and sustainability education as relevant issues into courses
  • Launch a new interactive website, “Brandeis Forum on Environmental Crisis” that will connect the campus and world with experts on environmental issues
  • The plan is a “working document” and the Campus Sustainability Initiative will work to solicit new ideas to meet climate action goals through forums and events.