Community Overview

Campus and community partnerships  help create new sustainability programs and further mutual environmental goals. The Campus Sustainability Initiative is working with local community organizations, the Greening Class students, student clubs, and City of Waltham departments on many exciting projects. In addition to improving environmental impact and saving resources, many of these projects help train Brandies students for future careers in community and environmental organizations.

AwardsGarden Day

Brandeis was one of only nine schools recognized for the Sustainable Endowments Institute’s Champions of Sustainability in Communities Award. The competition honors colleges and universities that have collaborated with off-campus organizations on green projects and programs. Brandeis received honorable mention distinction for a class project in Professor Laura Goldin’s Greening the Campus and Community course, in which a group of students partnered with the Prospect Hill Tenants Association to develop gardens for low-income families in Waltham.


Sustainability Projects involving the local community include:

  • Local community gardens
  • Fall Farmers Market open to the public
  • Donating students unwanted books, clothes, food, and household items when they move out to local organizations
  • Reducing local traffic congestion through shuttles and promoting public transportation options
  • Pollution reduction in storm drains on campus and in Waltham through the Clean Streams project
  • Participating in the Waltham Greenhouse Gas Inventory
  • Children's environmental education projects
Please contact the campus Sustainability Coordinator with any ideas for community partnership's and collaboration.