In our 2016 Climate Action Plan, Brandeis University committed to frequent, clear, and transparent communication about our carbon footprint goals, progress, and the steps taken -- and needed -- to achieve them.

Here, you can view the most up-to-date data on our sustainability performance in the following categories:

Carbon footprint

Waste diversion rates

Our Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2016, the university used 10% less energy on campus and reduced its carbon footprint by approximately 8% over fiscal year 2015. While the 2015-2016 relatively warm winter accounted for some of this reduction, data indicates that for the first time we used energy more efficiently during the summer, despite warmer temperatures (measured in electricity usage per cooling degree day).

Since February of 2016, Brandeis has seen a dramatic increase in composting in our two dining halls, as well as a substantial increase in recycling rate, due to the efforts of Sustainable Brandeis, Sodexo, and our Facilities Services Team. Our short-term goal is to increase our recycling rate to at least 40% of our waste stream (U.S. college & university average), expand composting, and reduce waste overall.