Carbon Footprint

In fiscal year 2016, the university reduced its carbon footprint by approximately 8% over fiscal year 2015. 

Brandeis has committed to reducing our energy-related emissions by 10% by fiscal year (FY) 2018, and 15% by FY 2020, over a baseline of FY 2015 emissions. Further details about our greenhouse gas inventory can be found in our Climate Action Plan.

Brandeis Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Brandeis University measures the following emissions as part of its greenhouse gas inventory:

Scope 1

Stationary combustion: use of natural gas and oil in onsite equipment such as the central heating plant, residential heating, boilers, water heaters, etc.

Direct transportation: Fuel used by university-owned vehicles

Refrigerants: Refrigerants used in the operation of on-campus refrigeration equipment.

Scope 2

Purchased electricity

Scope 3

Faculty, staff and student commuting

University-funded air travel booked via the University’s travel agency

Electricity transmission and distribution losses



Brandeis Emissions by Scope, FY 2015

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Which buildings use the most electricity?

The majority of our carbon footprint comes from our building energy usage. Our campus building automation system has the capability to track building electricity usage in most of our buildings. The graph below depicts the top 10 electricity-consuming buildings on campus. 

Top 10 Electricity-Consuming buildings (KWH, FY16)

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Top 10 buildings

Note: Total FY16 campus electricity use was approximately 42 million KWH.

For more data on campus building electricity usage, please contact