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 (to the extent that data is available)

Electricity transmission and distribution losses

 Scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions as Proportion of Total Scope 1 and 2, FY18

 FY18 pie chart


Brandeis Scope 1 and 2 CO2e Emissions (Metric Tonnes)


(blue indicates year-over-year reductions)

FY18 bar chart