Office of Sustainability

In the News

July 24, 2023

After nearly two years of planning, 2022-2023 became Brandeis’ first-ever Year of Climate Action. The events and initiatives were brought to reality by the Brandeis Sustainability Committee – co-chaired by Director of Sustainability Mary Fischer and Associate Professor Colleen Hitchcock – a team of student "Sustainability Ambassadors", and a core team of faculty and staff. 

April 4, 2023

On Thursday, March 30, the Center for German and European Studies hosted its Beginning to End the Climate Crisis conference in honor of its 25th anniversary and in coordination with Brandeis’ Year of Climate Action in Sherman Function Hall. The full-day conference included keynote speeches, panel discussions, and an interview with the authors of  “Beginning to End the Climate Crisis: A History of Our Future.”

November 8, 2022

The Climate Action Dinner Series, which is a part of Brandeis’  Year of Climate Action and is organized in collaboration with the Samuels Center for Community Partnerships and Civic Transformation, is a series of four dinners that aim to teach students how to advocate for effective climate policy. The first dinner was held on Oct. 13, with the second and most recent dinner taking place on Nov. 1, and two more to follow on Nov. 15 and Nov. 30. 

March 8, 2022

Brandeis Sustainability Ambassadors advertised the presentations to the community, attended the presentations to learn about their sustainability goals and practices, and voiced questions about these goals and practices.

December 9, 2021

Brandeis has been named the winner of the Campus Sustainability Achievement Award by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for its innovative sustainable dining program.

May 21, 2021

The president announced several goals and initiatives proposed in the new climate action plan, which Brandeis will pursue in the coming months and years.

February 11, 2020

In addition to removing plastic bags, Brandeis has cut back on the use of plastic straws and bottled water as part of a larger plastic reduction initiative that started last year.

August 27, 2019

A campus operations professional with significant experience at Tufts and Harvard, Stanley will lead efforts to enhance the safety, functionality, environmental sustainability and accessibility of the Brandeis campus.

July 31, 2019

Partnering is partnering with San Francisco-based AMS and FirstLight Power in Burlington, Massachusetts, to install and operate a rechargeable 780-kilowatt hour battery-based system that will connect with Brandeis’ electrical power system. The initiative will likely save the university in the neighborhood of $50,000 a year.

February 1, 2019

A new initiative by Dining Services will replace plastic tableware with eco-friendly compostable plates, cups and utensils at university events.

February 5, 2019

At a campus event called "Let's Talk Trash," Mary Fischer sought to raise awareness of recycling and composting at Brandeis.

December 11, 2018

Following the success of the Shapiro Campus Center’s lighting efficiency project, the university has dedicated $2.5 million to increase the number of buildings on campus that will receive LED lighting upgrades.

December 4, 2018

Brandeis has begun using recycled content paper in its Ricoh multifunction printers on campus, an initiative that is expected to reduce paper-related carbon emissions by approximately 28,000 pounds per year.

September 18, 2018

Turn It Off, a new energy-savings initiative that asks employees to dim lights, unplug unnecessary electronics and lower window shades on the hottest days of the summer, will help reduce both costs and carbon emissions at the university.