Climate Action Plan

In its new draft climate action plan, the President's Task Force on Campus Sustainability called on Brandeis to heed the call of scientists and social justice advocates alike, fulfill its social justice mission more holistically than ever before, and help create a better, safer, more just life for generations to come. This shift requires bold, coordinated action and leadership. The covid-19 crisis has proved that this isn't easy—but that it can be done.

Why It Matters

Climate change presents an existential threat to all human life, most immediately to communities at risk here in the U.S. and around the globe. The consequences of climate change disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. Climate change will greatly harm the ecosystems of the planet, which will lead to species extinctions, possible ecosystem collapse, and definite impacts on humans as ecosystems degrade. Those impacted first and worst by this degradation have been and will continue to be low-income communities and people of color.

Our previous plan

Brandeis' 2016 Climate Action Plan committed to a 15% reduction by the end of the 2020 academic year, with 2015 as a baseline. We achieved a 14.5% reduction. However, this was only due to the steep decline in energy use as a result of the covid-19-related reduction in campus population at the end of the 2020 academic year. Were it not for covid-19, Brandeis would have achieved roughly a 12% carbon reduction.

The following energy efficiency improvements contributed to our reduction:

What's Next

Honoring Our Commitments

Over the years, Brandeis has: