Climate Action Plan

In its 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.

Draft 2020 Climate Action Plan

The 2019-2020 President's Task Force on Campus Sustainability submitted several recommendations to the president, and also drafted a new climate action plan, Vision 2030.

The plan is the third and most ambitious plan since Brandeis became a signatory to the 2008 Carbon Commitment. The plan includes new priorities for climate resilience so that we can better prepare for the challenges that extreme climate conditions will present in the very near future. The plan also lays out how we will increase climate change education, and implement other best practices in sustainability going forward.

While the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the time frame for formally reviewing, approving, and implementing these recommendations, the Office of Sustainability has already begun to move forward with several of the Task Force’s recommendations and priorities from the draft climate action plan through the work of the new, formal Sustainability Committee

Read the recommendations and the draft 2020 climate action plan

Read the Task Force's Recommendations to the President

Read the draft 2020 climate action plan

We invite you to submit comments on the recommendations and plan to the Brandeis Sustainability Committee via our feedback form. 

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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:

Honoring Our Commitments

Over the years, Brandeis has: