Organization and Governance

Oversight by the University’s executive administrative leadership is one core element of ensuring vigilance and persistence in the University’s sustained efforts to meet its objectives. Brown has established a model for accountable governance that leverages Brown’s existing strengths and personnel.

Office of the Provost

The Office of the Provost works in close collaboration with the University’s academic leadership, and with Brown’s senior officers to advance academic excellence, build community, and ensure fiscal responsibility.

The assistant provost for sustainability in the Office of the Provost bridges the gap between academics, research and operations, providing campus-level leadership on sustainability priorities and collaboration across academic and operational areas. The post is currently held by Stephen Porder, professor of environment and society and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability is the operational hub for sustainability on campus. The office resides under the Department of Facilities Management, whose responsibility is to ensure that the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of all University facilities and grounds support the academic, research, and administrative functions of the University, while balancing financial and technical constraints with aesthetic and historical concerns.
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Sustainability Strategic Plan Steering Committee

The Sustainability Strategic Plan steering committee serves as a goal-setting and accountability body, with broad representation of staff, students and faculty, that regularly reviews progress within each of the objectives outlined in Brown’s Sustainability Strategic Plan and recommends new goals to the University’s executive leadership. The steering committee is co-chaired by the director of the Office of Sustainability, assistant provost for sustainability and other faculty and staff as needed.

The breadth of membership of this committee, together with a designated member focused on environmental equity and social justice, will ensure that the specific goals within each objective represent the values of the Brown community, and that relevant campus units are held accountable for progress on these goals.