The diversity of life on the planet is under increasing threat from human activity. Diverse ecosystems provide humans with food, fuel, fiber, climate regulation, water purification and a host of other services upon which society depends.
Brown’s footprint on biodiversity comes largely through greenhouse gas emissions, dietary choices (and thus the land required to support our diets) and the purchase and disposal of materials. The former are specifically addressed in the Sustainability Strategic Plan. But Brown will also work to source materials with biodiversity preservation in mind, and reduce the overall purchase and disposal of materials to lessen negative impact on biodiversity.
To do its part in combating biodiversity loss, Brown will adopt the principles underpinning the International Convention on Biological Diversity, which entails purchasing sustainably sourced materials and food items whenever possible, and exploring ways of increasing campus biodiversity. Brown will also expand education on the underlying causes of biodiversity loss.