Sustainability

Data Visuals

Find all of the Office of Sustainability's data visuals in one place

Path to Net Zero

This chart illustrates how Brown is planning to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2040. Brown also has an intermediate goal of a 75% reduction below FY2018 levels by FY2025. The red dots indicate actual values and the black dots are projected values.

Fiscal Year Emissions Totals

This bar chart shows Brown’s total scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions. Use the dropdown filter to toggle between annual or monthly views, color the bars by different measures of interest, and see the impact that Brown’s power purchase agreements have had on campus emissions.

Texas Wind Renewable Power Production

This chart shows how much renewable electricity the ‘Mesquite Star’ wind farm in Texas is generating on behalf of Brown University. Brown receives 1 REC, or renewable energy credit, for every megawatt hour produced by the wind farm. This project is the University's first power purchase agreement, and more are planned for the near future.

Tons Picked up for Composting

Brown contracts with two compost waste haulers. Most of the pickup locations are "back-of-house" meaning Brown's chefs deposit food scraps behind the scenes. This chart shows the total tons hauled away from campus and diverted from the landfill waste stream. Composting declined significantly in FY21 due to the pandemic’s impact on dining operations and the associated reduction in total food purchases.

Degree Days and Monthly Utility Usage

This chart shows monthly natural gas and electricity consumption, plotted against a measure of outdoor temperature known as "degree days." Brown’s natural gas consumption increases as temperatures drop and the number of heating degree days rise. Electricity usage is only partly driven by an increase in cooling degree days. These values do not include renewable energy credits.