The mission of Brown University is to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation through a partnership of students and teachers in a unified community known as a university-college. The mission of Brown University Facilities Management is to support the University by enhancing the quality of physical facilities through planning, designing, engineering, constructing, and maintaining in a responsive, service-oriented, effective, and environmentally-conscious manner.
Brown has a strong commitment to keep their campus buildings architecturally sound and energy efficient. Facilities Management employees have worked with National Grid for 20 years to improve building energy efficiency. In 1991, Brown instituted a campus-wide environmental initiative, known as Brown Is Green. New capital projects at Brown participate in National Grid’s Comprehensive Design Approach Demand Side Management program.
Brown has been an early adopter of advanced technologies such as daylight dimming control and demand-controlled ventilation. Projects that improve the efficiency of lighting systems and heating ventilation and air conditioning systems typically result in an average 30 percent reduction in energy use.