Fresh Pond

Cambridge Switches Water Sources Amid Increasing 'Forever Chemicals' in Tap Water

As increasing levels of “forever chemicals” in Cambridge’s municipal water supply prompt health concerns, the city will receive water from a state authority until 2023.

A River Runs Through It

Harvard Celebrates Earth Day with Events Across University

Seeking to raise awareness about Harvard’s sustainability efforts, schools and programs across the University have hosted events since Thursday celebrating Earth Day.

Rat Garbage Cans
City Politics

Cambridge to Distribute New Trash Carts to All Residents in June

Cambridge’s Department of Public Works will be distributing new trash carts to “all buildings where the City collects their trash” in June to replace residents’ current trash barrels.

Graduate School of Education

Experts Discuss Climate Action in K-12 Schools at HGSE Forum

More than 200 people attended a forum hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education addressing how K-12 schools can fight climate change Thursday.

Harvard Management Company
University Finances

Harvard Management Company Operations Set to Become Carbon Neutral

The Harvard Management Company will be carbon neutral in its internal operations for fiscal year 2022 — a first among university endowment offices in the United States — according to the company report released Thursday.

Divest Rally

Divest Activists Lambast Harvard’s Remaining Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry in Research Funding, Governance

Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard published a report criticizing the University’s remaining links to fossil fuels within its faculty, governance, and research.

HPR at Institute of Politics

National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy Addresses IOP on Biden Admin's Climate Policy

White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy spoke about looking at climate change activism as an opportunity for innovation at an IOP event.

Harvard Kennedy School

White House Advisor Discusses U.S. Climate Policy Ahead of UN Climate Conference

Deputy White House National Climate Advisor Ali A. Zaidi ’08 discussed the United States’s approach to combating climate change at a Harvard Kennedy School event Wednesday.

Medical School

HMS Professor Presents Highly-Anticipated Climate Change Report at Webinar

The panelists worked through the contents of the report, which cautioned that climate change is having a severe and inequitable impact on human health around the world.

Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Harvard Greenhouse Gas Emissions Flatlined for Fifth Straight Year in 2020

Nearly every aspect of Harvard’s operations changed in 2020, with much of the campus left empty due to Covid-19. But the University’s campus greenhouse gas emissions remained stagnant for a fifth straight year last year, according to preliminary data released Friday as part of the University’s 2020 sustainability report.

Clearing the Air event
School of Public Health

School of Public Health Panel Discusses Air Pollution, Climate Change

Public health professionals joined leaders from academia, government, and the private sector to discuss the biggest threats to climate and global health at a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health forum on Wednesday.

Chan School of Public Health

Harvard Researchers Declare ‘Structural Change’ Needed to Address Planetary Health Crisis

Harvard researchers outlined lifestyle changes that would need to occur on a societal level to optimize the health and well-being of the general population and the planet in a declaration in The Lancet on Tuesday.

Lawrence S. Bacow
City Politics

Bacow Defends Harvard’s Engagement in Allston as Residents, Officials Criticize Development Plans

University President Lawrence S. Bacow on Tuesday defended Harvard’s engagement with residents and officials in Allston, where the school has received forceful pushback from elected leaders and civic organizations about its development plans in the area.

Climate Strike Sign

Preventing Future Pandemics Depends on Environmental Action, Harvard Task Force Finds

Environmental efforts, such as forest preservation and wildlife trade regulation, are essential to preventing future pandemics, Harvard and international experts found in a report released Wednesday.

Charles River

Planning for an ‘Uncertain’ Future, Cambridge Unveils Climate Resilience Plan

The City of Cambridge released a report on the effects of climate change on the city and long-term recommendations for climate resilience.