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Sustainability

Electric Harvard Shuttle Event
Cambridge City Council

Four All-Electric Shuttles Unveiled at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The shuttles — which the University purchased in February to curb its use of fossil fuels — will replace four bio-diesel buses that comprise over 30 percent of the bus fleet at Harvard.

Medical School
Science

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
Green

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.

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University

Jim Stock, Longtime Economics Professor, to Serve as First Harvard Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability

Harvard announced Tuesday it would create a new vice provost position to oversee its efforts related to climate change and sustainability and appointed Harvard economics professor James H. Stock to the role.

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Research

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.

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House Life

Philip Kreycik ’06, Who Died at 37 After Going Missing on Run, Remembered for ‘Quiet Strength’ and ‘Adventurous Spirit’

Philip Kreycik '06, an environmentalist and avid adventurer, disappeared on a trail run outside Pleasanton, Calif. on July 10. In a testament to his impact, hundreds rallied for a search and rescue effort that the Alameda County Sheriff's Office called one of the largest ever on the West Coast.

Science and Engineering Complex
Sciences Division

Allston Science and Engineering Complex Receives LEED Platinum Certification

Harvard’s new Science and Engineering Complex in Allston has received two top sustainability distinctions — LEED platinum status and the Living Building Challenge Petal certification, according to a Wednesday press release.

Tracking progress of Harvard's sustainability goals
University

Harvard Falls Short on 2020 Goals to Reduce Waste and Water Use

Despite reductions in campus greenhouse gas emissions, Harvard failed to meet 2020 waste and water reduction goals set forth by the University’s 2014 Sustainability Plan.

Harvard Yard
College

Students Push for On and Off Campus Sustainability Efforts

Members of the Harvard Undergraduate Resource Efficiency Program have adapted their work to suit a virtual semester, pushing students to make sustainable choices and working to engage students on environmental issues before this fall’s elections.

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Alumni

Panel Examines Combating Climate Change Through Private and Public Reforms

Climate leaders, Harvard faculty, and current students discussed the governmental actions and economic reforms needed to address climate change during an online webinar on Thursday.

Massachusetts Hall
Central Administration

Harvard Forms Presidential Committee on Sustainability

Harvard has created a “Presidential Committee on Sustainability” to advise University President Lawrence S. Bacow and other top administrators, the University announced Monday.

Harvard Green Initiative
Student Groups

Harvard Green Initiative

Pedestrians walk by a recycling bin in Harvard Square on Tuesday afternoon.

Divinity School Sustainable Building
Harvard Divinity School

Swartz Hall Renovations Involve Reducing Chemical Presence in Building

Scientific research from Harvard’s Healthier Building Materials Academy is being used to reduce chemical presence in the building formerly known as Andover Hall, according to a blog post from the Divinity School Director of Operations Ralph DeFlorio.

Divinity School Sustainable Building
Harvard Divinity School

Divinity School Sustainable Building

Swartz Hall, located at the Harvard Divinity School, is undergoing serious renovations with the goal to create a more sustainable building. The construction project will upgrade the building's electrical, plumbing, and climate control systems.

Lowell House Sustainability
College

Lowell House Sustainability

A Harvard student reads a panel documenting the energy consumption of different rooms in Lowell House.

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