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Sustainability

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
Lowell

Harvard Pilots ‘Space-Age Technology’ in New Lowell Suite

Freshly renovated Lowell House features a new "Dynamic Energy Suite" – a six-bedroom pod of dorm rooms with built-in technological enhancements that monitor power consumption and adjust lighting for better sleep and energy efficiency.

Lowell House Sustainability
College

Lowell House Sustainability

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

Smith Campus Center
Cambridge City Council

Harvard Summarizes Campus Development and Statistics in Annual Town Gown Report

Harvard presented its annual Town Gown report to the Cambridge Planning Board Tuesday, outlining 2018 campus infrastructure projects, University initiatives, and affiliate statistics.

Environmental Discussion
College

Environmental Discussion

Julie S. Chung ('20) poses a question to the attendees of the Environmentalism as Social Justice discussion.

Environmental Discussion
College

Environmental Discussion

James H. Coleman ('21) responds to a discussion question about the Green New Deal, a political initiative designed to address climate change. Other discussion topics included intersectionality in environmentalism and media coverage of climate change.

Environmental Discussion
Student Groups

Students Pack Harvard College Women’s Center for Environmental Justice Discussion

Six different student groups hosted the event, in which participants discussed the challenges facing environmental justice activism on campus.

Oktoberfest
Cambridge City Council

City of Cambridge Urges Residents to Recycle, Compost As Part of 'Zero Waste' Initiative

“Zero Waste importantly does not mean zero trash, but it does try to bring us to a more sustainable waste diversion and recycling and reduction practice,” said Vice Mayor Jan Devereux.

The New Smith Center
Student Groups

A Look Inside the Smith Campus Center, Harvard's New 'Living Room'

When visitors enter the newly opened Smith Campus Center, they'll walk past green, plant-covered walls before grabbing a cup of coffee and finding a comfy seat.

Mass Hall, Fall 2017
On Campus

2017 Sustainability Report Highlights Progress, Features New Graphics

The Office for Sustainability released its 2017 Sustainability report, highlighting reductions in trash production per capita and water use, among other improvements.

Mt. Trashmore
Student Groups

Sustainability Group Builds 'Mt. Trashmore'

​Freshmen making their way to Annenberg on Wednesday morning passed by a mountain of trash including greasy pizza boxes, rotting food, and crumpled red cups.

Mt. Trashmore
Environment

Mt. Trashmore

Mt. Trashmore, a towering mountain made of all of Harvard Yard's Tuesday trash, appeared Wednesday outside Annenberg Memorial Hall. The Resource Efficiency Program (REP) created this mountain and the numerous signs around it to draw attention to how much we throw away every day; to encourage recycling; and to give passersby tips about sustainability.

Food and Drink

Experts Explore Challenges in Food Regulation Policy

From stifling innovation to encouraging excessive food waste, speakers at the 4th annual Harvard-UCLA Food Law and Policy Conference on Friday criticized the current food regulatory environment.

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