Harvard commitment to sustainability

Harvard is not only a leader in education but also in its commitment to sustainability. The University has made remarkable progress in achieving its sustainability goals by transforming its culture. There are 85 LEED certified building projects on campus.

An additional 23 registered LEED projects are in the pipeline. The components of their strategy, captured in this video, are:

  • Empower the community
  • Have strong leadership and goals
  • Innovate through collaboration
  • Foster change with tools and resources
  • Reward and recognize

Harvard’s approach will be inspiring for any organizations or employee green teams that want to kickoff a green initiative but don’t know where to start.

Harvard has summarized its outstanding accomplishments in a Sustainability at Harvard Impact Report in which they give metrics for:

  • Energy and Emissions
  • Green Buildings
  • Health & Wellness
  • Transportation
  • Waste Reduction & Recycling
  • Water & Operations
  • Community Engagement
  • Academics & Research

Harvard deserves an A+ for its commitment to sustainability.


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