Sustainability and the Environment

Harvard University believes universities have a special role and responsibility in confronting the challenges of climate change and environmental stewardship. Harvard is dedicated to confronting these challenges both through academic research and by translating research into action on campus. Across Harvard’s Schools and departments, faculty, students and staff are working to create replicable models for how large institutions and organizations can engage their entire community around implementing innovative and economically-viable solutions that build a healthier, more sustainable campus.

Harvard’s commitment to sustainability is driven by three flagship university-wide commitments, administered through the Office for Sustainability and in partnership with the Schools and central administration: greenhouse gas reduction commitment, green building standards, and sustainability principles.

Highlighted Programs

Harvard University offers learning activities, events, and programs to our friends and neighbors in Allston-Brighton, Boston, and Cambridge on our campuses and in your communities.

The Harvard Community Garden offers community work days, demonstrations and tastings, activities and materials for schools, groups and individuals, and regular lectures on food issues.
The Farmers’ Market at Harvard University is held on Tuesdays from 12-6 p.m. from mid-June through October.
The Food Literacy Project organizes special food-related events for the Harvard and Greater Boston community including film series, book talks, and cooking classes.
The Office for Sustainability oversees implementation of Harvard’s sustainability goals and convenes the community to share best practices and develop new programs and policies.
Science in the News is a graduate student public service organization that hosts a free seminar series for the public aimed at explaining and discussing today’s hottest scientific topics.