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Students, scholars, and leaders throughout the Harvard community who are confronting climate change and all its effects.
“China’s climate and energy issues have always been at the heart of my passion for the environment. The opportunity to contribute to this research project that spans over three decades is a dream come true,” said the Environmental Science and Public Policy concentrator.
“… climate change cannot be addressed in isolation, but only in relation to the intersecting challenges of white supremacy, settler colonialism, heteropatriarchy, and so many structures of injustice that are both the age old and reinventing themselves every day,” said the Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association senior lecturer in divinity at Harvard Divinity School.
A. R. Siders
“Being uncertain doesn’t mean that we can’t address [the effects of climate change],” said the College and Law School alum, who is now an assistant professor at Delaware University’s Disaster Research Center.
In April 2020, we pledged to set our endowment on a path to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from investments in its portfolio by 2050.
U.S. higher education endowment to pledge net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from investments
This pledge was a first among U.S. higher education endowments and a natural extension of Harvard’s ongoing efforts—through its teaching, research, and operations—to accelerate the necessary transition to a fossil fuel-free economy. Read the report on early progress and engagement activities.
reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
In addition, Harvard has outlined an ambitious goal to be fossil-fuel neutral by 2026 and fossil-fuel free by 2050. We’re also continuing to maintain the 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that we’ve already achieved.
LEED certified buildings
Harvard has 136 LEED certified buildings, more than any other higher ed institution.
CO2 reduction with new Harvard Mail & Delivery Service vehicles
As of 2019, 30% of Harvard Mail & Delivery Services vehicles were equipped with XL Hybrid technology that provides a 25% MPG improvement on average and a 20% CO2 reduction.
reduction in water use
Since 2006, the amount of trash produced in pounds-per-capita is down 32%, and water use overall is down 11%.