Sustainability at Harvard: A Year in Review
Highlights from across campus in 2013.
- Thank you to everyone who has taken large and small actions in their classroom, lab, office or dorm to make Harvard a healthier, more efficient living and learning environment. We are so inspired by everything our community of students, staff and faculty have achieved this year. We couldn't do it without you!In this Storify we take a look back at some of 2013's most exciting and inspiring accomplishments.
Labs continue to be a major focus because of the energy they consume as well as the importance to our research and teaching mission.
- The Green Labs Program helped launch a university-wide Labs Reuse List to help cut waste in labs.
- The Nikon Imaging Center at Harvard Medical School transitioned the light source for 12 of its 13 microscopes to more efficient solid-state light engines, replacing older metal halide bulbs that contain mercury.
We also started reaching out, engaging, and learning from our alumni. Our Greenprenuers series highlights inspiring stories of our alumni taking action in a sustainability-related field after they graduate.
- To reduce indoor air pollution, Harvard School of Public Health graduate, Catlin Powers, helped create SolSource, an emission-free solar cooker. Currently Powers is working to harness the extra energy provided by SolSource for other uses, including heating buildings.
We’re strengthening partnerships with Cambridge and Boston to amplify our impact and learn from each other.
Student projects continue to contribute to Harvard's campus sustainability goals with the help of the Student Sustainability Grant program.
We were inspired by the visits of two great leaders in the effort to combat climate change.
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