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Harvard Office for Sustainability

Accelerating Action for a sustainable future

Our Goals

Fossil Fuel-Free by 2050, Fossil Fuel-Neutral by 2026

Learn more about Harvard’s Fossil Fuel-Free by 2050 Goal (Goal Zero).

Harvard’s Fossil Fuel Goals


The Harvard Healthier Building Academy

The University is taking steps to eliminate harmful chemicals on campus

We are enhancing the health, productivity, and quality of life of our students, faculty, and staff by making smart, informed decisions about the design and maintenance of our built environment.

Explore the HHBA

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Facts and Figures

How we’re modeling sustainability

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As of 2022, Harvard has installed 3 megawatts of solar panel capacity on campus, enough to power more than 250 homes.
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Between 2006 and 2016, Harvard reduced greenhouse gas emissions 30% from 2006 levels, despite a 14% increase in the size of its campus during that time.

218M gallons

As of 2021, Harvard's water use was down 35%—or 218 million gallons, equivalent to filling Harvard's Blodgett Pool 291 times.
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As of 2022, Harvard has 144 LEED-certified buildings on campus.


The shift toward plant-based foods as part of the Cool Food Pledge reduced greenhouse gas emissions per plate at Harvard by 16% between 2019 and 2021.
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436,279 miles

In 2022, more than 1,500 students and staff utilized the Harvard discounted membership of Bluebikes bikeshare, taking over 100,000 trips totaling 436,279 miles.

Data and Sustainability Progress

We are using data to uncover new insights and drive continual improvements in how we operate our campus.

Learn more

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Sustainability at Harvard

Get Connected

Whether you are a student, staff member, alum, or simply interested in learning more about sustainability at Harvard, there are many opportunities to get involved and take action.

Connect with us

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Community Engagement

Upcoming Events



5:00 pm-7:30 pm GMT+0000

Community Event

Climate Health Summer Welcome Reception


At this event, you will have the opportunity to learn about the climate landscape at Harvard and find ways to plug in during your time in Boston.



8:00 am-5:00 pm GMT+0000

Community Event

2023 Farmers’ Market at Harvard

Farmers’ Market

Join the Farmers’ Market at Harvard every Tuesday from June 20-October 31, 11:30am-5:30pm. Help support the vital local farmers and food artisans who ensure we have fresh, healthy, safe food!



3:00 pm-4:00 pm GMT+0000

Community Event

Predicting Mosquito-Borne Disease Transmission in a Rapidly Changing World

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Radcliffe Institute

Disease ecologist Courtney Murdock will focus on understanding the climate variables that influence mosquito-borne disease transmission. Deploying advanced models of climate-based disease spread, Murdock’s research seeks to predict transmission patterns in order to respond to the epidemiological effects of the climate crisis.



5:00 pm-9:00 pm GMT+0000

Community Event

Summer Solstice 2023: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Harvard Museums

Join the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture on the longest day of the year—free of charge—to explore the galleries and new exhibitions at the Harvard Museums. Step outdoors to enjoy lively musical and circus performances, play mini-golf, and make a flower crown. Ice cream, mocktails, and snacks will be available to purchase from food trucks and vendors.




Community Event

Harvard Climate Forum


A day of action-focused learning, bringing Harvard’s multi-disciplinary climate impact expertise to our community. This one-day event will engage Harvard thought-leaders and learners in an interactive experience – inspiring action, collaboration, leadership, and change across all sectors and industries.