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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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Harvard has installed 3 megawatts of solar panel capacity on campus, the equivalent of 600 home installations, as well as 0.5 MW of installed storage.
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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.
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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 2023, Harvard has 148 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.

Annual Sustainability Report

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

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Sustainability at Harvard

Connect with OFS

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 the Office for Sustainability

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Community Engagement

Upcoming Events



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

Open to the Public

BisNow: Building a Sustainable Boston: Carbon Footprint, BERDO 2.0 & Emerging Green Technology

Chief Sustainability Officer
Heather Henriksen
Sustainable Building

Hear from Harvard Chief Sustainability Officer Heather Henriksen as she speaks on a panel about partnerships and sustainable building at Bisnow’s “Building a Sustainable Boston: Carbon Footprint, BERDO 2.0 & Emerging Green Technology.”



6:00 pm-7:00 pm GMT+0000

Open to the Public

India: An Amphibian Hotspot

Harvard Museums

In this talk, S. D. Biju will discuss his thirty years of research on the frogs of India and Asia and highlight the key role that scientists play in the conservation of species. After the lecture, visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History to see an exhibit of S. D. Biju’s frog photographs, and join ArtsThursdays—a free event featuring art-making activities and a cash bar.



12:00 pm-1:00 pm GMT+0000

Community Event

Meet Your Bees Workshop

Harvard Real Estate

Experience a day in the life of a beekeeper by opening and inspeting our buzzing Smith Campus Center hive! You’ll be invited to:

Touch, smell and taste the hive’s different products
See worker bees doing what they do best (working!)
Possibly meet the one and only, her Majest the Queen Bee
Brought to you by Harvard Common Spaces, the Office for Sustainability and Harvard Real Estate, this event will take place in Smith Campus Center Glass Box, on the 10th floor of the building. Just use your Harvard ID to reach the 10th floor with the elevators.



4:00 pm-5:00 pm GMT+0000

Open to the Public

Farming the Future: Livestock’s Leap to Net Zero

Harvard Radcliffe Institute

Ermias Kebreab, world-renowned animal scientist and chair of the United Nations Technical Working Group on Feed Additives, will explore methane mitigation strategies that emphasize both global and region-specific targets for addressing the climate crisis. He will also discuss cutting-edge advances in livestock science, with a focus on genetic selection, microbial engineering, and early-life interventions.