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Collaborative Partnerships

Confronting the global challenges of climate change and sustainability requires a response across disciplines and across sectors.

In addition to collaborating with other higher education institutions, Harvard is partnering with government, non-profit organizations, and private businesses to identify solutions and shared opportunities that will lead to lasting change.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

AASHE is a leading association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education. The association serves a full range of higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students who are drivers of sustainability innovation. Established in 2005, AASHE is comprised of over 900 members across 48 U.S. states, 1 U.S. Territory, 9 Canadian provinces and 20 countries.

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Harvard alumni are invited to join the Harvard Alumni for Climate and the Environment (HACE), which helps connect the alumni community to address the climate crisis and protect the environment. Explore more sustainability-related alumni opportunities at Harvard.


Boston Green Ribbon Commission

The Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC) was established to provide advice and counsel to the City of Boston on the design and implementation of its Climate Action Plan. Commission members are also working to align the resources of the key sectors, serving as advocates and showing their peers what progress looks like by adopting and promoting leading efficiency and clean energy practices.

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Coolfood is an initiative of the World Resources Institute and works with WRI’s climate and data scientists to create comprehensive carbon calculations. Coolfood helps organizations reduce the climate impact of the food they serve by shifting towards more plant-rich foods.

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International Sustainable Campus Network

Harvard is a charter signatory to the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN). The mission of the ISCN is to provide a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching.

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Ivy Plus Sustainability Collaborative

Harvard actively participates in the Ivy+ Sustainability Collaborative, whose mission is to mobilize the collective voice, experience, and resources of its 30+ member institutions to support and learn from each other – in order to advance sustainability on their campuses, in the higher education field, and beyond.

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Harvard is a member of, a nonprofit organization led by technology executives to advance sustainability around the world through technology leadership. The organization’s mission is to define sustainability transformation programs, author best practices and frameworks, set standards and certifications, provide education and training, and raise awareness for environmental and societal programs that make our organizations and the world sustainable for generations to come. logo

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC)

Harvard is a member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), a global community of purchasers, suppliers, advocates, and experts dedicated to driving positive impact through the power of procurement.

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Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC)

Harvard is a member of the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC), which was established in October 2004 to advance education and action for sustainable development on university campuses in the northeast and maritime region. NECSC advances campus sustainability by providing close networking opportunities, professional development, and access to the area’s vibrant and growing college and university sustainability practitioner community.

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How We Lead

Harvard is generating and leveraging innovative knowledge to advance solutions to the climate crisis and sustainable development.

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