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How We Lead

Accelerating action on sustainability and climate through research & teaching


Advancing Solutions

Harvard is generating and leveraging innovative knowledge to advance solutions to the climate crisis and sustainable development. We aim to invest in transdisciplinary research to create scalable models that support wellbeing and equity on Harvard’s campus and beyond.

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Sustainability Action Plan

Together, we are accelerating the adoption of systems and practices that protect the climate and environment, advance a more equitable society, and promote the wellbeing of people.

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Why Harvard is taking this on:

Harvard is uniquely positioned to lead in areas of climate and sustainability. Here are some of the ways we can make a positive, leading impact:

  • Harvard principally influences the world through its research and teaching.
  • Across Schools, disciplines, fields, and practices, Harvard is working to generate new knowledge and develop holistic, scalable, and economically viable new solutions that accelerate positive change.
  • Harvard can convene new partnerships and leverage resources to take risks others cannot to remove barriers to adoption, pilot new systems and practices, and publish blueprints for others to use.
  • Through research and teaching, Harvard University will prepare the sustainability leaders of tomorrow, while collaborating with Harvard alumni to enable them to be sustainability change-makers today.


The Office for Sustainability

The Office for Sustainability is comprised of a team of professional sustainability staff dedicated to developing and implementing university-wide campaigns and initiatives that lead to real and lasting change.

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