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Earth Day Bonanza
FlyBy Blog

How Many Harvard Students Does It Take to Spell "Sustainability?"

Here at Harvard, our most-searched word was “sustainability.”

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

City Council Votes To Cut Ties with TransCanada, Explore Sustainability

A unanimous Cambridge City Council vote requesting not to renew the city’s energy contract with the TransCanada Corporation might make Cambridge one of just a handful of American cities to pursue total independence from non-renewable energy sources.

College

Dorm Crew Tests High-Tech Cleaning Fluid

The cleaning fluids, manufactured by EcoLogic Solutions, are largely composed of saltwater that has undergone electrolysis to give it strong detergent and disinfectant properties.

Central Administration

Project on China’s Energy Policy Receives Climate Change Solutions Grant

The Harvard China Project, a research program on China's environment and energy system based at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, plans to use grant money it received to conduct research on the future of renewable energy sources in China.

Brett and Divest Harvard at Mass Hall
Alumni

Vermont Harvard Club Endorses Divestment

The Vermont group is the first alumni club to officially back the divestment movement, according to club president Charles A. Boright ’68. The club’s position comes after months of discussion and research on the topic.

Year in Review - Corporate Baton: Couch
University Finances

Corporation Committee Considers Proposals on Environment, Lobbying in 2014

The committees addressed several new topics, including fast food advertising and its possible connection to childhood obesity, corporate tax policies, and the impact that investing activities of certain companies may have on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Compost Bin
Student Life

Compost Bin

A compost bin sits on the floor of a freshman dorm room Friday night. These compost bins were placed in freshman dorm rooms to encourage composting and sustainability.

Compost Bin
College

Compostable Waste in Freshman Trash Bins Decreases

The Office for Sustainability's website attributes the reduction to the introduction of compost bins in all freshman dorm rooms three months ago.

College

In HUDS Survey, Students Indicate Lower Focus on Sustainability

The annual survey, conducted by HUDS in September, asks students various questions on all aspects of dining hall life, including allergies and diets, customer service, and overall satisfaction.

Faculty Divestment
Endowment

Profs. Present Case for Divestment at Climate Event

Professor Stephen A. Marglin ’59 said that Harvard’s divestiture would not cause fossil fuel companies to collapse, but could set an example for other institutions that might be waiting to follow Harvard’s lead.

Sustainability Goals
Sustainability

Sustainability Goals

Sustainability Goals
Research

University Sets New Goals for Curbing Consumption, Waste

University-wide goals include reducing per capita waste by 50 percent and water use by 30 percent by 2020, from a 2006 baseline.

Food and Drink

5 Things You Didn't Know About Swai

Maybe you overheard an unusually piscine conversation as you crossed the Yard. Maybe your roommate made a cryptic comment on the way to dinner. Maybe you’ve been tossing and turning at night, haunted by images of moderately-sized whitish fish. There’s a conversation going on at Harvard, and it’s all about swai. Below, you’ll find all the things you never wanted to know about this curious creature.

Endowment

Activists Kick Off Week-Long Fast for Divestment

Dozens of members of the Harvard community will not be swiping into dining halls this week as they participate in Divest Harvard’s week-long fast.

REP Mountaineers
Environment

REP Mountaineers

David A. Bicknell 15' (left) and Remi P. Gosselnin '18 (right), both from the Resource Efficiency Program (REP), stand by Mt. Trashmore, a towering mountain made of Harvard Yard's Tuesday trash, which appeared Wednesday by Annenberg Memorial Hall. REP created this mountain and the numerous signs around it to draw attention to how much we throw away every day, to encourage recycling, and to give passersby tips about how to live more sustainably.

Big States, Little States
College

Beyond Boston: Regional Diversity at Harvard

Central Administration

In Op-Ed, Law Profs Call for University Governance Changes

Jeffrey K. McDonough Artwork
Scrutiny

Not a 9-to-5 Job

Advising Programs Office Under Construction
College

Freshman Advising: Under Construction