Turns out, the rakes are there in preparation for RakeHarvard, “Harvard’s First-Ever People-Powered Rake-In,” according to Harvard’s sustainability website. If the number of hyphens in that title leaves your head spinning with questions – what is a ‘rake-in’? Is Harvard making us do chores as a cost-cutting method? If so, will there at least be food? – you’re not alone.
According to RakeHarvard organizer Arif Khan, a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design, the point of the event is to encourage people to get together and meet each other, have a good time, and have a “positive environmental impact.”
“I went for a walk in Harvard Yard and it was a beautiful day...and all of a sudden these leaf blowers descended on the Yard and I thought, ‘Gosh, there must be a better way,’” said Khan on his inspiration for hosting the event. He hopes that it will be picked up on other campuses as a way to decrease the environmental impact of using leaf blowers while also promoting a fun way to relieve stress.
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