Environment


Divest Harvard Calls University’s Carbon-Neutral Endowment Commitment 'Insufficient'

Divest Harvard, a student group calling on the University to divest from the fossil fuel industry, argues that Harvard’s commitment to making its endowment carbon-neutral by 2050 falls short of achieving their goal of total withdrawal from the industry.


Harvard Faculty Mixed on Carbon-Neutral Endowment Commitment

Though most faculty members support the University’s commitment to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from its endowment by 2050, they are divided over whether the plan — announced on Tuesday — goes far enough.


Harvard Environmental Science Faculty and Experts Split on Divestment

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard Medical School Faculty Council passed resolutions in February calling for Harvard to divest its endowment from fossil fuel companies, but faculty who study environmental science say they are split on whether divestment would be effective in combatting climate change.


Faculty to Vote on Fossil Fuel Divestment Motion

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences will debate a motion that advises Harvard to divest its endowment from fossil fuels at its monthly meeting Tuesday, according to an agenda shared with faculty members Friday.


Students and Faculty Flock to Discussion on the Relationship Between Humans and Whales

Graduate students, professors, and whale enthusiasts gathered to hear Brown University Professor Bathsheba Demuth discuss the history and ethics of humanity’s relationship with whales Wednesday at the Center for Government and International Studies.


Whales Lecture

Bathsheba Demuth, Assistant Professor of History and Environment and Society at Brown University, spoke Wednesday evening about the ethics of human interaction with whales and the consequences the actions humans take.


Swartz Hall Renovations Involve Reducing Chemical Presence in Building

Scientific research from Harvard’s Healthier Building Materials Academy is being used to reduce chemical presence in the building formerly known as Andover Hall, according to a blog post from the Divinity School Director of Operations Ralph DeFlorio.


Divest Harvard Holds Protest About University’s Brazilian Land Ownership

Divest Harvard — a student group demanding the University divest from fossil fuels — hosted a day of events Monday calling attention to Harvard’s ownership of Brazilian land and reigniting its calls for the school to sell those holdings in the name of environmentalism.


FAS Dean of Finances Warns of ‘Ominous’ Financial Outlook at Harvard Faculty Meeting

In a presentation of the FAS Dean’s annual report on the school’s finances and hiring, Dean of Administration and Finance Leslie A. Kirwan warned the faculty of “ominous financial signs on the horizon,” including uncertain federal research funding and the endowment tax that took effect this year.


Harvard Students Join Global Climate Strike

Hundreds of students, faculty, and Cambridge residents packed into Science Center Plaza Friday to raise awareness about climate change and call on the University to divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry.


Harvard Pilots ‘Space-Age Technology’ in New Lowell Suite

Freshly renovated Lowell House features a new "Dynamic Energy Suite" – a six-bedroom pod of dorm rooms with built-in technological enhancements that monitor power consumption and adjust lighting for better sleep and energy efficiency.


Harvard Economist Martin Weitzman, Known for Climate Change Scholarship, Dies at 77

As awareness about climate change has grown rapidly in recent years and brought about calls for change, Harvard Economics Professor Martin L. Weitzman forged a path of environmental scholarship in the field of economics.


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