Harvard pledged last month to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its endowment by 2050. But experts say a number of intermediate steps may pose logistical and environmental challenges for the University.
Harvard has created a “Presidential Committee on Sustainability” to advise University President Lawrence S. Bacow and other top administrators, the University announced Monday.
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.
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.
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.
Harvard Kennedy School students sent a letter to HKS Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf earlier this month advocating for better climate change education and programing.
Amplifying faculty calls for fossil fuel divestment, Harvard Medical School professors overwhelmingly passed a resolution Wednesday urging the University to divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry.
The Cambridge City Council adopted a motion to convene further meetings surrounding an ordinance to ban natural gas in the city Monday night.
Journalist Tatiana C. K. Schlossberg discussed the environmental impact of everyday consumption at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Thursday night.
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.
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 — 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.
In a talk lasting more than an hour, Klein said it was necessary to declare an “all-out war on pollution and poverty and racism and colonialism and despair, all at the same time.”
Harvard Business School Faculty and Climate Experts Talk Water and the Future of the City in Panel Discussion
The event was part of Harvard’s third annual Worldwide Week, an event held to highlight international research conducted by Harvard faculty and to promote discussion of global issues.
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.
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.
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.