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Building a Sustainable Future

Sustainability is an important part of student life at Harvard. Student groups offer opportunities to work on environmental initiatives within the dorms and Houses, across the University, within Cambridge, and on state, federal, and even global levels.

The concentration in Environmental Science and Public Policy and Secondary Field in Energy & Environment are designed to provide a multi-disciplinary introduction to current problems of the energy and the environment.

Research opportunities with fellow students and professors give you the chance to participate in the development of the next generation of climate and energy solutions across a wide range of disciplines including science, health, engineering and design, policy, and economics. Through grants, fellowships and events, the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) encourages research and teaching related to energy and the environment.

Acting on Climate and Enhancing Well-Being

Universities have a special role and special responsibility to confront the global challenges of climate change and sustainability. Harvard is committed to providing our students with opportunities to use the campus as a test bed for advancing solutions to these global challenges on a local level.

The Harvard Sustainability Plan aligns the University around a holistic vision for enhancing the well-being of our community and sets a five-year roadmap with goals, standards and commitments in five core topics: energy and emissions, campus operations, nature and ecosystems, health and wellness, and culture and learning.

Student Sustainability Grants and other resources offered by the Office for Sustainability provide you with experiential learning opportunities to get involved in campus sustainability projects, or use the campus to test your innovative ideas. You can also get involved in the student-led Undergraduate Resource Efficiency Program, a peer-to-peer education program based in Harvard’s Houses and dorms that uses fun, community-building events, competitions, and action-oriented campaigns to educate students about issues such as energy use, waste, water, food, and more.

Learn more at the Sustainability at Harvard website. For specific clubs and organizations, see our complete list of student activities.



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