Harvard School of Public Health is at the forefront of research addressing the most pressing global health and environmental issues facing us today. As members of this community, it is important that we recognize the findings of this research and strive toward minimizing our environmental impact through the adoption of sustainable business practices.
Sustainability at Harvard provides a forum for people across the University to access information, tools, and inspiration for the challenge at hand: making Harvard sustainable for the long term while striving to achieve its 30% Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal by 2016. A truly sustainable campus requires the cooperation and inclusion of everyone in the community, and in this spirit we have formed The EcoOpportunity Team. EcoOpportunity is coordinated by the HSPH Operations Department and Harvard’s Office for Sustainability, with the participation of many administrative and academic departments around the school. This collaborative forum for knowledge creation and transfer fosters an environment where sustainable initiatives are developed and executed.
Our mission is to institutionalize sustainability practices on the School of Public Health campus. This group will:
- Serve as the primary point of communication for sustainability efforts on campus.
- Work with the Facilities and Operations Group to establish best practices, policies, and/or standards for sustainable design and operations on campus, where appropriate.
- Identify and prioritize resource conservation opportunities in offices, labs, and residential buildings.
- Inspire the HSPH Community to reduce environmental and health impacts, and help HSPH become a leader in campus sustainability efforts.