Take the Stairs Campaign

Take the Stairs Campaign 2015!

Please enjoy our Take the Stairs Campaign Video

Go here to log flights, register teams and make changes to existing teams (captains only):

Join Us for the 2015 Take the Stairs Campaign

Registration Opens:

Friday, March 6, 2015

Stair Logging Opens:

Monday, March 23 @ 9 AM

Campaign/Stair Logging Closes:

Friday, April 17 @ 11:59 PM

HSPH Sustainability Fair:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM in the FXB Atrium. Pickup your participation gift. Raffle prizes, for the lucky winners, will also be distributed.

Registering a Team

  1. Recruit friends or colleagues to be a part of your team. Teams can be up to 5 people and can mix students, staff and faculty. **Only those with a Novell, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, login may register.**
  2. Choose a team captain to register the team. The team Captain selects a team name and registers teammates.
  3. Registration requires the official Harvard email address of each team member. For those with multiple emails check here to find the official address **The official Harvard email must be used or registration will fail.**
  4. For the first time, the captain can add/or remove team members after the campaign has begun.

If you need to be placed on a team email us at

Campaign Guidelines

  1. Each team member individually tracks their stairs, starting Monday, March 23.
  2. Stairs climbed up count – stairs down do not.
  3. Only flights climbed (or defined equivalencies) at work/school count. The primary goal of the campaign is to change at-work behavior. The secondary goals are to promote good health through exercise and to save electricity by not using the elevator.
  4. Count the number of flights climbed (not individual stairs). For example, if you go from the 1st floor to the 4th floor count 3 flights. Consider using our handy tracker to track your flights.
  5. Periodically, log the flights climbed here:
  6. Be sure to log your flights by Friday, April 17, 2015 at noon.
  7. To reach the peak of Mount Everest your team must climb 1,936 flights before the campaign’s end.

Stair Conversions

  1. Walking round-trip from the Landmark Center to either the Kresge or FXB entrance counts as 20 flights of stairs.
  2. Walking round-trip from 90 Smith St or 1633-39 Tremont St to either the Kresge or FXB entrance counts as 5 flights of stairs.
  3. For questions or concerns regarding how to count flights at 90 Smith St, please email


  • All participants will receive small appreciation gift for participation.
  • Teams that reach the peak before the end of the campaign will be entered into a raffle for an array of prizes.
  • Prizes and appreciation gifts will be distributed at the HSPH Sustainability Fair in the FXB Atrium on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

Still have questions?

Contact Eco-Opportunity by email:

Where are we hiking in 2015?

Mount Everest or Sagarmāthā at 29,029 feet or 8848 meters is the highest mountain on earth and is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas. The peak of the mountain is on the border between Nepal and China. Everest is one of the seven summits, which are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.

The first successful ascent was on May 29, 1953 at 11:30 a.m when Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary reached the peak.

From the Nepalese side the mountain is often climbed by using five camps consisting of a base camp and four higher elevation camps (camps I, II, III and IV). Above Camp IV, a climber must cross the South Col, the southeast ridge to the Hillary step and finally the summit. The details on the 5 camps are: Base camp – 17,290 feet, Camp I – 19,800 feet, Camp II – 21,420 feet, Camp III – 23,484 feet and Camp IV – 25,938 feet.

The coldest summer summit temperatures have been recorded at -20F (without windchill).

Happy climbing in our relatively warm stair wells !

Want to know where the stairs are located? 

Over the years, we’ve had many campaign participants come to our team, or coworkers and say, “where are the stairs in my building?” or “I didn’t even know there were stairs there!” We’ve done some work to lay out a campus map highlighting where all the main stairwells are located. Click here for a larger PDF, and feel free to share with others, or even print it for your stairwell!


Campaign History

The annual Take the Stairs Campaign is brought to you by HLC’s EcoOpportunity Team – a group of environmentally-conscious Harvard Longwood Campus staff, students, and researchers who are committed to lessening HLC’s environmental impact. The “Take the Stairs” Campaign is an initiative aimed at increasing physical activity, improving human health (by getting people to take the stairs more often) and reducing our environmental impact (by using the elevator less and thereby using less energy). Each year, hundreds of members of the HLC community sign up to Campaign to take the stairs as a team, putting their best foot forward, striving to reach the highest of peaks around the world. We look forward to seeing you in the stairwells!