Take the Stairs Campaign

Take the Stairs Campaign

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Join Us for Centennial Take the Stairs Campaign 2014

Registration Dates (CLOSED):

Wednesday, March 5 – Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Campaign Dates:

Wednesday March 19, 2014 – Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Registering a Team

  1. Recruit friends or colleagues to be a part of your team. Teams can be either 4 or 5 people and can mix students, staff and faculty.
  2. 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.*
  3. Choose a team captain to register the team.
  4. The captain must register the team by Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 11:59 PM:

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

Campaign Guidelines

  1. Each team member individually tracks their stairs, starting Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
  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 Stair Tracker to track your flights.
  5. Periodically, log the flights climbed here
  6. Be sure to log your flights by Monday, April 21, 2014 at noon.
  7. To reach the peak of Mount Puncak Jaya your team must climb 1,069 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 Kresge Cafeteria on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

Still have questions?

Contact Eco-Opportunity by email:

Where are we hiking in 2014?

Mount Puncak Jaya at 16,024 feet, is located in Papua on the island of New Guinea. It is the highest mountain in Indonesia and the highest island mountain in the world.  Less than two miles away is the Grasberg Mine, the largest gold mine and third largest copper mine in the world. Although the peak of the mountain is free of ice, its slopes are covered by several glaciers. Satellite imagery dating back to the 1970s confirms the glaciers have retreated rapidly. One paleoclimatologist predicted in 2010 that the glaciers will completely vanish by 2015.

Of the highest mountains on Earth, Puncak Jaya has proven to be one of the most challenging to climb. The terrain is mainly hard rock and weather conditions through the dense jungle with regular rainfall, followed by cold, snow and ice up to the summit, have left many describing the hike as ‘the most miserable’ of the Seven Summits.  A government permit is required to access the peak, however entry is possible through tourist agencies.

No tour guide needed to climb the stairs at HSPH though!  With each upstairs flight counting for 15 vertical feet, that’s a mere 1,069 flights of stairs to climb between you and your favorite colleagues/workout buddies in order to reach the summit of Puncak Jaya.

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 HSPH’s EcoOpportunity Team – a group of environmentally-conscious Harvard School of Public Health staff, students, and researchers who are committed to lessening HSPH’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 HSPH 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!