Facts & Figures
Green House gas reduction, 2006-12
Utility Bill Savings from Conservation Projects, 2006-12
GHG Savings from Conservation Projects, 2006-12 (MTCDE: metric tons of C02 equivalent)
Campus Recycling Rate, FY ’12
We are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions 30% from 2006 levels by 2016, as part of an effort to increase environmental stewardship at HBS while realizing cost savings through efficiency and waste reduction. The HBS program focuses on implementing energy conservation and waste reduction, establishing best practices such as LEED certification, and encouraging individual behavior change.
Since 2006, we have completed more than 100 energy conservation measures, offsetting greenhouse gas emissions by over 7,000 metric tons of C02 equivalent (MTCDE), reducing operating costs by over $1 million and maximizing utility rebates totaling more than $1 million. The HBS Master Plan incorporates environmentally and financially sustainable practices throughout campus.
Student Sustainability Associates
The Student Sustainability Associates are a peer-to-peer educational program that employs seven MBA students who promote sustainable living among the student body. The program focuses on energy and water conservation, and recycling and waste reduction. Through activities, campaigns and information sharing, the Student Sustainability Associates encourage the student body to generally take greater responsibility for their own role in driving University-related environmental impacts. Representatives also suggest infrastructure and policy improvements that may remove barriers to student conservation.
Every April, HBS hosts a series of events to raise environmental awareness throughout the HBS community. The week is a partnership among the student Business & Environment Club, HBS Operations, the Dean's Office, and the Harvard Office for Sustainability. Green Week events include: field trips to LEED-certified buildings; films, panels, and speakers on business and the environment; and displays and activities on recycling and composting in dining facilities and other conservation measures.
The Green Team
The Green Team includes staff working to implement and communicate best individual practices to reduce waste, water use, and energy use. The Green Team sponsors an annual energy competition and/or poll in which employees compete to reduce energy use in their buildings for one month.