Facts & Figures


Our Commitment

HBS strives to be a leader in sustainability and has set school specific sustainability goals and practices in our HBS Sustainability Framework that meet or exceed the goals and commitments in the Harvard Sustainability Plan, adopted in October 2014. The plan’s core topics are: emissions and energy, campus operations, nature and ecosystems, health and wellbeing, culture and learning. HBS engages across the community to make progress against these goals, with support from Operations, student leadership (Student Sustainability Associates Program), faculty and research (Business & Environment Initiative), employee engagement (Green Team and Green Office Program), and Executive Education outreach .


Peer-to-Peer Education

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.

Green Week


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.


FY16 Sustainability Impact

The Harvard Sustainability plan includes four key goals (baseline year 2006): a 30% reduction in greenhouse (GHG) gas emissions by 2016, 30% reduction in water usage, 50% reduction in waste per person, and 75% organic landscaping by 2020 (definition under development). A new University-wide greenhouse gas reduction goal will be announced in 2017. HBS has made significant progress against a number of sustainability goals:

  • GHG emissions: 49% Reduction, exceeding the University’s goal, and equivalent to taking 2900 cars off the road
  • Energy use: 33% Reduction, enough energy to power 740 homes
  • Waste Disposed: 66% Reduction, the weight of over 100 elephants
  • Water Usage: 4% Reduction, enough water to fill ~2.5 Olympic sized pools
  • Renewables: Six PV solar roof installations, generating ~419,000 kwh/yr, equivalent to the electricity it would take to power ~43 homes annually. One solar thermal installation, reducing the annual GHG emissions equivalent to the carbon sequestered by ~24 acres of US forests in one year.
  • Energy Efficiency: 200+ Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs)
  • Construction: 12 LEED Certified Buildings (+2 pending)
  • Stormwater Management & Ecosystems: 7 Green Roofs, one with 2 beehives
  • Engagement: In FY2016, the HBS sustainability team planned over 15 events or activities with nearly 1,000 instances of participation, engaging students, staff and faculty.