A Commitment to Sustainability

We are addressing the challenges and opportunities of sustainability leadership through campus operations and community engagement.
Green Roof, McCollum Center
Reduction in waste, CY 2021
Reduction in GHG emissions, CY 2021
LEED certified buildings, CY 2021

Our Commitment

Harvard Business School (HBS) is committed to Harvard’s Sustainability Action Plan and the University’s mission to accelerate the adoption of systems and practices that protect the climate and environment, advance a more equitable society, and promote the wellbeing of people at Harvard and beyond. HBS promotes sustainability across our community with support from Operations, the Student Sustainability Associates program, the Business & Environment Initiative, the employee Green Team, and Executive Education.

Sustainability Impact

HBS has made strong progress to date, exceeding the University’s initial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal of 30 percent by 2016 while saving the school millions of dollars. As of 2022, HBS has achieved a 52 percent reduction in GHG emissions, along with a 32 percent reduction in energy consumption (inclusive of campus growth, with a 2006 baseline). HBS also made a 58 percent reduction in waste and a 6 percent reduction in water use.

Questions? Contact sustainability@hbs.edu.

Two HBS beekeepers tend to one of the honeybee hives on campus.

The HBS beekeepers tend to one of the honeybee hives on campus.

Tata hall exterior building view with lights on

Tata Hall is one of several, high performance, LEED certified buildings on campus.

Woman harvests Daikon radishes on one of the many green roofs on campus with Charles river and Cambridge in the background

Daikon radishes and other produce are harvested from one of the many green roofs on campus.

Business & Environment

Learn how the Business & Environment Initiative works across all departments of the School, and connects with students, alumni, and faculty to shape curriculum and research agendas, to educate, connect, and mobilize business leaders to address climate change and other environmental challenges.

MBA students make their way from class to the student center, Spangler Center.