25 May 2010

Harvard Business School Receives City of Boston Green Business Award

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduced by 29 percent

BOSTON, May 25, 2010-The Harvard Business School Operations Department has received a 2010 City of Boston Green Business Award from Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The award was primarily in recognition of the numerous green technologies utilized by HBS at Shad Hall, the School's fitness and recreation facility, which features a green roof, photovoltaic panels, a cogeneration unit, and electronic dimming lighting technology.

According to the Mayor's office, the City's Green Business Awards, now in their fourth year, recognize "extraordinary performance related to sustainable environmental practices."

HBS's Douglas Scatterday accepts
a 2010 Green Business Award from
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
Photo: Harvard Business School

In announcing the 2010 award recipients, Mayor Menino said, "These award winners demonstrate the many ways in which individuals and businesses can contribute to making Boston a leading green city. Their commitment to our community and the environment is an outstanding example of the leadership necessary to advance Boston's ambitious sustainability goals and continue to grow our green economy."

Douglas Scatterday, Director of Facilities at Harvard Business School, accepted the award from Mayor Menino at ceremonies held at Boston's Prudential Center. Andrew O'Brien, the School's Chief of Operations, expressed appreciation for this recognition. "We are honored to receive this award from Mayor Menino in recognition of our sustainability efforts at HBS, which are truly a community-wide endeavor," he said. "Over the past five years, we have we have introduced dozens of environmentally and financially sustainable technologies and practices, and I want to thank all of the students, faculty, and staff who have influenced and embraced the School's efforts. We have made considerable progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving energy, and reducing waste."

Since 2003, Harvard Business School has enacted more than 100 energy conservation measures, including: installing energy efficient lighting, undertaking continuous commissioning of buildings, and tightening HVAC controls. These technologies coupled with efforts to reduce energy use and promote recycling at HBS have reduced the School's greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent over the last three years. The School's Operations Department focuses on increasing environmental stewardship at HBS while realizing cost savings through efficiency and waste reduction.

Earlier this spring the HBS Operations Department received a Harvard University Green Carpet Award for its Chilled Water Plant's greenhouse gas reduction.

About Harvard Business School

Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 250 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and PhD degrees, as well as more than 175 Executive Education programs, and Harvard Business School Online, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching, to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will go on to shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.