Each year the Office for Sustainability challenges Harvard graduate and undergraduate students to consider what lasting impact they can have on campus sustainability. Students of all academic backgrounds submit their sustainable idea for the chance to win up to $5,000 towards implementation.
Drawing on coursework, professional expertise, and personal passion the proposals for creative projects cover a broad range of environmental topics including energy reduction, waste and water reduction, community awareness, public health, sustainable art, and research.
Forty applications were received as part of the 2013 fall round of applications and were narrowed to eight recipients by the Student Grant Committee. We congratulate the student/student teams who received sustainability grant funding this semester.
"I'm very excited to be taking part in this year's sustainability grant program,” said Oliver Hauser, Ph.D. candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. “With the generous support from Harvard's Office of Sustainability, I plan to study students' behavior on issues of sustainability and sharing resources—in the classroom, library, lab, or the dorms. What's so cool about this? I hope to find ways that make thinking sustainably a lifestyle, not simply a choice!"
See the grants in action! The Longwood community can expect new bike repair stations across campus as well as a biking community day replete with bike awareness courses and food. On the Design School campus a modular system of pavers and raised beds with integrated vegetation will educate students on stormwater management methods and purification. Not too far away another GSD team is working to improve the health and comfort of Harvard’s public spaces for pedestrians with mobile vine gardens.
Keep walking across campus to find sustainable art exhibits as part of the Community Art project.
Get up to date on recycling info with Sort It!, an app to simplify recycling on campus, or join an intimate discussion on climate change related topics with student led SustainabiliTeas. If you’re excited to see more Green Projects on campus, check out the Harvard Green Project Fund (HGPF) which enables alumni to directly fund campus sustainability projects. Learn more and view all of this year’s winners.
If you did not have an opportunity to submit your “sustainable campus” idea, it’s not too late. Applications for spring funding will open late January with submissions due on February 7. Now is the chance to put your thoughts into action and create positive change on Harvard’s campus. Learn more about the Student Sustainable Grants program.