The HKS Sustainability Initiative was formed as a green team in 2008 by a group of dedicated Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) staff and students who wanted to minimize HKS's environmental impact and turn it into a more sustainable campus.
The HKS Sustainability Initiative is coordinated by the HKS Operations Department and Harvard Office for Sustainability. The group includes HKS students, staff, and faculty from multiple departments and centers and is open to any interested HKS affiliate.
The Sustainability Initiative focuses on recycling, waste reduction, composting, energy efficiency, water efficiency, environmental purchasing, and community education.
We meet once a month for an hour as a large group; subcommittees meet at the group's discretion.
Contact Sidney Besse if you would like to join us at our next meeting.
HKS Sustainability Initiative Projects & Events
The HKS Sustainability Initiative works on multiple projects throughout the year. Below are highlights of our (and other groups') projects:
We have composted at major events, including the staff and faculty picnic, student picnic, and holiday party.
2008 was the first year that HKS participated in the 2008-2009 Harvard Sustainability Pledge. More than 230 students, staff, and faculty took the pledge. Take it now: Harvard Sustainability Pledge
Green Tip of the Month
Sign up to get our Green Tip of the Month email and/or poster. It’s a great reminder each month for you and your co-workers on how to make small changes that are more sustainable.
The Sustainability Initiative has worked hard to bring SingleStream recycling—including re-labeling bins, creating and posting signage, and educating the community.
Our Café & Catering subcommittee worked with Sodexho to expand recycling to their kitchen areas and put signs on environmentally friendly products in the cafe.
KSSG Water Bottle Ban
The KSSG has made history at Harvard by being the first student government organization to ban the purchase of bottled water with their funds.
The Sustainability Initiative helps to celebrate Earth Day by tabling in the Forum, easel posters, a green gift basket raffle, and educational posters around the school.
Climate Collaborative representatives
Two students from HKS (Allison Crimmins & Eric Uva) are representing HKS in Harvard's Climate Collaborative, a group of students and administrators from across Harvard that are working to reduce Harvard's greenhouse gas emissions.