Each year at Harvard, students have the option of returning to campus ten days before classes resume for Wintersession. Though some will capture every last minute of break, the students who do return are offered the opportunity to explore untapped passions, sample new electives, or spend time investigating possible career paths. Wintersession, which begins on Friday, January 18, consists of more than 150 offerings, most of which are free.
This year, the partnership between the Office for Sustainability, the Office of Career Services, and Green Building Services will expand to offer a full day of sustainable tours, and three days of shadowing experience. Students interested in Harvard’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction goal, energy auditing, green building, and other green efforts across the university will have opportunities throughout the week to join meetings, experience sustainable work first-hand, and meet members of the community who have turned sustainability into a career path.
Wintersession Sustainability Schedule:
Sustainable Tour: Harvard's GHG Commitment
Tuesday, January 22, 9 am–1:30 pm
Join us for a series of meetings and tours to get an insider's scoop into Harvard's GHG reduction and sustainability program. You will meet key University players, from engineers and deans to sustainability professionals and student leaders who will share their business, operational, financial, and environmental perspective on Harvard's efficiency efforts. Visit Harvard's steam plant and famous steam tunnels, a double LEED platinum building, and Harvard's largest solar panel system at the Athletics complex.
Shadowing Experience: Harvard's Sustainability Programs
Tuesday–Thursday, January 22–24, 9 am–2 pm
Experience first-hand the daily work of people behind Harvard's GHG reduction program, the Resource Efficiency Program (REP), green labs program, and green building projects, to name just a few of the flagship sustainability programs at Harvard. Join us for a series of individual sessions with staff from the Office for Sustainability and other on-campus sustainability groups, as well as for meetings with University stakeholders that will expose you to diverse aspects of Harvard's commitment.
Last year, the Office for Sustainability, in partnership with the Office of Career Services and Green Building Services, piloted a program to students which offered sustainable tours of the Sherman Fairchild Building, which houses the Stem Cell and Research Biology Department, one of the University’s greenest and most efficient laboratory spaces, the Harvard Steam Plant, and Farkas Hall.
Learn more about Wintersession.