One Harvard Engagement

The foundation of Sustainability at Harvard is collaborative decision-making and a clearly defined administrative leadership and organizational management framework to engage and empower students, staff and faculty across every one of Harvard’s Schools and administrative departments.

This governance structure was created to foster continuous improvement and coordinated decision-making, and to ensure that all stakeholders have a voice in policy development through active participation in planning and implementation efforts. 

Collective decision-making has had a multiplier effect for us.


The Office for Sustainability convenes and manages the university-wide committees and working groups that represent hundreds of stakeholders from across the university. These teams meet regularly to brainstorm strategies and goals that will drive continuous improvement over the long-term. By creating opportunities to work across disciplines and between sectors the entire University is focused on creating solutions for a more sustainable future that can be replicated at Harvard and beyond.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Executive Committee

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Executive Committee, comprised of faculty and senior level administrators, from across Harvard’s Schools and units, was appointed by President Faust in 2008 to provide strategic leadership and guidance during the ongoing implementation of Harvard’s greenhouse gas reduction goal.

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Sustainability Management Council

The SMC is comprised of key Senior University staff including facilities and operational leaders from across campus. The SMC's mission is to facilitate best practice sharing amongst facilities and operations leaders across Harvard Schools and units to enable the cost-effective achievement of the University’s sustainability and energy management goals.

The group is managed by John Ullman with the Office for Sustainability and meets every two months to facilitate University-wide discussion around best practices for the cost-effective achievement of sustainability and energy reduction goals and to ensure University-wide alignment and policy development for increased efficiencies and progress. SMC expertise shapes the proposed GHG reduction policies and principles prior to Executive Committee review. Subject-specific SMC sub-committees are convened to develop proposals for key GHG and energy conservation topics.

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Council of Student Sustainability Leaders

The Council of Student Sustainability Leaders (CSSL) is a group convened by the Office for Sustainability with representation from environmental groups at Harvard College and each of Harvard’s professional schools. CSSL meets throughout the year to discuss and provide feedback and recommendations on sustainability initiatives at Harvard and to lay the groundwork in preparation for advancing the University’s sustainability goals.

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Green Team Leaders Network

The Green Team Leaders network is comprised of staff members across all twelve schools and administrative units who lead green teams efforts at their respective schools.

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