Reduce energy and electricity use

Turn off lights (use LEDs), power down, and unplug electronics when not in use.Reduce energy in your dorm Reduce energy in Harvard University Housing

 

Compost and recycle

Harvard offers composting in all undergraduate freshman dorms. Compost food scraps, napkins, and compostable containers. Recycle paper, glass, plastic, and aluminum all in the same bin. 

 

Use a reusable mug or water bottle

Get discounts at participating locations; and use filtered water stations across campus to refill your bottle. 

 

Apply for project funding

Get funding for your creative ideas with help from a Student Sustainability Grant.

 

Learn it

Browse the Harvard Center for the Environment's Course Guide, and attend events and talks on energy, sustainability, and the environment.

 

Take shorter showers

The average shower uses 20 gallons of water! Try shaving a few minutes off yours to save water, and the energy used to heat it. 

 

Reduce food waste

Practice mindfulness when selecting food in dining halls. Wasting food wastes the energy and water used in producing and transporting it.

 

Walk, bike, or opt for public transit

It's good for the environment and your health! Bicycle storage and racks can be found campus. Harvard also sponsors 12 Hubway bike share stations (and offers a discount), and the Harvard Shuttle is tracked in real time and takes you around campus.

 

Wash clothes in cold

Washing in cold water uses 90% less energy than washing in hot and preserves the life of your clothes. 

 

Get involved

Apply to be a leader on the Council of Student Sustainability Leaders. Check out the Office of Career Services for internship and job opportunities in energy, sustainability, and environment fields.