David Havelick

Assistant Director

David joined the Office for Sustainability in June 2016 after ten years of working at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology, where he also co-led the EcoOpportunity Green Team and led the Harvard Longwood Bicyclists.

David graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Political Science and Sociology in 2005, and earned his master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from the Harvard Extension School in 2014.

In the Office for Sustainability, David helps to develop and advance the University-wide goals, standards, and commitments that are contained in the Harvard University Sustainability Plan. He works with faculty, students, staff, and senior leaders to translate cutting edge research into practice and to ensure that research informs the priorities of the Office and the University. An example of this was his work with faculty, students, and staff to create Harvard’s Sustainable and Healthful Food Standards.   

He also manages the Campus Sustainability Innovation Fund, which supports projects that use Harvard’s campus or the neighboring community as a test bed for envisioning and piloting innovative solutions to sustainability challenges.

Outside of the office, David is currently on the Board of the Boston Vegetarian Society, on the Advisory Committee for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and a member of the advisory coalition of Boston's Good Food Purchasing Program. In his distant past, David has also been a magician, a bartender, and a political journalist.