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.
Immediately following the adoption of Harvard’s GHG Reduction Goal in 2008, five cross-School and Administration Working Groups and a Student Advisory Group were tasked with researching and making recommendations which were reviewed and overseen by the GHG Reduction Executive Committee. The result of this strategic approach was the development of a comprehensive GHG reduction implementation strategy and approval of new university-wide policies including the Green Building Standards, Temperature Policy, a financial framework for energy conservation project prioritization and implementation and an updated GHG emissions inventory structure that includes standardized energy reporting.
Today, the Executive Committee meets to review recommendations from the Sustainability and Energy Management Council (which was created after the working groups finished their work as a venue for university-wide decision-making and best practice sharing). The Administrative Council (comprised of administrative deans from Harvard's Schools) approves new policies that will be implemented university-wide.
The Committee is led by the Executive Vice President, Katie Lapp, and two faculty chairs, Jeremy Bloxham, Dean of Science at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Robert S. Kaplan, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School.