The HBS Green Living Program recently conducted a student survey that attracted close to 500 respondents. The intent of the survey was to better understand the awareness among students of green initiatives within Harvard, the general green practices of students, and to see where some of the big opportunities for improvement are for us at HBS.
So, here's how we did. First, the good news. Close to 85% of all students are aware of Harvard's Green Living Program. This is terrific as green living can be achieved mostly by making people aware of what they can do to help reduce their environmental footprint. A full 93% of all students mentioned conscientiously turning off lights when leaving a room. This is a terrific number, while we should all be looking to positively influence the balance 7% as well. Healthy percentages of students (close to 70%) also reported trying to recycle, conserve water, and conserve electricity to at least some degree. Also, nearly 50% of students almost always attempt to install energy efficient lighting in their rooms or apartments when they are actually tasked with installing lighting. Lastly, close to 80% of the population uses reusable water bottles instead of disposable plastic ones.
More than 95% of the students indicated their interest in learning about and improving recycling and other habits.