Harvard University was recently recognized and ranked third on a list of 50 Colleges Committed to Saving the Planet by The College Database and the US Directory of Colleges. Harvard's Environmental Sciences and Engineering Program was recognized specifically for its degree concentrations in atmospheric sciences, microbiology, climate, oceanography, environmental chemistry, water management, and international environmental politics. Also recognized was Harvard's Environmental Economics Program

Identified were 50 US colleges and universities where environmental education takes center stage. Each college on the list offers a full suite of degree programs, or a single stand-out program, with clear focus on environmental protection, energy efficiency, sustainability, and more. Wes Ricketts, Vice President and General Manager of The College Database said, "Those [colleges] on our list stand out not only for unique concentration and scope, but also for going beyond the classroom, turning lessons learned into long-term, life-changing results.”