The Harvard Office for Sustainability's Undergraduate Resource Efficiency Program (REP) joined the College's Opening Days festivities, hosting or attending nine different events. The Program’s signature events, Move-in Day sustainability information tent, Green Tour of the Yard, and Freshmen Green Fair, helped inform and excite incoming freshman about Harvard's commitment to sustainability. At the Freshmen Green Fair, and the College's first Brain Break, over 1400 Freshmen enjoyed delicious and healthy smoothies, learned about environmental clubs, classes, and jobs on campus, and received their own reusable mug. Harvard's newest class joined the REPs in taking a pledge to use their new reusable mugs on campus instead of paper cups.
This year the REPs also introduced the Recycling Challenge, a new, interactive recycling, compost, and e-waste quiz designed to help introduce Harvard's recycling policies and initiatives to the new community. Over 300 students participated in the Challenge over the two weeks of Opening Days to win a “Sustainabilitas” reusable bag. The bags, made of 100% post consumer recycled plastic, were purchased with a grant submitted by Green ’16.