On Oct. 23rd, 30 students and staff decided not to spend their lazy Sunday mornings sleeping in, but rather, to get up early, roll up their sleeves, and pitch in to make the Office for the Arts (OFA) and Office of Career Services (OCS) greener buildings.

This was the third Student Run Weatherization organized by the FAS Green Program, Green Building Services and Office for Sustainability, having weatherized the Freshman Dean’s Office the previous spring, and the Philips Brooks House the spring before that. This year, as in past years, Green Building Services trained six undergraduate student leaders in simple measures that can make an office building more efficient, such as insulating hot water pipes and installing LED light fixtures. On the day of the Weatherization, the leaders instructed and guided their peers to install these measures, and within a period of 4 hours, both buildings had new light fixtures, improved insulation, and many other green features.

Furthermore, while the students learned how to green a space, the staff of those buildings also received lessons in being green. Each of the 40 occupants received a reusable bag, care of Harvard recycling, with green goodies inside, like a reusable mug. They had new recycling and trash bins added to each office, as well as smart power strips below their desks.

All told, the work of the students and the staff are expected to save the university over $6,500 and 19 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. The student run weatherization continue to be one of the FAS’ most successful and innovative projects, pulling together student education, staff engagement, and energy savings all at once.