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Campus Services provides a wide range of services and programs to the Harvard community. Their diverse workforce of approximately 1,600 employees are committed to relentlessly improving customer service, developing innovative and cost-effective solutions, and helping build a more sustainable campus. The departments within Campus Services have a deep, longstanding commitment to sustainability and to developing innovative solutions that lead to a healthier, greener campus for our community.
Harvard Common Spaces
In early 2008, Harvard President Drew Faust assembled a Committee on Common Spaces and charged the group with guiding a planning initiative that would lead to "the transformation of certain physical spaces" and the enhancement of a "sense of engagement and community."
Launched in 2009, the Common Spaces program fosters a stronger sense of community across Harvard by providing students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to share spaces and experiences—from art exhibits and outdoor performances to exciting activities and special events. The Events Management office, a department within Harvard Campus Services, coordinates the Common Spaces program.
Through the Common Spaces program, Harvard is taking advantage of the ways in which the physical environment can support the kinds of engagement that enhance and sustain the vitality of the University community.
- PRESIDENT DREW G. FAUST
Harvard University Dining Services
Sustainability is a core value for the Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS). HUDS is committed to purchasing and operational practices and menu choices that sustain the health and well-being of the environment, communities, and the people producing and eating food.
As James Beard noted, “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” HUDS considers it a honor to use this medium to demonstrate the real opportunities and surmountable challenges that lead to improved campus – and world – sustainability.
The Food Literacy Project at HUDS cultivates an understanding of food from the ground up. Education focuses on four integrated areas of food and society: agriculture, nutrition, food preparation and community. Ultimately, the project goal is to promote enduring knowledge, enabling consumers to make informed food choices.
Environmental Health & Safety
The Environmental Health & Safety department promotes a culture of safety, health, environmental protection and compliance, and emergency preparedness at Harvard. The team manages the greenhouse gas emissions inventory reporting and Harvard's climate preparedness planning. In addition, EH&S has partnered with the Office for Sustainability to integrate sustainability-related data points into monthly laboratory audits and walkthroughs.
The Transportation department manages the Commuter Choice Program and shuttle services that provide better connectivity between campuses and give students, faculty, and staff health opportunities to drive less and reduce their carbon footprint. Visit the transportation topic page to learn more.
Energy & Facilities
Energy & Facilities manages Harvard's complex utility infrastructure as well as the purchase and operation of energy resources while providing specialized engineering and technical services for the Cambridge and Allston campuses. Several units within Energy & Facilities are strongly involved in the university's sustainability commitment:
- Energy supply and utilities has worked to increase the efficiency of Harvard's energy supply, increasing our investment in renewable energy and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions at the Blackstone Steam Plant.
- Green Building Services supports the sustainable design, construction and operation of buildings across Harvard by providing a wide range of services and expertise including energy auditing, commissioning and LEED documentation.
- The Landscaping group is responsible for the widespread implementation of Harvard's organic landscaping program.
- The Recycling and Waste team provides a number of services including recycling collection and trash removal, redistribution of surplus furniture within Harvard departments, charity partnerships for donation of surplus furnishings and equipment and waste reduction strategies.
- The Custodial Services team provides certified green cleaning services to the Harvard community.
Harvard Real Estate
Harvard Real Estate is a leader in Harvard’s greenhouse gas reduction efforts, and a long-time supporter of the campus-wide sustainability principles. We provide quality space to meet the needs of Harvard’s faculties, departments, and the University as a whole in our 99 buildings. We also own and manage three hotels, an off-campus commercial office park, and retail locations that are leased to non-University clients.
Real Estate was the first department at Harvard to partner with the Office for Sustainability on LEED construction projects. Our group of trained professionals continues to optimize energy and resource efficiency of university and commercial properties it owns and manages.
Their new Sustainability Engagement Program offers tenants a chance to stay connected to Harvard Real Estate initiatives and events, access to tools and resources, and provide on-going Sustainability Advisement.