The Central Administrative departments are overseen by Executive Vice President Katie Lapp and include all aspects of the University’s financial, administrative, human resources, campus services, planning and project management, development in Allston, health services, information technology and diversity functions. Many of the departments have led initiatives to integrate sustainability into their established business practices.

Harvard Human Resources

The Office for Sustainability has partnered with Harvard Human Resources to strengthen Harvard's commitment to sustainability by integrating "Green Heroes" into the Harvard Heroes employee recognition program and including a five-minute overview of the university's sustainability commitment in new employee orientation.

In addition, Harvard Human Resources, in collaboration with the Executive Vice President Katie Lapp and the Center for Wellness, has launched the university-wide Healthy Harvard initiative to provide the community with health and wellness resources that can help you stay positive and healthy year-round. Mindfulness at Work is a local initiative that grew out of this effort dedicated to providing employees in Central Administration with new tools to manage stress and increase personal resilience.

Financial Administration and Strategic Procurement

Harvard's Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines reduce the environmental impact of purchasing decisions. The Strategic Procurement Department established the guidelines to help ensure purchasing decisions are aligned with University-wide sustainability goals by buying goods and services from manufacturers and suppliers committed to protecting the environment. Harvard’s preferred vendor Roxbury Technology is an example of how the University supports local, minority-owned, and sustainable businesses through its purchasing decisions.

Harvard University Information Technology

Harvard University Information Technology is an active partner in the university's Green IT efforts. Visit the IT topics page to learn more.

Harvard Planning & Project Management

Harvard’s Schools and central administrative units integrate energy conservation measures over $100,000 into their annual five-year Capital Plan submissions which are coordinated through Harvard Planning & Project Management.  The process embeds life cycle costing, energy saving and GHG Reduction planning into the University’s mid and long-range space and growth planning and decision-making.  In addition, it provides the Office for Sustainability with estimates of growth and emissions due to construction or purchase of new buildings or more energy intensive use of existing space

Comprehensive physical or master planning on Harvard's campuses is being undertaken at a district level, recognizing the unique physical and functional attributes of distinct areas of the campus.  Sustainability considerations are incorporated fully into master planning efforts.  District level planning exercises implemented after Harvard’s adoption of the Sustainability Principles have utilized a sustainability framework that includes energy and greenhouse gas emissions, water, waste, transportation, landscape and ecology, campus culture and human health, and reuse of existing infrastructure.