The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is working to reduce Harvard's greenhouse gases and to create a more sustainable campus by utilizing the innovative ideas and enthusiasm of committed students, staff, and faculty.

The SEAS Green Team was formed in 2009. This group of dedicated volunteers works to encourage individual behavior change across the School and focuses on educating peers and colleagues about sustainability through events and various initiatives.

SEAS also works closely with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on Green Lab initiatives, and collaborates frequently with the Earth and Planetary Sciences department and the Physics department. 

SEAS is proud to be a partner in the University's efforts to reduce our green house gas emissions and promote green thinking. In addition to pursuing research in critical areas like next generation 'smart' materials, solid oxide fuel cells, and nano filtration, we have furthered our local efforts by partnering with FAS on increasing the efficiencies of our labs. In addition, our green team is always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint in our offices and classrooms.

-Dean Cherry A. Murray, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Read the Q&A with Dean Cherry Murray and Harvard University Center for the Environment Director, Dan Schrag.

Re-Envisioning Engineering's Role in Energy and the Environment

SEAS Green Team Initiatives

Check the calendar for upcoming events. To learn more about joining the SEAS Green Team contact Kate Zirpolo Flynn,

  • Freecycle Events
  • Seed and plant swaps
  • Junk Mail Drives

Green Building Highlights

LEED properties:

SEAS IT Offices

SEAS 60 Oxford Street

SEAS NWL, B1 Annex

SEAS 58 Oxford, Vecitis Lab

SEAS 58 Oxford, Wyss Institute

SEAS Gordon McKay, Vlassak Laboratory

SEAS Gordon McKay, Weitz Lab

Efforts include:

  • Efficient lighting
  • Green cleaning products
  • Automated energy management (in Maxwell Dworkin)
  • Motion-detection lights
  • Renovations with eco-friendly practices (new IT offices)

Academic Programs and Research

Undergraduate Engineering Sciences

Graduate Engineering Sciences


  • Atmospheric and Climate Modeling
  • Energy and Environmental Technologies
  • Engineering, Economic Development, and Resource Management
  • Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology
  • Observation and Field Testing
  • Oceans and Geophysics
  • Pollution Monitoring