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organic landscaping

In spite of their “greenness”, lawns can be huge burdens on the environment. During summer try watering and mowing your lawn less often. You will conserve water, release fewer greenhouse gases, and save money. 

A green tip from the facilities team at the Radcliffe Institue for Advanced Study

Light bulbs, hand-dryers, or chilled- and hot- water pumps rarely evoke dedicated interest or enthusiasm, but for Harvard’s building managers and facility leaders the energy and cost savings these technologies can deliver tend to inspire such...

As a lab that takes sustainability seriously, it is important to integrate sustainable practices into purchasing and planning strategy. Use these helpful tips when thinking about purchasing for your lab.

In a rush between classes, practices, and other activities many students grab meals on the run from Harvard’s dining halls, consequently taking valuable reusable plates, cups, and silverware with them. Unfortunately, those dishes often go...
The University's Sustainability Plan details a goal to reduce University-wide water use 30% by 2020, from a 2006 baseline. Below is a journal entry on my water usage, an installment in my “ Living the Sustainability Plan ” series. Once...
This entry is part of a series of journal entries on the Sustainability Plan . For Nature and Ecosystems, I write about my own personal connection to and experience with nature. In my second semester at Harvard, I took a seminar at the Harvard...
This is Part 2 of a two-part blog by Harvard College student Forrest Lewis (College '17). Read Part 1. When Taylor Swift wrote “Out of the Woods” as a tribute to the 2015 Harvard Forest Summer Program students, she probably wasn’t...

At Harvard, as part of our organic landscaping and maintenance program, staff are creating compost tea.