Goal Zero: we are acting on climate with bold action.

Harvard's climate action plan to achieve Goal Zero
(zero fossil fuels by 2050)

Our climate action plan will build on our past progress and use the campus to confront the difficult questions posed by climate change and test promising new solutions that move Harvard, and the world, toward a fossil fuel-free future.

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2006-2016 Climate Goal

In 2016, Harvard achieved its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2016, from a 2006 baseline, inclusive of campus growth.

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Energy efficiency

Our facilities leaders and building managers aggressively pursue energy efficiency as part of our climate strategy. As a result of our short-term climate goal, energy use was reduced by 10% across campus, even as square footage increased by 12%.

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Renewable Energy

On-site solar PV, solar thermal, biomass, and geothermal installations play an important role in diversifying Harvard’s energy supply and serving as a testing ground to inform future action. 

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Preparedness and resiliency

Harvard is proactively working with our neighboring cities of Cambridge and Boston to better understand and plan for the impacts climate change.

The University is paying special attention to how extreme weather events and sea level rise will affect the region in order to make our campus more resilient.

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External partnerships

Harvard is leading partnerships across higher education, government, and business to develop shared solutions to climate challenges on a local, regional, and global level.

Through its work on different commissions and organizations, such as the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future, International Sustainable Campus Network and Ivy Plus Sustainability Group, Harvard is collaborating with its peers to confront a broad range of issues, including GHG emissions accounting, renewable energy purchasing, climate preparedness, high performance computing, and laboratory energy use. 

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