Sustainability at HDS

CSWR solar panels

“Climate change and the challenge of sustainability are global problems. But climate change is also a local problem. Solving it begins with each of us.” —Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust

As a steward of Harvard University’s original mission—to educate ethical leaders who work for a better world—HDS is a campus leader in environmental sustainability. In the past few years HDS:

  • Has reduced greenhouse gases 37 percent from a 2006 baseline (with more to come)
  • Achieved LEED Gold certification in 2009 at the revitalized Rockefeller Hall, and in 2014 for large classroom and auditorium upgrades across campus
  • Installed solar panels at CSWR
  • Leads Harvard University with a 79 percent recovery rate for waste
  • Adopted green cleaning products and landscape methods
  • Grows and donates fresh produce to a local food bank in Cambridge

Classes and conferences

Along with others, HDS Professor Dan McKanan, an associate of the Harvard Center for the Environment, teaches about religion and ecology and organizes major conferences on the challenges of maintaining a sustainable planet:

The future

In addition to ongoing programs, the School’s vision for the future includes a dramatic reduction of its environmental footprint through the renewal of the heart of its campus, Andover Hall.

People making a difference