Sustainability At Harvard

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Published on February 6, 2009

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University Operations Services (UOS) is a leader in sustainability. The nature of our programs and services allows us a unique opportunity to improve the environment, and it’s something we are deeply committed to doing.

Recently Harvard pledged to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 30% by 2016. Meeting this aggressive goal will require the collective efforts of all students, faculty, and staff including UOS. We will continue to improve the efficiency of our operations, develop innovative solutions for reducing GHG emissions, and engage the Harvard community on environmental issues.

We’re also working closely with the newly created Office for Sustainability; an organization born from the Harvard Green Campus Initiative which for nearly a decade was an integral part of UOS.

University Operations Services Leadership in Sustainability A brief tour of our programs, services, and projects that help improve the environment

University Operations Services Switching from oil to natural gas reduced the Blackstone Steam Plant’s GHG emissions 15% Improved Fuel Selection

Switching from oil to natural gas reduced the Blackstone Steam Plant’s GHG emissions 15%

Equipment upgrades at the Central Chilled Water Plant reduced overall system energy use 18% University Operations Services Investing in Efficiency

Equipment upgrades at the Central Chilled Water Plant reduced overall system energy use 18%

University Operations Services The same steam that heats Harvard’s buildings will soon generate up to 5-megawatts of electricity Introducing Cogeneration

University Operations Services UOS facilitates the purchasing of RECs from a 1.8 megawatt wind turbine Renewable Energy Credits (REC)

UOS facilitates the purchasing of RECs from a 1.8 megawatt wind turbine

University Operations Services The University’s largest wind power study is currently underway in Allston! MET Tower Project

The University’s largest wind power study is currently

underway in Allston!

University Operations Services Free Cooling Heat Exchangers In winter months, cold outside air used to produce chilled water reduces energy use by 2/3

University Operations Services 100% recycled paper, reusable Microfiber™ cloths, Minimal chemicals, safer for staff and environment! Green Cleaning Programs

100% recycled paper, reusable Microfiber™ cloths,

Minimal chemicals, safer for staff and environment!

University Operations Services Eliminates chemicals and synthetic fertilizers! Restores natural nutrient cycle to soils and plants Organic Landscaping

Eliminates chemicals and synthetic fertilizers!

Restores natural nutrient cycle to soils and plants

University Operations Services More than 2,000 tons of landscape waste are recovered and composted annually Composting

More than 2,000 tons of landscape waste are recovered and composted annually

University Operations Services Takes the guess work out of recycling! Harvard’s recycling doubled in the past 10 years Single Stream Recycling

Takes the guess work out of recycling!

Harvard’s recycling doubled in the past 10 years

University Operations Services Harvard’s recycling rate is 52% and growing! Best in the Ivy League! A Recycling Leader!

Harvard’s recycling rate is 52% and growing!

Best in the Ivy League!

University Operations Services Don’t throw that out! Over $2.5M in useful stuff donated to charities in 2007 Surplus Distribution Program

Don’t throw that out!

Over $2.5M in useful stuff donated to charities in 2007

University Operations Services Proper Maintenance = Operating Efficiency Leaking steam traps waste thousands $$ annually! Steam Trap Testing

Proper Maintenance = Operating Efficiency

Leaking steam traps waste thousands $$ annually!

University Operations Services Alternative technologies are an important part of Harvard’s energy portfolio. Geothermal Resources

Alternative technologies are an important part of Harvard’s energy portfolio.

University Operations Services Maximizing efficiency through proper installation, operation, and maintenance of building systems Owner Services Programs

Maximizing efficiency through proper installation, operation, and maintenance of building systems

University Operations Services Buildings generate 85+% of all GHG at Harvard. Meeting our goals will mean using less! Energy Auditing

Buildings generate 85+% of all GHG at Harvard.

Meeting our goals will mean using less!

Employees have free access to bicycles during work hours University Operations Services Departmental Bike Programs

Employees have free access to bicycles during work hours

6,500 Harvard employees receive 50% off MBTA passes University Operations Services Mass Transit Discounts

6,500 Harvard employees receive 50% off

MBTA passes

Harvard’s hybrid-only program has 4,000 members University Operations Services Zip Cars ™

Harvard’s hybrid-only program has 4,000 members

Participants pay up to 75% less for parking University Operations Services Carpool Programs

Participants pay up to 75% less for parking

University Operations Services 25,000 gallons of rainfall are used to wash University vehicles annually Rainwater Recycling

25,000 gallons of rainfall are used to wash University vehicles annually

University Operations Services All shuttle buses are fueled with a mix of Biodiesel & Ultra-low Sulfur Diesel Alternative Fuel Vehicles

All shuttle buses are fueled with a mix of

Biodiesel & Ultra-low Sulfur Diesel

Retreading tires saves 15 gallons of oil that would have been used to produce a new one University Operations Services Extending Equipment Life

Retreading tires saves 15 gallons of oil that would have been used to produce a new one

Solid Waste hauler contractually required to operate on Compressed Natural Gas or Biodiesel University Operations Services Influencing Others

Solid Waste hauler contractually required to operate on Compressed Natural Gas or Biodiesel

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