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Harvard University – Harvard University Sustainability Plan

By on September 13, 2016
Harvard University

Contact name and title
Saad Amer, Founder Saad Amer Design


Title of activity
Harvard University Sustainability Plan

Description of activity
I researched and co-authored Harvard University’s Sustainability Plan, an environmental initiative installing programs reducing Harvard’s greenhouse gas emissions and physical/water waste while increasing efficiency across Harvard’s 12 campuses.
Sustainable Development Goal 11 targets relating to activity

11.2 By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons

11.6 By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
11.a Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
11.b By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels

Main themes of this activity

Planning and Design



Climate Change

Changes that took place as a result of this activity
Harvard’s greenhouse gasses have been reduced by 23%, inclusive of growth, and the campus has lead successful initiatives to reduce food waste, increase composing and recycling, utilize organic landscaping, reduce water use and more.
How the impact of the activity was measured
Impact is measured by reductions from 2001 baselines, usually inclusive of growth.
URL links related to the activity
  • http://green.harvard.edu/commitment/our-plan
Additional notes
I spent two years working on this plan and met with faculty at Harvard, took notes from student groups and looked at existing resources of other US universities. I would be more than happy to help develop something for universities across the world.