Harvard is committed to developing a more sustainable campus. 100% of the grounds that are maintained by Harvard Facilities Maintenance Operations (FMO) are organically landscaped, and efforts to ensure a pedestrian-friendly campus are consistently updated and improved.
Connected to a robust public transportation network, Harvard Transportation Services promotes numerous options for reducing automobile dependency through the Commuter Choice program including: subsidized transit passes, ride sharing opportunities, and connection to the Cambridge and Boston bicycle networks. In addition, a University sponsored vehicle sharing program preferences fuel efficient automobiles, and electric charging stations can be found in parking garages throughout campus.
To reduce runoff and achieve building water reduction goals on Campus; Stormwater Management plans include the capture, storage, treatment, and reuse of rainwater. Reused stormwater from building rainwater harvesting systems can be used in place of potable water for landscape irrigation, grey water flushing systems, and even process cooling.
Other things to consider when designing sustainable sites and landscapes include:
- Planting and maintaining native landscapes to reduce and possibly eliminate the need for permanently installed irrigation systems.
- Minimizing the urban heat island effect by maintaining or installing existing vegetative space and specifying high albedo and reflective materials for roof materials and hardscape materials.
- Reducing wasteful electricity consumption by minimizing site lighting and eliminating light trespass.
- Limiting the development footprint to protect and preserve natural habitats and looking for opportunities to create habitats where they no longer exist. This can include planting green roofs, or even enhancing urban biodiversity with a bee colony.