Campus & Community

Green Campus Initiative looks at global environment

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Includes how Harvard can address sustainability

The Harvard Green Campus Initiative (HGCI) invites University faculty, staff, students, and alumni to its upcoming conference, titled “Harvard Vision 2020: A Bridge to Campus Sustainability,” to contribute their thoughts on how Harvard can address the demands of environmental sustainability in its future campus design, development, and operations. The three-day conference, which kicks off April 27 at Gutman Library (Graduate School of Education), will feature prominent keynote speakers, interdisciplinary panel discussions, workshops, special events, and opportunities to meet Harvard affiliates with a shared commitment to campus environmental sustainability.

Specifically, the conference will give participants an opportunity to learn more about the complexities, innovations, and practices around global environmental issues and how they relate to campus planning, building design, environmental procurement, renewable energy, and more. Training seminars on a variety of topics essential to the increasingly professionally relevant topic of sustainability will be offered, along with healthful cuisine prepared by University Dining Services using local and organic produce.

Keynote speakers include Robert Kennedy Jr., senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council and author of “Crimes Against Nature”; Hunter Lovins, CEO of Natural Capitalism Solutions Inc. and co-author of “Natural Capitalism”; Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino; Harvard University President Lawrence H. Summers; and the Hon. Timothy E. Wirth, president of the UN Foundation and Better World Fund.

Registration options include half-day, full-day, and full conference packages. For more information, or to register (space is limited), visit