A week of Green Tips: April 11–15

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Every day is Earth Day at Harvard. That’s why during the month of April the Harvard Office for Sustainability will be featuring a Green Tip every day, not just on Earth Day (April 22). Every Monday in April we’ll post the coming week’s five green tips for the Harvard community and beyond. Read them, enjoy them, and help us make green the new crimson!

  • Monday, April 11: Print Less. You can reduce waste by setting your printer defaults to double-side, challenging your office to print less or widening your margins. Click here to learn how.
  • Tuesday, April 12: Go Zero Waste. Harvard hosts thousands of events a year and many of them are going green by going zero waste. Click here (PDF) to download our zero waste event guide to get started or click here to read about how one department turned their annual potluck into a zero waste event!
  • Wednesday, April 13: Green Your Lawn. Harvard’s Campus Services department manages more than 30 acres through organic landscaping, eliminating harmful chemicals, and improving soil health. Check out their web page to learn about how you can green your lawn.
  • Thursday, April 14: What’s Your Water Footprint? How much water is consumed based on what we’re eating, drinking buying or based on where we live? Two Harvard Graduate School of Design students, Joseph Bergen and Nickie Huang, set out to show the world in a creative online data visualization.
  • Friday, April 15: Roadmap to Greener Buildings. Interested in pursuing LEED certification for your building project? Visit the Green Building Resource website to view guidelines for achieving each LEED credit, including a roadmap outlining recommended processes for each design phase. The Green Building Services team in Campus Services is available to help Harvard Schools and departments with their LEED certification.

Don’t forget to visit our Earth Month web page at, where we’re compiling a list of environmental events across campus that will educate and inspire you. We also have links to tools and resources that will help get you started.