Six more HCL units go green

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Following last year’s successful effort to achieve, at minimum, Green Leaf One certification for all staff workspaces in Widener, Houghton, Lamont, Pusey, and Tozzer libraries, six additional Harvard College Library (HCL) units have been recognized by Harvard’s Office for Sustainability for Green Leaf Four, the program’s highest level.

Most recently, the Fine Arts Library (FAL) at Littauer, the FAL Digital Images and Slide Collection at Sackler and the Harvard Film Archive, were recognized with Green Leaf Four certification. Earlier this year, staff members in HCL Technical Services (HCLTS) also reached the program’s highest level. Two units which had already been certified at lower levels ????? HCL Information Technology Services and HCL Conservation Services – also recently made the jump to Green Leaf Four. Work on certification is underway at Loeb Music Library and Harvard-Yenching Library.


The recent certifications mean 22 HCL units have achieved at least Green Leaf One certification, with half reaching Green Leaf Four. University-wide, HCL offices account for nearly 40 percent of all offices that have reached Leaf Four. In addition to the recent certifications, a number of other units, including Operations, Human Resource Services, Communications, Office of the Librarian of Harvard College, and Houghton Library, have already reached Green Leaf Four.

“It is encouraging to see the continued enthusiasm and momentum with this program,” HCL Director of Operations and Security Paul Bellenoit said. “As is evident with the additional certifications, the Green Team and staff in the various libraries have continued to work together to achieve success with the goal for all departments to achieve Green Leaf Four by the end of 2011.”