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									Harvard University

The Green Campus Initiative

This program began in 1999, a collaborative effort between faculty, administrators, staff and students,
with the combined goals of reducing the environmental impacts of campus operations and promoting
environmental sustainability.

The Mission Statement:

 The HGCI vision is to establish an integrated commitment throughout Harvard by becoming a
"learning organization" and a living laboratory in the pursuit of environmental sustainability. The
approach is to engage and involve the Harvard community of faculty, students and administrators,
working within Harvard's decentralized structure to enable local management involvement, develop
understanding of sustainability, develop networks within and between faculties, and enable the
community to Institutionalize sustainable practices.

In 2001, the Green Campus Initiative established the Green Campus Loan Fund (GCLF), a
$3,000,000 interest-free revolving loan fund which is strictly used to finance environmentally and
economically beneficial projects in the University community. Through the GCLF program, the GCI
helps interested partners identify, develop, finance, and earn recognition for environmentally
responsible projects. HGCI is continually seeking to increase incentives for environmentally
sustainable projects.

Harvard’s Computer Energy Reduction Program, which began in 2001 after a study revealed
significant savings that would result from more efficient computer use. The goal is to reduce energy
costs by $200,000 and CO2 emissions by 1300 metric tons per year. With cooperation from other
departments at the University, computer users are becoming more aware of the facilities and putting
them on standby when not in use. The reduction program also monitors power management settings,
and seeks to purchase energy-efficient systems. Most recently this program also began to provide
the University community with downloadable power management, which can set PCs to the designed
setting to encourage with energy efficiency.

The HPRE Sustainable Building Program Coordinator develops resources to support sustainable
building design, operation, renovations and planning efforts. Currently under development are a
database of products and service providers, green building specifications, and construction waste
management plans. UNC—Chapel Hill and other institutions are also utilizing such strategies. The
Sustainability Coordinator is also charged with establishing and maintaining a green building
communications strategy to disseminate information among faculty and staff, and to document green
building efforts. Also under development are education strategies for tenants, clients, and contractors.

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