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The HCC spent its penultimate meeting collectively brainstorming and refining recommendations for our annual report, which can be downloaded here.
Our final meeting was a chance to reflect on the year and discuss the coming year. Congratulations to the new leaders, Eric Uva (KSG) and Stephen Jensen (GSAS)! Stay tuned for the third year of the Collaborative.
The 4th meeting of the Collaborative took place on January 25, and featured presentations from the HKS and GSD about environmental curriculum issues. The minutes can be found here.
The 5th meeting, on February 22, focused on recycling and waste. The topic was introduced by members of GSAS and SEAS. The minutes can be found here.
Very belatedly, the minutes from the November 30 HCC meeting on energy use can be found here.
Erin and Kelsey from the Harvard Medical School presented on energy projects at the medical school, and we had a lively discussion about the future of energy at Harvard. We hope to continue the discussion electronically and in person to better help Harvard towards its greenhouse gas reduction goal.
At the next meeting on January 25th, we will hear from the Kennedy School and the Design School about curriculum.
Thank you for a successful second meeting discussing water usage on campus.
Some of the highlights:
- Introduction of a ‘water footprint’ as a parallel to the ‘carbon footprint’
- Bottled water is banned at HSPH – how can we make this happen at the other schools?
- Both ‘Flow‘ and ‘Tapped‘ will be shown on campus this semester – stay tuned for more details
- Most effective water savings will likely be through installation of smart irrigation systems
Please see the minutes (updated) here.
The HES presentation on water can be found here.
Additionally, we were joined by Jaclyn Olsen from the Office for Sustainability. Her presentation will be up shortly.
When Wed, October 14, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Where Graduate School of Design, Room 112/Stubbins room, Gund Hall, 46 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA (map)
Description Speaker: Rob Gogan, who oversees recycling, surplus and trash for Harvard Facilities Maintenance Operations. What’s in Harvard’s trash, and where does it go when it leaves the building?
Fall is upon us, and so is the second year of the Harvard Climate Collaborative. After a wonderful year with Spring and Aron, this year’s Collaborative will be facilitated by Karen McKinnon (College ’10) and Emma Crossen (HDS ’10). Additionally, the group will be working closely with the Environment Society, led by Julia Africa (GSD ’11) to add a social aspect to the group.
The primary purpose of the Collaborative for its second year is to facilitate communication between environmental leaders at each school in the University. Each meeting will be based upon an action theme that applies across schools, such as that of our first meeting, Green Orientation programs.
For more information about the functioning of the Collaborative, please see the About page.
Minutes from the first meeting are available here.
Congratulations to Julia Africa (GSD ’11, formerly HSPH), the new head of the Environment Society. In addition to attending to the semi-annual BBQs and email lists that keep ES functioning, Julia will be working hard to ensure that the ES becomes more of an action-oriented group. Ideas generated at HCC meetings or by individual students will be turned into concrete collaborations between schools; Julia will be instrumental in encouraging these efforts and will work closely with our new HCC leadership:
Congratulations to Shannon Simms (GSD ’10) and Karen McKinnon (College ’10), the new coordinators of the Harvard Climate Collaborative. The two will coordinate meetings and assist with compiling the Annual Report. Additionally, they will work to create an HCC 2009 – 2010 that fosters greater relationship building between students at different schools in an effort to encourage interschool collaboration and more effective environmental leadership around the University.
“HCC 2009 – 2010: Four Models”
Tiffany Curtis (HDS), Dan Chandler (GSAS), Stephen Jensen (GSAS), Craig Altemose (HLS), Allyson Meyers (HKS), Emma Crossen (HDS), Dave Lewis (GSD), Kevin Banahan (HSPH), Peter James (HSPH), Julia Roos (HSPH), Julia Africa (HSPH/GSD), Karen McKinnon (College), Katie Walter (College), Gracie Brown (College), Nicole DeSantis (Extension School), Jake Bowman (Extension School), Garrett Smith (HBS), Jane Baumgartner (HILR), Charlie Allen (HILR), Andrew Costigan (HGSE), Lina Swislocki (HGSE), Shannon Simms (GSD)
HCC 2008 – 2009 Annual Report:
Distribution: Please hand-deliver to your dean. Aron and Spring have emailed out a cover letter template you can use if you’d like.
If you’d like more copies of the report, please email Spring by noon on Friday (May 1).
Extension School Presentation:
Community-based social marketing (Jack Spengler/Leith Sharp)
Discussion of how to recognize “sustainability” – success when the term is no longer necessary because it is simply a part of how everything works
Challenge: Extension School students are busy, splitting time between work and school.
Benefit: Extension School students are often around in the Boston area longer than your average Harvard student
Harvard Extension Environmental Club (HEEC) has an active following of roughly 100 people.
Environmental Health Club (@HSPH) Presentation
Dining Services is an ally – Composting program started in 2008 thanks to student effort and supportive staff.
HSPH GHG Reduction Strategy
• construction standards
• behavioral change
• infrastructure upgrades
• research of new technologies
Advanced (and energy-efficient) monitoring system for ventilation in the labs
Successful collaboration with HGSE and HMS student group (SEAM)
No central environmental club — ever a challenge
Small emissions relative to other schools.
Trying to work to set up more Green Teams
Work in the Grad Dorms:
- Environmental Kick-off (at beginning of year)
- Flower-planting party
- Environmental Poster Series to raise awareness
Group Discussion: Potential Shape of and Role for HCC 2009 – 2010
4 models (not mutually exclusive):
1. HCC 2.0 or the “Harvard Sustainability THINK TANK.”
2. CURRICULAR CHANGE and a BROADER FOCUS
3. REGIONAL HCC
4. COMMUNICATIONS, continued
Members suggest possible roles for the HCC:
- Push for administrative and implementation transparency
- better practice sharing between schools
- building stronger student relationships
- building ties outside Harvard and learning from other schools
What has been most useful about the HCC this year?
Administrative speakers are okay, but we can’t and shouldn’t rehash that next year: boring and repetitive. Student presentations are good, but that content can be covered in the annual report. Meetings should focus on going more in-depth with specific topics.
Real benefit of the group: cuts across school lines: possibility to build really strong student-student relationships that can spur collaborative efforts.
How to encourage this student relationship building?
- Group retreat in the fall
- training on behavior change
- start with HCC Annual Report ’08 – ’09 (expect attendees to have read it before the retreat), build from there
- Create internal HCC working groups to lead discussions
- topically-oriented (depth in favor of breadth at each meeting)
Possibility to generate side groups working on specific projects, implement big ideas (orientation program, J-term interschool charettes, &c.), though the HCC needs to remain focused on the task of knowledge and ideas sharing. All HCC reps are busy with their own groups, and the HCC can function as a way to develop leadership ideas and possibilities that can be dispersed throughout Harvard via the HCC reps.