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Students, faculty, and staff in the Harvard Law School community drive the School's sustainability efforts. The involvement of so many stakeholders allows HLS to pursue a diverse set of sustainability projects and initiatives.
A glance at sustainability achievements at Harvard Law School over the years:
- 2005: The Green Living Program is established at HLS
- 2008: HLS is the first School to adopt composting campus-wide
- 2009: HLS staff and faculty members form the HLS Green Team
- 2009: HLS adopts the University Temperature Policy; is instrumental in leading to University commitment campus-wide
- 2012: Certified LEED Gold building, the WCC Student Center opens, adding to the three previous LEED certified buildings on campus
Green Living Program
The Harvard Law School Green Living Program began in 2005 as a peer-to-peer education initiative that promotes sustainable living in HLS residence halls and elsewhere on campus. Six Green Living Representatives ("Reps") connect with fellow students about energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and other topics through activities and information sharing. In addition, Reps take on independent projects designed to help students reduce their environmental impacts. The program is supported by HLS Facilities Management and is coordinated through the Office for Sustainability.
Green Living Student Representatives
The Green Living Reps serve as a resource for the dorm residents and lead a number of sustainability campaigns, initiatives and events for the Law School community throughout the academic year.
Examples of campaigns and events:
- Green Cup competition
- Bottled water taste tests
- Waste audits
- Reuse awareness campaigns
- Energy awareness and reduction campaigns
Are you a student interested in becoming a Green Living Rep or want to learn more about the Green Living Program?
Email the HLS Sustainability Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Living Representatives are interviewed and selected in the Spring to serve for the following academic year.
The Law School Green Team is a forum for members of the HLS community interested in taking action to improve campus sustainability. Members have been meeting monthly over lunch since February 2009. The Green Team takes on projects aimed at expanding knowledge surrounding the environmental impacts of daily decisions about food, energy, and materials. Additionally, the group seeks to make it easier for members of HLS to make more sustainable decisions about resource consumption. The Green Team is comprised of staff and faculty members with representatives spanning all departments, such as:
- Faculty Support
- Dean of Students
- Dean of Administration
- Harvard Law Review
- Facilities Management
- Dean’s Office
- Clinical Program
- HLS Library
- Berkman Center
- Office of Admissions
Stay in the loop by subscribing to HLS Green Team emails. We’ll send you information on upcoming events and cool resource both at HLS and University-wide.
Composting at HLS occurs in three forms:
- Dining Hall (The Hark): All food waste and napkins from food service activities are composted.
- Events: Composting is available for set-up at all events.
- Buildings: Compost bins are located in every dorm and academic and administrative building.
The state of HLS Compost today: Waste Audits of the HLS campus have continually shown that upwards of 40% of waste found in trash could have been composted. Over the course of the year, composting all organics in dorms could save 7.1 MTCDE, or the equivalent of removing 1.2 cars from the road.
Reuse and Recycling
Check the HLS calendar for frequent freecycle events throughout the year.
HLS-List is an online classifieds portal for HLS students run by the Dean of Students Office. Students may create an account and then post items for sale/giveaway/wanted.
Terracycle is an innovative waste reduction solution that takes previously hard-to recycle or non-recyclable items and recycles or upcycles them into cool new products. At HLS, Terracycle bins are located on the first floor of the Caspersen Student center under the ramp leading up to the Café, at the ITS helpdesk in the basement of WCC, and in the first Year Legal Writing and Research Program Office in Griswold on the first floor. More Information
Single Stream Recycling
Recycling at HLS is “Single Stream,” which means that ALL recyclable materials are placed into the SAME recycling bin. More information
Recycle your spent and unwanted batteries, CDs/DVDs, tapes, floppy disks, cables, cords, cell phones, and other small electronic devices at electronic waste collection sites located conveniently around the HLS campus, including the ITS Help Desks in the WCC basement, the Caspersen Student Center first floor hallway under the ramp leading to the Hark Café, and outside the Facilities Office on Holmes 1. More information
Energy, Operations, and LEED Projects
Through a variety of initiatives and projects, HLS has folded sustainability directly into their facilities, operations, energy use, maintenance services, and occupant support. Some of these projects and initiatives include: four LEED certified buildings, lighting occupancy sensors, water filtration systems, and organic landscaping.
The Harvard Law School Library, HLS Sustainability, and the HLS Green Living Program have joined forces to create the Read & Ride BikeShare! Check out any of the four bikes in the fleet using your HLS ID card at the Library Circulation Desk. Three of the bikes are on 3-hour loan, and one is 24-hour loan.
Resources, Environmental Groups, and Academic Programs
Environmental Law Program
The Harvard Law School Environmental Law Program (ELP) features dedicated students, innovative clinical instruction, and renowned professors with real-world expertise and passion for teaching. Together, they rigorous legal analysis and policy savvy to tackle today’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Environmental Law Society
The Harvard Environmental Law Society (HELS) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization directed and staffed by students at Harvard Law School.
Environmental Law Review
The Harvard Environmental Law Review (HELR) has been published semi-annually, in winter and spring, since 1976. HELR publishes articles on a broad range of environmental affairs, such as land use; air, water, and noise regulation; toxic substances control; radiation control; energy use; workspace pollution; science and technology control; and resource use and regulation.
Food Law Policy Clinic
The Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) at Harvard Law School is the oldest food law clinical program in the United States. The FLPC was established in 2010 as a division of the Harvard Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation to address growing concerns about the health, environmental, and economic consequences of the laws and policies that structure the current U.S. food system.
Food Law Society
The Food Law Society provides students with hands-on exposure to the numerous issues in law, policy, science and management that confront professionals in the fields of food law and food policy.
Green Early Interview Program
The Green Early Interview Program was created by students in the Harvard Environmental Law Society in order to encourage firms participating in the on campus Early Interview Program to reduce the environmental impacts of the recruiting process. The Green EIP is co-sponsored by the Office for Career Services and the Harvard Office for Sustainability and coordinated by a student representative.
Email email@example.com to learn more.
HLS Wellness, through the Dean of Students Office, is committed to the health and wellness of the Harvard Law School community. HLS Wellness programming provides groundwork for maximizing healthy living and teaches lifelong skills to bring balance to academic, professional, and personal life. Various programs and workshops are offered throughout the year to the HLS community.