Energy-saving measures on the agenda at Harvard

The oldest university in the US is attempting to set an example to the rest of the Ivy League with its energy-saving performance.

Harvard's Office for Sustainability (OFS) has created a certification system which rates campus buildings according to their use of energy-saving and recycling measures, the Harvard Gazette reports.

As the university works towards its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2016, members of staff at Harvard are being encouraged to join in with the initiative at a basic level to begin with.

This means turning off lights, computers and other office equipment when they are not in use, while the OFS is using technological solutions to support these efforts.

According to the newspaper, each of the university buildings has been analysed for energy efficiency and temperature parameters have been set up to regulate power use.

Heather Henriksen, director of the OFS, commented: "If we are going to continue to move the needle and meet our greenhouse gas reduction goal, we are going to have to go to the people. That means embedding sustainability into how we all do our day-to-day jobs."

Established in 1636, Harvard is comprised of ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The university contains approximately 20,000 students and its library is made up of 16.2 million volumes.

Monday 5th October 2009

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