In 2008, Harvard set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 30% by 2016, including growth. In response, our entire community has collaborated to make our buildings and campus greener, healthier and more efficient. As a result of this hard work, GHG emissions dropped 7% from FY06 to FY11 – including growth of approximately 3 million square feet. Excluding that growth, emissions fell 18%.
We face several challenges in achieving this ambitious goal. In particular, growth to support our mission to produce innovative research and teaching, along with extreme weather variations have lead to increases in energy use. Thanks to the over 800 energy conservation measures implemented to date, 57% of buildings on campus use heating more efficiently and 65% use cooling more efficiently.
Moving forward, we will need to continue to implement the Green Building Standards, as well as aggressively pursue additional energy conservation measures, improvements to our energy supply and continue to improve the operational efficiency of our buildings. Facilities managers are also targeting two key areas of energy use by partnering with the IT and lab sectors to identify further cost-effective energy reduction opportunities. Every member of the Harvard community plays a critical role in reducing emissions. You can get involved by joining a Green Team, participating in the Green Office Program and supporting your facilities and operations teams. I want to thank you all for your hard work and encourage you to continue developing innovative, cost-effective solutions to reduce energy use on our campus.