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6 Things You Need to Know About Sustainability at HBS - MBA

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Sustainability is a core value at HBS and we strive to build healthier, more sustainable and inclusive communities. We recognize the growing interest of the student community in sustainability and are working with the HBS Sustainability Group (Operations) and the Business and Environment Initiative to educate prospective and current students about sustainability on campus. We’ve highlighted six things you should know.

Interested students can become Sustainability Associates

The Student Sustainability Associate (SSA) program recruits one student from each first-year section and educates peers through a number of projects and sustainability campaigns held throughout the year. Her past SSA projects have ranged from honeycombs (see below) to working with the HBS business and environmental initiative to assess the extent to which sustainability concepts are integrated into first-year curricula. over.

The campus has a beehive and a rooftop garden

Beehives have been on campus since 2015 as part of a project proposed by SSA. Our four hives act as natural fertilizers and increase biodiversity on campus. HBS has nine green roofs across campus, ranging from low-lying groundcovers to tall flowering plants to small vegetable and herb gardens. Green roofs are great for reducing and retaining rainwater, reducing the heat island effect, and insulating buildings. Vegetables, herbs and honey harvested at HBS are showcased at events and in his HBS cafeteria.

The Business and Environment Initiative is a hub for environmentally focused research and education

With over 800 MBA students interested in environmental issues, over 40 affiliated faculty, and over 8,000 alumni contacts, the HBS Business and Environment Initiative (BEI) leverages its network to empower today’s business leaders. deepening our understanding of the environmental challenges facing Through a program of conferences, career panels, coffee chats, mentorships, networking sessions, and more, BEI supports incoming MBA students as they pursue careers and develop new companies at the intersection of business and the environment. Sophomores can choose from over 15 electives with business and environmental content, including courses on global climate change, sustainable investing, and rethinking capitalism.

Three student-led clubs focus on the environment

Freshmen at HBS with an interest in sustainability and the environment will find plenty of peers on campus. In addition to becoming a Student Sustainability Associate, the student joined three of his clubs (Energy and Environment Club, Food and Agriculture Club, and Sustainability Club), joined Student Government as Vice President of Sustainability, and won the Annual Climate Award. You can participate in the symposium. .

Sustainability is more than environmentalism

HBS integrates social and environmental justice into its sustainability efforts on campus, including targeting LEED social justice pilot credits for relevant construction projects and incorporating environmental justice into curricula and extracurricular activities. has been expanded. Together, BEI focuses on the integration of environmental justice in speaker selection, course development, communication, and support for student independent projects, internships and fellowships.

HBS Commitment Reflects Harvard-wide Sustainability and Climate Goals

In 2014, Harvard University launched a five-year sustainability plan that set clear university-wide goals and priorities in five areas: emissions and energy, campus operations, nature and ecosystems, health and wellbeing, and culture and learning. It was started. After Harvard met her GHG reduction target of 30% (and HBS achieved her 47% reduction!), the university launched another climate action plan. This includes the goal of becoming fossil fuel neutral by 2026 and fossil fuel free by 2050.

Learn about sustainability at Harvard University.