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Learn more about the policies, projects, and initiatives taking place at HLS in support of Harvard's sustainability commitments.
Facilities is piloting two models of energy-efficient hand dryers to replace paper towels in the Caspersen Student Center 1st floor hallway men's and women's restrooms. The two models being piloted are the Dyson Airblade and the Excel Xlerator. These dryers have multiple benefits compared to paper towels:
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Which dryer do you prefer? Give us your opinion by taking the hand dryer survey here - your input will help determine which model we install in other locations on campus!
In May 2009, the Law School adopted a Temperature Policy to promote energy conservation. In part because of the leadership of schools such as HLS on this issue, the University adopted a campus-wide Temperature Policy on July 23, 2009.
This policy states that during the winter heating season (October 16 – May 14), occupied spaces will be heated to 68-71° F. During the summer cooling season (May 15 – October 15), occupied spaces will be cooled to 74-76° F (where air conditioning equipment currently exists). The entire policy can be read here.
In accordance with this policy, Law School Facilities heats or cools buildings to temperatures within the above seasonal ranges. During the heating season, systems are operated to target 70° F. During the cooling season, systems are operated to target 74°.
Dean of Administration Francis X. McCrossan’s original May 20, 2009 e-mail is below:
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:
2013 Green EIP Coordinator: Samantha Caravello, JD'15, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Law School Information Technology Services is actively working to reduce the environmental impacts of the machines and technologies it manages, by minimizing power consumption and ensuring that electronic equipment is properly reused and recycled. Practices currently in place are below.
Computer Lab Power Management and Printer Settings
Electronic Waste Recycling:
The ITS help desks in the WCC basement is the campus' electronic recycling drop-off space. Drop off includes:
The Law School's grounds, like others at Harvard, are maintained organically-- without the use of inorganic fertilizers, chemical pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides. Resulting soils and plants are healthier, have more vital root systems, and require less irrigation than those maintained conventionally. Harvard's organic landscaping practices were featured in a September 2009 New York Times article. Learn more about Harvard's organic landscaping program at http://www.uos.harvard.edu/fmo/landscape/organiclandscaping/.
Four HLS buildings have received recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council through the Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) certification system. LEED measures the performance of buildings by assessing energy efficiency, water efficiency, CO2 emissions, indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. These projects were managed by HLS Facilities Management, with LEED commissioning by the Harvard Office for Sustainability.
A renovated suite of offices in Griswold Hall (2-South) is a LEED Platinum Commercial Interior space. This is one of under twenty projects in the world to gain this distinction, the highest level of certification offered by the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn more about the Griswold project and associated energy savings and waste reduction statistics here on the Office for Sustainability web site. Read a detailed case study of the renovation project and view photos of the completed interior here on the Harvard Green Building Resource.
The second floor of 125 Mt. Auburn Street, home to staff in the HLS Human Resources and Finance Departments, is a LEED Silver Commercial Interior. Read a detailed case study of the renovation project and view photos of the completed interior here on the Harvard Green Building Resource
The North Hall dormitory interior, renovated in Summer 2010, achieved LEED Gold certification. Read a detailed case study of the renovation project and view photos of the completed interior here on the Harvard Green Building Resource
The Wasserstein Caspersen Clinical Building, opened in January 2012, achieved LEED Gold for New Construction. Read more about the building's sustainability achievements on the Law School website, take a virtual student-led "Green Tour" by watching this Youtube video, read the Crimson article about the LEED Gold achievement or check out the Facilities building page.
The Law School is cleaned by Harvard Facilities, Maintenance, and Operations (FMO) staff trained in Green Seal™ cleaning procedures. Law School buildings feature environmentally friendly hand soaps and are cleaned with toxin-free cleaners and micro-fiber cloths, instead of paper towels. To learn about other components of Harvard’s Green Cleaning Program, visit http://www.uos.harvard.edu/fmo/custodial/greencleaning/.
As part of this program, HLS' paper towels and bath tissues are made of 100% recycled content. Towels contain as much as 82% post consumer content, and tissues contain up to 49% post consumer content. ("Recycled content" refers to both pre-consumer and post-consumer waste).
VFDs control the speed of fan and pump motors, allowing them to supply air or water for ventilation or temperature control in volumes which closely match demand. This means, for example, that fans can ventilate rooms at different rates throughout the day, depending on occupancy and temperature, instead of running at fixed speeds. VFDs control air handling units in Langdell Hall, with estimated savings of $16,000 and 85 MTCDE a year. VFDs also control Pound Hall hot water pumps, with estimated savings of $11,000 and 30 MTCDE a year, and Lewis Hall chilled water pumps, with estimated savings of $5,0000 and 18 MTCDE a year.
In June 2009 Facilities installed new occupancy based thermostats in all dorm rooms in North Hall. These devices use a door mounted sensor to help back room settings when a room is unoccupied. Before installing these devices, Facilities ran a one-week trial period in May 2009 to solicit student feedback.
With these devices, Facilities expects to save around $8,000 and 28 MTCDE each year by minimizing energy waste.
Occupancy sensors turn off lights after no occupants have been detected in a space for a certain period of time (usually between 10-30 minutes, depending on the space). The following Law School buildings use occupancy sensors to minimize wasted electricity:
During the summer of 2008, Facilities Management removed bottled water systems wherever it was possible to improve or install a water filtration system without major construction. In addition, water fountains around campus were retrofitted with “gooseneck” glass fillers in order to encourage HLS affiliates to fill up water bottles, instead of purchasing plastic water bottles.
Click on the image to the right to see a map showing the locations of filtered water stations and fountains at HLS, which include all residence hall kitchens and Harkness Commons. To learn how this map came to be created, visit the Green Team page. To learn why drinking tap water is better for the environment than drinking bottled water, visit the bottled water page.
The Hauser basement and dormitories of Ames, Dane, Holmes, and Shaw all feature low-flow urinals (.125 gallons per flush). Compared with previous models (2.5 gpf), HLS avoids using around 530,000 gallons of water (around $9,500) a year. Waterfree urinals can also be found in Harkness and Griswold.
Facilities has installed “dual-flush” toilets throughout the Law School, particularly in Austin, Harkness, Griswold, and Pound Halls, as well as the Hauser basement. Pushing the handle on an HLS dual-flush toilet down uses 1.6 gallons; pushing it up uses just 1.1 gallons.
The installation in the Gropius dormitories alone (Ames, Dane, Holmes, and Shaw) saves HLS around 650,000 gallons (around $11,500) a year, compared to previous models.
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