Higher Education Working Group

The Higher Education Working Group represents the unique constituency of large research and residential campuses in Boston and neighboring cities.

Colleges and universities have a significant footprint in the City, as well as a particular set of sustainability challenges, including large-scale energy procurement and management, and resiliency planning for diverse communities of tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff.

The intellectual capacity of the higher education sector provides a source of expertise, motivation, and collaboration for the other members of the Green Ribbon Commission, City of Boston and its Climate Action Plan.

Participating Colleges and Universities:

Boston College Boston University
Emerson College Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Northeastern University
Tufts University University of Massachusetts, Boston

The HEWG is managed by the Harvard University Office of Sustainability and focuses on the following strategies to help its members share and adopt best practices in climate mitigation and adaptation:

  • Sharing Best Practices: Develop multiple formats for best practice sharing, including workshops and a limited online clearinghouse.
  • Leveraging Faculty Expertise and Research: Utilizing faculty expertise and research to inform planning and implementation of climate strategies.
  • Streamlining Reporting: Explore ways to streamline reporting for consistent analysis and benchmarking.


2016 HEWG Main Topic Areas of Focus

  1. Energy use in labs (“green labs”); and
  2. Communications/resources for campuses related to renewable energy installation and purchasing.
  3. Technical input to the Climate Ready Boston project;


For more information on the HEWG, contact Caroleen Verly, caroleen_verly@harvard.edu.


From the Library: Higher Education Working Group Documents