Higher Education Working Group

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


The HEWG is chaired by Katie Lapp, Executive Vice President of Harvard University, and includes GRC participants from the University of Massachusetts, Boston; MIT; Boston University; Tufts University, Emerson College; and Northeastern University; in addition to Harvard. The HEWG executive group includes one representative from each participating school and is co-chaired by Dennis Carlberg, Associate Vice President of Sustainability at Boston University, and Jaclyn Olsen, Associate Director of the Harvard Office for Sustainability. 

GRC’s HEWG has had a pivotal role in the City’s climate action success to date by sharing and transferring their knowledge and learned lessons to other sectors for the effective and equitable implementation of the City’s climate goals. Because of HEWG members’ physical and cultural influences, the City continues to value HEWG’s leadership, contributing both research and best practices.

The working group is currently focused on the implementation of its Five Year Strategic Plan for 2020-2025.

HEWG 2020 Strategic Plan

Ten years after the HEWG’s launch in 2009, the HEWG developed a strategic plan that builds upon the significant work to date. The group updated its vision and trajectory for the group, focusing on developing high-impact work through collaboration and using collective resources of the member institutions.  Each of the goals, outlined below, is supported by a task force comprising members of the HEWG. 

HEWG Strategic Plan Goals and Strategies

HEWG Strategic Plan Values

  • Equitability in Implementation
  • Cross-Sector Sustainability
  • Implementability within five years with adaptability in options and process
  • Supportive of Boston’s Climate Action Plan

Upcoming Events:

  • July 16, 10-12PM: Collaborative Research Event – Understanding and Acting on the Links Between COVID and City Climate Action
      • Registration link coming soon.

Participating Colleges and Universities:

Boston UniversityEmerson College
Harvard UniversityMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Northeastern UniversityTufts University
University of Massachusetts, Boston

From the Library: Higher Education Working Group Documents