Why Harvard is committing to Fossil-Fuel Free

Green Harvard
Published on Feb 6, 2018

Harvard Business School Professor and Co-Chair of the 2016-2017 Climate Change Task Force Rebecca Henderson discusses Harvard’s new Climate Action Plan and explains the University’s decision to become Fossil Fuel-Free by 2050 and Fossil Fuel-Neutral by 2026. Learn more: www.green.harvard.edu/climate

[Amidst all the publicity about “greening” Harvard, one question persists: what is the relation of “Green Harvard” to the institution’s fossil fuel investment/divestment policy?  Why has the university failed to commit publicly to “greening” its investments?  If it is true that — as Harvard Magazine asserts — “The science is clear. We’re taking action.”  then why does that action not extend to the way the institution invests the billions of dollars to make its educational efforts possible in the first place? — Transition Studies]


[ The John W. Weeks Bridge, often called the Weeks Footbridge (or simply Weeks Bridge), links the Harvard campus to the Harvard Business School. During Drew Faust’s term as President it underwent restoration to improve communications between the undergraduate campus and the business school. On September 21, 2015 the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation held a ribbon cutting to mark completion of the $3 million bridge renovation.

Prior to this ceremony, however, – as the photographs by Paul Weiskel published in The Guardian indicate — the Weeks bridge was the location for student protests opposing Harvard’s inaction in the national divestment movement and objecting to what many saw as the dominant role that corporations and the Harvard Business School have come to play in determining the policies of the university as a whole under the Faust Presidency.

It will be revealing to observe if President designate Lawrence Bacow retains this divestment policy, allowing corporate perspectives to dominate and overrule scientific, moral and ethical concerns in this important field of university policy in the face of the expressed concerns of both the faculty and student divestment movement.]

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