Energy-Related Programs at Harvard

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Atmospheric Sciences (SEAS)

Part of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, research areas include atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric and climate dynamics. A weekly seminar series is held on Fridays at noon.

Biofuels and Globalization Project (HKS)

This project examines the trade, economic development and environmental policy dimensions of a global biofuel industry.

Center for History and Economics (FAS)

The objective of the Center is to encourage fundamental research in history, economics, and related disciplines. It also encourages the participation of historians and economists in addressing issues of public importance. In conjunction with its counterpart Centre at King's College, Cambridge, the Harvard Center undertakes research projects and organizes workshops, seminars, and exchanges of faculty and graduate students.

Center for Nanoscale Systems (FAS) 

Our scientific focus is on how nanoscale components can be integrated into large and complex interacting systems. We also investigate how systems emerge, how they can be built, and how they behave. CNS is a member of the National Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) initiative to create a national network of world-class facilities available to all researchers.

GSD-Squared: Research on Daylighting and Energy-Efficient Building Design (GSD) 

The objectives of GSD-Squared are to conduct original research related to daylighting and energy-efficient building design and to translate our findings into accessible, high quality information that help design practitioners to create more comfortable and resource efficient environments. 

China Project

The China Project is a research program focused on China’s atmospheric environment, collaborating across the schools of Harvard University and with Chinese universities. It conducts interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed studies on air pollution and greenhouse gases in China, from the root causes in the demand for and supply of energy powering its economy, to the chemistry and transport of pollutants in the atmosphere, to their impacts on human health and the economy.

The Consortium for Energy Policy Research (HKS)

The Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard is dedicated to advancing Harvard’s energy policy research and fostering collaboration across the University in cooperation with Harvard’s Future of Energy initiative.

Energy Technology Innovation Policy (HKS)

The overarching objective of the Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group is to determine and then seek to promote adoption of effective strategies for developing and deploying cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, primarily in three of the biggest energy-consuming nations in the world: the United States, China, and India. 

Environment and Natural Resources Program (HKS)

The Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) is the center of the Harvard Kennedy School's research and outreach on public policy that affects global environmental quality and natural resource management.

Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HKS)

Based at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG) provides a forum for the analysis and discussion of important policy issues facing the electricity industry. 

Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HKS) 

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program develops innovative answers to today's complex environmental issues, by providing a venue to bring together faculty and graduate students from across the University engaged in research, teaching, and outreach in environmental and natural resource economics and related public policy.

Harvard Office for Sustainability

Sustainability at Harvard connects people across the University with information, tools, and inspiration for the challenge at hand: making Harvard sustainable for the long term.

Managing the Atom (HKS)

The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) conducts and disseminates policy-relevant research on nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, and nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center 

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is the focus of Harvard's long tradition of interdisciplinary materials research. The Harvard MRSEC is funded by the National Science Foundation, and identifies new research areas to train and retain students in materials science and engineering.

Microbial Sciences Initiative 

The Microbial Sciences Initiative (MSI) at Harvard is an interdisciplinary science program aimed at a comprehensive understanding of the richest biological reservoir of the planet, the microbial world. Friday chalk-talks and Thursday evening seminars are held regularly throughout the academic year, along with an annual symposium.

Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center at Harvard 

Our Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) is a collaboration among Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and the Museum of Science (Boston) with participation by Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) the University of Basel (Switzerland), the University of Tokyo (Japan), and the Brookhaven, Oak Ridge, and Sandia National Laboratories. The NSEC combines "top down" and "bottom up" approaches to construct novel electronic and magnetic devices with nanoscale sizes and understand their behavior, including quantum phenomena.

Program on Science, Technology, and Society (HKS) 

Through integrated, cross-disciplinary initiatives in research, teaching, training, and public outreach the Program seeks to develop foundational, policy-relevant insights into the nature of science and technology, and the ways in which they both influence and are influenced by society, politics, and culture. 

Program on Technology and Economic Policy (HKS) 

Our work include productivity measurements; the role of human and physical capital in U.S. economic growth; the effects of tax and environmental policies on welfare; and economic relations between the U.S. and Japan.

Rowland Institute at Harvard 

The Rowland Institute at Harvard is dedicated to experimental science over a broad range of disciplines. Current research is carried out in physics, chemistry, and biology, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary work and the development of new experimental tools. 

Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program (HKS)

The Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP) engages in research, teaching, and outreach on how

  • science and technology influence public policy;
  • public policy influences the evolution of science and technology;
  • the outcomes of these interactions affect well-being in the United States and worldwide; and
  • the processes involved can be made more effective and their outcomes more beneficial (at present and in the future).

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering 

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering was recently launched with the largest single gift in Harvard's history--$125 million--from Hansjörg Wyss. Inspired by the design strategies that living systems use to adapt and compete for survival, its focus is on high-risk research and technology development, with the goal of creating new materials and devices that will transform medicine and create a more sustainable world.

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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