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Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management
Harvard Business School

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Gordon McKay Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering [Emeritus]
School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

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Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor of Public Policy, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
Harvard Kennedy School
Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law; Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies; Director of East Asian Legal Studies; Chair, Harvard Law School Project on Disability
Harvard Law School

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Douglas Dillon Professor of Government; Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School

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Professor of Government
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School; Formerly Herman C. Krannert Professor of Business Administration, [Leave of Absence]
Harvard Business School

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Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard Business School
Harvard Kennedy School
Norman B. and Muriel Leventhal Professor of Advanced Urbanism; Co-Director - LCAU, MIT Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism
President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Lecturer, Department of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School
Professor of the Practice of Public Policy; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom; Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School

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Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture; Co-Director, Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology Program
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development
Harvard Kennedy School
Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
Harvard Business School
Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School

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Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School

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Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management
Harvard Business School
Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Idea Translation


HUCE Director Dan Schrag sits down with John Holdren following his return to campus after eight years in Washington
May 26, 2017
A profile on Burbank Professor of Political Economy James Stock
May 26, 2017
A profile on Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Naomi Oreskes
May 25, 2017


Global leaders will increasingly be called on to navigate the competition between human needs and environmental protection.

In January 1st of 2016 the United Nations officially released the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which officially launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which over the next 15 years will drive global activities to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and reduce clim

(Previously offered as PED-102)  This semester-long course examines how economic theory and rigorous evidence can be harnessed to design development policies that respond to market and political failures in developing economies.

Science and technology (S&T) affect—and insights rooted in understanding of S&T therefore are germane to formulating policy about—practically every issue on the agenda of governments: the economy, public health, education, environment, defense, diplomacy and more.  Policy makers and those

Survey of foundations and applications of the modern theory of environmental and natural-resource economics. What are the basic models and what are they suggesting about policy? Externalities, public goods, common property, strategies for controlling pollution.

This course provides an overview of energy policy issues with an emphasis on the analysis necessary to frame, design, and evaluate policy remedies to energy problems. The course is intended for doctoral students interested but not necessarily specializing in energy issues.

In 2006, Nancy Pfund of DBL Ventures, a pioneer in investing for impact, invested in an unknown electric car company called Tesla, under the joint hypothesis that the firm would be the next big thing while making the world a better place.

This course develops the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully market sustainable products and services. At the end of the course students are able to understand the key elements of developing a successful marketing strategy and branding approach for a sustainable market offering.

This course introduces the concepts and practices of sustainable development, clean technology, and energy management.

This course examines the role of corporate responsibility as a strategy to improve products, profits, and brand equity. The idea of corporations as simply wealth-creating organizations with no obligations to the environment is no longer acceptable.

This course introduces the concepts and components of a geographic information system (GIS). It also teaches the essential skills of spatial data management, analysis, and visualization through the use of the ArcGIS software package.

This course helps students develop critical thinking, scholarly writing skills, and research abilities while developing their individual thesis proposals.

This course presents a framework, a process, and computational methods for conducting qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research in the fields of sustainability and environmental management.

Advances in chemistry have brought us products that enhance our lives. But those benefits can come at an environmental cost. This course examines the regulatory and scientific tools we use to steward anthropogenic chemicals within the context of pragmatic business decision making.

Sustainable finance is a main topic on the international agenda. Financial decisions worldwide are increasingly influenced by the scarcity of resources, the search for profits through efficiency, and climate change. We observe an increasing investment appetite for green bonds.

This course introduces the basic principles of tourism master planning, enabling students to learn how communities, governments, business, and civil society can take a more inclusive and sustainable approach to planning tourism destinations worldwide.

The impact of supply chains to an organization's overall greenhouse gas emissions is becoming an increasingly relevant topic as more and more companies outsource manufacturing, logistics, and other key functions to third parties.

The course is designed as a broad survey covering the most critical topics in environmental economics today. Economics, the science of how scarce resources are allocated, is at the core of many of our most challenging environmental issues, and therefore vitally important.

In this reading group, we will explore historic and ongoing legal and policy debates over the fuels that power the U.S. electric grid.

The greatest challenge at the intersection of science, technology, and public policy in the 21st century has arisen because society is getting 80 percent of the massive quantities of energy it needs using fuels and technologies that are disrupting global climate and the array of environmental goo


April 4, 2018
Science Center Lecture Hall C, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Harvard University Center for the Environment and the WGBH Science Series NOVA invite you to a special sneak preview event featuring clips from upcoming NOVA film, DECODING THE WEATHER MACHINE. Followed by a discussion with Paula S. Apsell, NOVA Senior Executive Producer; Daniel Schrag, Harvard University; Ralph Keeling, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; Jim McCarthy, Harvard University; Doug Hamilton, Writer, Producer, and Director of DECODING THE WEATHER MACHINE; and Caitlin Saks, Co-Producer of DECODING THE WEATHER MACHINE and Science Editor for NOVA.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 5:30pm
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March 31, 2018
Geological Lecture Hall (100), 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
Massachusetts Sierra Club Greater Boston Group and Biodiversity for a Livable Climate invite you this all-day conference focused on the importance of ecosystem health.
Saturday, March 31, 2018 (All day)
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April 10, 2018
66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA
The MIT Energy Initiative welcomes Bruno Verdini, Executive Director, MIT-Harvard Mexico Negotiation Program, who will draw on his extensive interviews with more than seventy high-ranking negotiators in the United States and Mexico to outline an approach by which government, private sector, and nongovernmental stakeholders can overcome grievances, break the status quo, trade across differences, and create mutual gains in high-stakes transboundary water, energy, and environmental negotiations.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
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April 19, 2018
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, GSD, 42 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Graduate School of Design presents a special lecture with Yvonne Cagle, NASA Astronaut and Family Physician.
Thursday, April 19, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
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March 23, 2018
Haller Hall (102), Geo Museum, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Harvard University Center for the Environment present a special seminar with Lawrence D. Meinert, former Director, Energy & Mineral Resources, U.S. Geological Survey.
Friday, March 23, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
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March 28, 2018
The Institute of Politics, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus in Entomology at Harvard University, Author, The Origins of Creativity, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner; Terry Tempest Williams, Writer-in-residence, Harvard Divinity School, Naturalist and Environmental Writer, Author, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks; Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, U.S. National Park Service (2009-2017), Executive Director, Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity, University of California, Berkeley, Author, The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water; and moderated by Linda J. Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS, Member, National Park Service Advisory Board.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 6:00pm
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March 20, 2018
Marc Heng and Family Conference Room (Wex 102), HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
The Arctic Initiative hosts a seminar, "Is sustainable management of marine resources sufficient to meet increasing global demand for fish? The Icelandic story of relying on scientific policymaking to ensure sustainable fish stocks" with Mr. Jóhann Sigurjónsson, Iceland's Special Envoy on Ocean Affairs and a former Director General of Iceland's Marine Research Institute, discussing Icelandic resource management and science-based policy.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
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March 21, 2018
Haller Hall (102), 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
Join the Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) for a discussion featuring women from around the world showcasing solutions at the intersection of global environmental change, human health, and social justice. Panelists include Kinari Webb, founder of Health In Harmony; Laura Stachel, founder of We Care Solar; and Fatima Ahmed, founder of Zenab for Women in Development. Professor Gina McCarthy, Director of the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment and former EPA Administrator; Tim Wirth, former US Senator and Vice-Chair of the United Nations Foundation; and Sam Myers, Director of the Planetary Health Alliance and Principal Research Scientist at HSPH, will moderate.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm
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March 9, 2018
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 160 Packard Ave., Cambridge
Fletcher Arctic VII is a conference organized by the Fletcher Arctic Initiative that brings together high-level leaders working in business, governance, human rights, international law, and science from around the world to share insights, research, and engage in conversations on the pressing issues of a multi-disciplinary nature in the Arctic region.
Friday, March 9, 2018 (All day)
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March 9, 2018
Live webcast
Six months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a panel of experts will assess persistent public health challenges on the island and the outlook for long-term recovery. Power restoration, health care coordination, and medical services delivery on the island are just some of the pressing issues the panelists will explore.
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 12:00pm
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March 20, 2018
Science Center Lecture Hall D, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Program on Science, Technology & Society at HKS presents "Open Society's New Enemies and the Assault on Truth" with Michael Ignatieff, President, Central European University, Budapest. Followed by a panel discussion featuring Rakesh Khurana, Danoff Dean of Harvard College; Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Harvard Business School; James T. Kloppenberg, Charles Warren Professor of American History, Harvard University; and Julie A. Reuben, Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
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March 5, 2018
Loeb Library, Gund Hall, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
Rhett Larson, Richard Morrison Fellow in Water Law; Associate Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, will evaluate the evolution of water law and its impacts on society through the history of the Los Angeles River, and offer a future for water law based on the martial arts philosophy of another iconic resident of Los Angeles: Bruce Lee.
Monday, March 5, 2018 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
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March 5, 2018
Allison Dining Room, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
Join the Center for Public Leadership at HKS  for a discussion with Ecuadorian conservationist and former President of WWF, Yolanda Kakabadse. Ms. Kakabadse will join CPL Louis Bacon Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership Rand Wentworth in conversation about her expansive cross-sector career in environmental policy and conservation.
Monday, March 5, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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March 6, 2018
Building 66, 110, MIT, 25 Ames St., Cambridge
This talk will examine the current state of clean energy innovation and implementation. Through explorations of household, city, and regional clean energy innovations and implementation efforts, Professor Daniel Kammen will both analyze successful innovation processes and identify the areas that need urgent action and targeted programs. A mixture of analytic and empirical studies will be used to explore what steps have worked and where dramatic new approaches are needed. Hosted by the MIT Energy Initiative.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
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February 24, 2018
Boylston Hall, 5 Harvard Yard, Cambridge
Careers in Conservation is the Harvard College Conservation Society's annual conference, aimed at equipping college students with a passion for conservation work to pursue a career in this field. The conference features inspiring keynote speakers and panelists, engaging workshops on different aspects of conservation, and networking opportunities with local professionals, organizations, and other students.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 -
10:00am to 3:30pm
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March 7, 2018
Northwest B103, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge
HUCE invites you for a special lecture with John Leshy, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California, Hastings College of the Law; former Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior (Clinton Administration); and four-time visiting professor at HLS. With comment by Richard Lazarus, Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, HLS, and Terry Tempest Williams, Writer-in-Residence, HDS.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 5:00pm
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February 27, 2018
Wexner Rm 332, HKS, 19 Eliot St., Cambridge
Join the HKS Arctic Initiative & the Belfer Center's Environment & Natural Resources Program for a seminar with journalist Elizabeth Arnold, former NPR Correspondent and current Shorenstein Center Fellow and Alice Rogoff, publisher of ArcticToday.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 -
11:45am to 1:00pm
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February 21, 2018
Darman Seminar Room, 1st Floor, Taubman Bldg, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
The Environment and Natural Resources Program's Arctic Initiative hosts a seminar with Joel Clement, former Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Policy Office, discussing risk and resilience of Arctic communities in the face of climate change.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 -
12:30pm to 1:45pm
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February 16, 2018
Littauer Center, 1805 Cambridge Street, M16
"The Slaughter of the Bison and the Reversal of Fortunes on the Great Plains" with Donna Feir, Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Victoria.
Friday, February 16, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
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February 12, 2018
E-19-319, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
e4Dev: Energy for Human Development presents their Spring Launch Event, "Lining the 'Right Pockets': Using economic insights to address the political challenges of development policy" with Professor Rohini Pande, Professor of Economics, HKS; Co-Director of the Evidence for Policy Design Initiative; Area Chair for International Development, HKS; Co-Chair, Political Economy and Governmental Group, J-PAL; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research. Dinner will be served.
Monday, February 12, 2018 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm
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Monday, December 4 -  "Contested Realities: India's Environmental Movement and the Politics of Change" 

Sunita Narain, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi

Friday, April 28 – "Achieving Harvard’s Science-based Climate Goal"
Heather Henriksen, Director, Office for Sustainability,

Wednesday, April 26 - "Defending the Climate in the Trumpocene "

David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Monday, April 3 - "Trends and Challenges in Global Agriculture: The Opportunity for Digital Ag"

Michael K. Stern, CEO and President, The Climate Corporation

Tuesday, November 15 - "Challenges for the New President"

Bob Perciasepe, President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Tuesday, October 18 - "Looking Up: How Coalitions of Bottom-Up Organizations are Driving Action for Sustainable Development"

Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General

With Panelists:

William Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development, Harvard Kennedy School

with Jody Freeman and Richard Lazarus, Moderated by Kate Konschnik 

Thursday, October 1 — “Will the Courts Strike Down the President's Clean Power Plan?"
Jody Freeman, Archibald Cox Professor of Law; Director, Environmental Law Program, Harvard Law School; Richard Lazarus, Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Wednesday, April 8 – "Two Keohanes Talk Climate Politics"
Robert Keohane, Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University and Nathaniel Keohane, Vice President, International Climate program, Environmental Defense Fund

October 8, 2014 – "The President's Effort to Combat Climate Change without Congress: What is EPA Proposing to Do and Is It Legal?"

Wednesday, April 30 "Imagining China's Future: Politics, the Economy, and Climate Change"
Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia

Thursday, April 17 "The Long and Winding Road to Clean Energy"
Jeff Bingaman, Distinguished Fellow, Stanford Law School; former US Senator of New Mexico and chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Wednesday, April 2 "CCS Decade:  Technologies and Projects in the Industrial World"
S. Julio Friedmann, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Clean Coal Program, Office of Fossil Energy, US Department of Energy

Wednesday, March 12 "What Can We Hope to Know About the Future of the Energy System?"
M. Granger Morgan, University and Lord Chair Professor of Engineering; Head and Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, March 11"Challenges to the Sustainability of China's Evolving Growth Model"
Michael Spence, former Dean of FAS; Nobel Laureate in Economics; currently Professor of Economics at New York University

November 13, 2013 "Big Unanswered Questions About Our Energy Future"
John Deutch, Institute Professor, MIT; Co-chair Secretary of Energy Advisor; Former Undersecretary of Energy; Director of Central Intelligence


The Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative (EPI) works to make law respond more effectively to environmental challenges, through legal analysis and collaborative problem solving. EPI works in four broad areas: climate change and the Clean Air Act; electricity law and policy; regulation of unconventional oil and gas production; and clean water-climate resilience strategies.

The Food Law Lab was founded in the Fall of 2013 by Professor Jacob Gersen as a center for coordinated and directed research in the emerging field of food law. The Food Law Lab is currently situated within the Petrie-Flom Center, and works closely with the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic.

The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) was established in 2010 to link Harvard Law School students with opportunities to work with clients and communities on various food law and policy issues. The FLPC provides legal advice to nonprofits and government agencies seeking to increase access to healthy foods, prevent diet-related diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, and reduce barriers to market entry for small-scale and sustainable food producers, while educating law students about ways to use law and policy to impact the food system.

The undergraduate concentration in Environmental Science and Public Policy is designed to provide a multi-disciplinary introduction to current problems of the environment. It is founded on the premise that the ability to form rational judgments concerning many of the complex challenges confronting society today involving the environment requires both an understanding of the underlying scientific and technical issues and an appreciation for the relevant economic, political, legal, historical and ethical dimensions.

The Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA) is a multidisciplinary group of faculty, research staff, students, and visiting scholars who work together to improve decisions about environmental health. We conduct state-of-the-art research, educate the next generation of leaders in risk analysis and related disciplines, and encourage public discourse about risk topics.

The research activities sponsored by the Weatherhead Center range from individual projects and small working groups to major international conferences. They address international affairs in the broadest sense, including international economics, international relations, international security, comparative politics, political economy, and global studies.

The Center focuses on several broad policy areas, most notably: public management, innovation, finance, and labor-management relations; urban development, transportation, land use, and environmental protection; education; civic engagement and social capital; and the impacts of information technologies on both government and governance.

The Regulatory Policy Program serves as a clearinghouse for the Kennedy School faculty’s groundbreaking work on regulation.RPP's research aims to improve global society and the economy by understanding the impacts of regulation and improving the design and implementation of regulatory strategies.

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. 

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

The Office for 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.

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. 

The Environmental Law and Policy Clinic is offering students even more opportunities to do a wide variety of hands-on, environmental legal and policy work. Under the leadership of Director and Clinical Professor Wendy Jacobs, the Clinic has expanded to offer local, national and international projects covering a broad range of environmental issues.

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. 

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. Additionally, its website is a resource for locating Harvard faculty, fellows, programs, events, and publications related to energy policy.

The Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University was founded in 2006 as a university-wide technology platform in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, building on the foundation already created by the Harvard Geospatial Library and the Harvard Map Collection. The Center supports research projects and courses needing spatial analysis.

The mission of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government is to advance the state of knowledge and policy analysis concerning some of society’s most challenging problems at the interface of the public and private sectors.

Harvard's Sustainability Science Program harnesses the University's strengths to promote the design of institutions, policies, and practices that support sustainable development. The Program addresses the challenge of sustainable development by:

  • advancing scientific understanding of human-environment systems;
  • improving linkages between research and policy communities; and
  • building capacity for linking knowledge with action to promote sustainability.

The Center for International Development (CID) works to generate shared and sustainable prosperity in developing economies. The CID actively creates, applies and integrates knowledge from across Harvard University to advance understanding of development challenges and solutions.

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


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