Student Groups

The Energy & Environment Professional Interest Council (EEPIC)

The Energy & Environment Professional Interest Council (EEPIC) brings together students at the John F. Kennedy School of Government who are interested in energy and environmental issues, particularly as they relate to public policy, advocacy, development, and business. EEPIC provides a forum for education, networking, and career services across the energy and environmental spectrum.

  • Education: EEPIC organizes presentations and seminars in which students, academics, and practitioners discuss their work on energy and environmental matters.
  • Networking: EEPIC fosters interaction between students with diverse backgrounds and interests, in part through extensive collaboration with other energy and environmental clubs in the Boston area.
  • Career Services: EEPIC works to connect students seeking careers in energy and environmental fields with potential employers in government, non-profit business, consulting, and other sectors.

Leadership: Maya Perl and David Klausner

HBS Energy and Environment Club

The Energy and Environment Club aims to develop the next generation of leaders in the Energy & Environment sectors by providing a forum for education on energy- and environment-related issues, and by serving as the main facilitator for communication between the Harvard Business School community and the E&E sectors. The club covers a wide range of topics including Conventional Energy, Clean Energy, Sustainability and Environmental Conservation and hosts an annual Energy Symposium every autumn.

Leadership: Nora Barr and Richard Buckner

GSD High Performance Design Group (formerly GSD Green Design)

GSD High Performance Design Group is a platform for students who are interested in sustainability and high performance building design. The intention of the group is to aggregate, share, and improve our knowledge, experience, and researches in the subject across different disciplines at the GSD. The group will also reach out to the industry and invite practitioners to talk about the latest development in the industry. Participants will share their research problems and findings with other members through meetings and events. GSD High Performance Design Group also positions itself as a student consulting group. The group members as a whole can provide skills and resources for the entire student body and research fellows at the GSD. Our general interests and skills in sustainability includes weather analysis, CFD simulation, daylighting simulation, energy modeling, embodied energy, and building life cycle assessment.

Leadership: Ching Wen Hsiao

Harvard College Engineering Society (HCES)
The Harvard College Engineering Society is a student-run organization at Harvard College aimed at promoting engineering and cross disciplinary collaboration on campus through participating in competitions and working on various engineering projects, as well as serving as a resource for undergraduate engineers at Harvard.


The Harvard College Environmental Action Committee (EAC)

The Harvard College Environmental Action Committee seeks to help achieve a sustainable world and protect the environment for its human and non-human inhabitants. To this end, the EAC aims to raise the consciousness of Harvard's students to the effect of their own actions on the environment and to their status as stewards of this planet's resources. We advocate specific changes at the campus, local, national, and international levels. Furthermore, we serve as a forum for discussion and a source of information on environmental issues. Finally, we seek to enrich our members through fun and fulfilling experiences. General Board Meetings are Wednesdays from 8-9 pm in the Quincy Spindell Room.

Contact: Jasmine Opie or Caroline Juang

Harvard College Global Energy Initiative

GEI aims to promote energy education and awareness throughout the Harvard undergraduate community through an energy innovation speaker series, campus outreach, and meaningful partnerships with a diverse set of other student organizations. We hope to provide students interested in energy a forum to connect with one another. In addition, we hope to provide students interested in energy a unique opportunity to collectively work on energy projects that have real impact, particularly through sustainable energy deployment projects in the developing world

Contact: Andrew Cohen or Riju Agrawal

Harvard Divinity School ECOdiv

EcoDiv brings ecological perspectives to bear on the study and practice of religion and ministry, calling on students, staff, and faculty to attend to the ecosystem in the many academic disciplines and activities at Harvard Divinity School. EcoDiv promotes and hosts speakers, conversations, films, workshops, advocacy, and other events. EcoDiv was instrumental in starting the HDS community garden and works closely with the HDS Green Team to support infrastructure and behavior change at HDS. EcoDiv also offers religious awareness and sensibility to larger ecological efforts, through collaboration with other organizations to coordinate events and provide resources.

Contact: Tiffany Curtis

The Harvard Energy Journal Club (HEJC)

A weekly journal club to facilitate discussion and understanding of the technical details of energy technology and energy economics. Each session, members will discuss a technical article regarding the science, technology, or economics of energy. HEJC's primary purpose is not to discuss policy issues, but rather it is to enable its members to develop the necessary technical background to better understand energy issues and policy. Each week, relevant papers are selected by a session moderator and circulated to the HEJC list. Participants should read the papers and come to the journal club prepared to discuss them. We cover a broad range of topics including:

1. Depletable resources: Oil, Natural Gas, Coal, Nuclear, etc.
2. Renewable resources: Geothermal, Wind, Solar, Hydro, Tidal, etc.
3. Applications: Clean Coal, CO2 Capture, Synthetic Fuels, Gasification, Fuel cells, Photovoltaic Cells, the Electric Grid, Energy Storage, etc.

Discussions are held every Monday from Noon to 1:00 PM in the Harvard University Center for the Environment Seminar Room and are open to all Harvard or MIT students, post-docs, and faculty.

Contact: Robert Gustafson

The Harvard Environmental Law Society

The Harvard Environmental Law Society (HELS) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization directed and staffed by students at Harvard Law School. HELS provides students with hands-on exposure to the numerous issues in law, policy, science and management that confront professionals in the field of environmental law. Members participate in conferences, host speakers, take trips and collaborate with groups throughout the University and the world in their effort to address environmental issues.

Contacts: Byron Ruby and Cassie Mitchell

Harvard Extension Environmental Club

Established in 2004, The Harvard Extension Environmental Club (H.E.E.C.--better known as The EC) is a club made up of students and alumni of the Environmental Management Program at the Harvard University Extension School. The EC mission is to provide a network and connection to the Harvard University community at large by organizing social and environmental activities. The club's activities include guest lectures, career network socials, field trips, site visits and participation in Earth Day and the Charles River Clean up efforts. The EC has strong support from the Environmental Management Faculty and Teaching Fellows. With this support and partnership in place, The EC looks to provide support to all students that are looking to further their education towards a more sustainable environment for future generations.

Contact: Lori Demaine

HSPH Environmental Health and Sustainability Club

The HSPH Environmental Health and Sustainability Student Club has been established to provide the Harvard community with an open forum specifically to facilitate the discussion of Environmental Health and Sustainability issues. This includes debates, speakers, and panels on issues of the environment and approaches to sustainability. This includes the relationship between these topics and human health, the science behind these linkages, and policy, law, and economic instruments to help reduce/avoid potential damage caused by these issues. The discussions also highlight the application of science and implications of these instruments in the occupational environment, environmental controversies, or other topics that the membership and officers deem pertinent to the membership.

Contacts: Kathleen Attfield

Kennedy School Climate Action

Kennedy School Climate Action (KSCA) is a student group at the Harvard Kennedy School. It was founded in the 2009 Fall Semester, primarily by a group of MPP1s. As opposed to other groups that focus on professional development and education (e.g. the Energy and Environment Professional Interest Council or EEPIC), KSCA focuses on actions that reduce climate change and that elevate the visibility of climate change in on-campus discourse.

Contacts: Jeramia Garcia

Resource Efficiency Program (REP)

The Resource Efficiency Program (REP) employs undergraduate students to be representatives (REP Reps) to their peers in their dorms and houses. These students educate their peers on environmental issues while advocating for pragmatic environmental efforts, such as changing incandescent light bulbs for florescent bulbs, double-sided printing, and reducing food waste. The program also works with the administration to make sustainable changes in their facilities and operations. The REP program is available to students at Harvard College, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School but welcomes outside volunteers to participate in REP activities and campaigns.

Contact: Samantha Houston

Students for Environmental Awareness in Medicine (SEAM)

Students for Environmental Awareness in Medicine (SEAM) was founded out of concern about escalating trends in environmental degradation and the absence of public discourse about the threat this degradation poses to human health. SEAM aims to address these issues within and outside of the HMS community. One of SEAM’s major impacts is to educate and engage the HMS community around these important changes through lunch talks, films, and journal clubs. Furthermore, SEAM collaborates with the Longwood Green Campus Initiative on a number of projects to improve energy efficiency and recycling and to reduce waste among students and staff.

Contact: Devan Darby or Jana Jarolimova

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 24 Oxford Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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