Climate Week: "Achieving Harvard's Science-based Climate Goal" with Heather Henriksen

April 28, 2017 – "Achieving Harvard's Science-based Climate Goal" with Heather Henriksen, Director, Office for Sustainability

The Office for Sustainability (OFS) presents a lunchtime discussion with Director Heather Henriksen on how the University community achieved the aggressive climate goal it set in 2008 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2016 from a 2006 baseline. Lunch will be provided.

Heather Henriksen leads a University-wide initiative that brings together students, faculty, and staff across Harvard's 13 Schools and dozens of central administrative departments to set and achieve goals for a healthier, more efficient, and sustainable campus. Working with the Executive Vice President, and an Executive Committee commissioned by President Drew Faust, she and her team have built a robust stakeholder engagement and governance structure responsible for implementing Harvard's science-based Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal and the creation of the first five-year Sustainability Plan. By cultivating partnerships with faculty and researchers, they are focused on using the campus to develop scalable solutions that enhance the well-being of the entire campus community.

Henriksen co-chairs a working group of the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) and the Sustainability Working Group for the Council of Ivy Presidents, and serves on the Executive Committee of Solution Generation. In coordination with Harvard's Executive Vice President, she manages the Higher Education Working Group of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission and serves on the City of Cambridge's Compact for a Sustainable Future Steering Committee and Net Zero Task Force. Outside of Harvard, Heather is a member of the Collective Board of Directors for Health Product Declaration, a partner of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a member of the Board of Trustees of Phillips Brooks House Association, and previously served on Secretary Napolitano's Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force, Department of Homeland Security. She holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

About Harvard Climate Week: The Harvard University Center for the Environment, in cooperation with a wide variety of partner institutions across the Harvard campus, has organized a week of climate change-related events called Climate Week. This week-long program will give the Harvard community, as well as the interested public, exposure to some of the best scholarship and thinking related to climate change that we have at the University. For more information and the full list of events visit: