Sustainability Projects and Programs at the GSD
- Gund Hall has the first restaurant on campus to incorporate composting. Single stream recycling introduced as well as compostable utensils, cups and plates.
- The Graduate School of Design on average recycles 65% of it's waste stream including woodscraps from the Woodshop. Recycling has increased roughly 45% since 2004. (Based on data provided by the Harvard recycling office Spring 2012).
- In 2009 Dyson hand dryers were installed in Gund Hall bathrooms. Using Dyson hand dryers creates a 95% cost saving vs. using paper towels. They also use 80% less energy than conventional hand dryers.
- Chauhaus started the reusable mug program. The result: hundreds of cups are no longer thrown in the trash and mug owners receive a discount on coffee.
- Implemented the GSD Freecycle program encouraging reuse through the donation of goods within the GSD community. Take an item. Leave an item.
- Switching from bottled water bubblers to filtered water. By doing so, there are no more truck deliveries and no more plastic bottles.
- Over 150 ft. of bike racks are installed outside of Gund Hall on Quincy St. and Cambridge St. promoting a more ecological means of transportation for members of the GSD community.
- Starting in 2006, roughly 40% of the Gund Hall roof has been converted to a Green Roof.
- Updating and replacing 40 year old HVAC cooling and heating units within Gund Hall. As of 2012 we are in Phase 3 of this project.
- Lighting sensors introduced in the bathrooms and incorporating the use of low wattage light bulbs. (Wattage decreased from 32 watts per bulb to 26 watts)
- Year to date the GSD has reduced GHG Emissions by 14.1% (University Goal is 30% by 2016).
- Commencement 2011 and Commencement 2012 were both no waste events using 100% compostable materials
- We have a new Cell Phone Recycle program! Harvard Recycling sends phones out for reuse with the help of special needs students of high school age from the LABBB program.
- Learn how to Wipe Data from your cell before recycling
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