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Green Living

The Harvard Law School Green Living Program is an educational initiative that promotes sustainable living on campus and awareness of global sustainability issues. Established in 2005, the program has evolved over time and is integrated into the fabric and culture of campus. The program engages students, faculty, and staff through many avenues including student orientations, resident assistant meetings, and major annual events.

Each academic year the first year JD students (1Ls) compete in the Green Cup Challenge a competition amongst the different 1L sections. The competition is comprised of numerous sustainability challenges through-out the year and points are awarded based on participation. Each challenge is designed to teach or share a sustainability tip that can be easily incorporated into student’s everyday life on campus and beyond, for example utilizing reusable mugs, reducing energy use, and opting for vegetarian food.

The Green Living program is support by HLS Facilities Management, Dean of Students, Office of Sustainability, and managed by the HLS Sustainability Manager.

Meet Your Reps

New Reps are hired each academic year. Contact the HLS Sustainability Program Manager at sustainability@law.harvard.edu to learn more or if you are interested in becoming a Green Living Rep.

1L Green cup competition

Each academic year the first year JD students (1Ls) compete in the Green Cup Challenge a competition amongst the different 1L sections.  The competition is comprised of 5 sustainability challenges and points are awarded based on participation and some bonus points for sustainability knowledge.  Each challenge is designed to teach or share a sustainability tip that can be easily incorporated into the student’s everyday life on campus and beyond.

Student Sustainability Associates

HLS Student Sustainability Associates are a key component of the Green Living program and the school’s commitment to sustainability. Each year a team of Sustainability Associates are hired to support green living activities and advance Harvard University’s Sustainability Plan at the Law School. Associates take on independent projects to implement policy improvements and sustainable living on campus in key focus areas such as food waste and offerings, energy and water conservation, renewable energy, recycling, and waste reduction. Topics and activities range from year to year and depend on student interest and sustainability priorities. Students are hired in the fall and work approximately 3 hours a week through-out the academic year. Contact the HLS Sustainability Manager at sustainability@law.harvard.edu to learn more or if you are interested in becoming an Associate.

Student Resources

Harvard Law School also has a strong and growing focus on environmental research and teaching, including the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic and the Food Law and Policy Clinic of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation.

Students are engaging in environmental leadership and exploring sustainability topics through the Environmental Law Society, the Environmental Law Review, Food Law Society, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and others.

Our faculty, including Jody Freeman, Wendy Jacobs, and Richard Lazarus are leading, national experts in the fields of environmental law. Students wishing to learn more about sustainability course offerings can explore the HUCE Environmental Course Guide.