Thursday, July 8, 2010

Toxic Chemicals Video

Leaked Footage from the Toxic Chemicals Lobby?

From the environmental coalition Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families:
"Watch the wacky video we created to galvanize public support for Congressional action, and have fun with a pretty serious issue. The characters you will meet in the video are cartoons, but the plot is ripped straight from the headlines."

Video available here!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Green Living Rebellion

While we realize that not everyone rushes to do exactly as we advise in our residence Green Living e-mails, it takes a special brand of person to put time and effort into active rebellion.  We were struck by the determination of the photographer of the following photo; in response to our water conservation campaign, this highly motivated individual has vowed to run his shower for an hour each time he receives an e-mail from our program.  Hopefully he’s putting as much effort into his finals!  

We also think he’d have more fun if he showered with a friend, instead of leaving his shower empty.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Free Used Boxes!

Store Your Stuff Sustainably

Reuse old boxes to store your stuff for the summer!  Used (but clean!) corrugated cardboard boxes will be available at the donation site between the Hark and Story each day.  Brought to you by the HLS Green Living Program - enjoy!

Watcha Gonna Do With All That Junk??

Moving out?  Don't Throw It All Away!

Sell or donate your belongings.  It's easy:


Donations will be distributed to local charities and animal shelters by
Harvard Habitat for Humanity and the HLS Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)

From now through May 28th bring donations to bins between Hark and Story, in the Hark (near the ramp), in thePound basement mailroom, in the North common room,
or in the Hastings basement (under the stairs near the kitchen).

LINENS AND TOWELS (please place in SALDF’s boxes)
SHOES (tied together)
ROOM SUPPLIES (fans, crates, bulletin boards, blocks)
FOOD (non-perishable)

Donate almost anything in usable condition except for dishware and utensils “borrowed” from the Hark—please return these items!  If you would like a receipt for your donations, e-mail Timothy at

Benefiting charities include Habitat for Humanity, the Cambridge YWCA Family Shelter, Greater Boston Food Bank, Unite for Sight, Better World Books, Students United to Fight Hunger, and local animal shelters.

And don’t forget about HLS e-waste recycling:
Recycle batteries, cell phones, all cords & cables, chargers, CDs, DVDs, USB keys, CFLs (cushioned and sealed), and other small electronic waste in buckets in the Pound basement mailroom, Pound 3rd floor, Langdell Circulation Desk, 125 Mt. Auburn lobby, Hauser basement Help Desk, or outside the Facilities Office on Holmes 1.  
Larger items such as printers, hard drives, computer monitors, etc, can be taken to the ITS Help Desk in the basement of Hauser; small e-waste items with sensitive stored data can also be dropped off to ITS for secure destruction and recycling.

Brought to you by the HLS Green Living Program and Harvard Recycling

QUESTIONS? Contact your Green Living Rep or   

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Apply to be a Green Living Representative!

Join a team of fellow HLS students working to engage dorm residents and the entire student community in Harvard’s Greenhouse Gas Commitment and Sustainability Principles.  Green Living Program Reps work through peer-to-peer education as well as collaboration with other campus groups and the HLS administration to encourage energy conservation, water conservation, recycling, and waste reduction.

Deadline to apply: noon on Wednesday, April 28 (early applications encouraged!)
Hours a week: 3 (on average)
Pay: 18$/hr

For more information, and to apply, visit  Send questions to HLS Sustainability Coordinator Cara Ferrentino (  

The Green Living Program is a partnership between the Law School and the Office for Sustainability.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


at the HLS Earth Day Fair!

Thursday, April 22
Outside on the Hark Patio*

Food, vendors, games, prizes, information, and more!
With remarks from Dean Minow at 11:55am!

-          Browse booths from local/green businesses and food shops
-          Challenge a friend or co-worker to a recycling quiz—win a prize!
-          Swap an incandescent bulb for a 15w CFL for a desk lamp
-          Drop off batteries and other electronic waste for recycling
-          Learn about HLS environmental groups and programs

Sponsored by the HLS Green Living Program, with the HLS Green Team, Joint Council, ELS, ELR, SALDF, Harvard Office for Sustainability, Restaurant Associates & Facilities Management. 

With special guests: Harvest Co-op, Q’s Nuts and Christina’s Ice cream, The Danish Pastry House, Quad Bikes, Buffalo Exchange, Stonehearth Pizza, Jute and Jackfruit Eco-Clothing, Green Spot Studio Eco-Jewelry, and more!

*In case of rain, the Fair will relocate inside to the first floor of the Hark.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Going Gothic

Finding a New "Eco-Font"

Looking into ways to save money on toner cartridges, a University of Wisconsin professor suggested an "Ecofont" to his IT department. IT came up with an even easier solution—the commonly available Century Gothic font.  

The eco-font saves ink by filling each letter with tiny holes.  Century Gothic effectively removes even more ink.  Tiny changes in the amount of ink used to print each character adds up in the aggregate—whether that's your ink cartridge costs or Green Bay's nearly $100,000 in toner costs. Century Gothic uses 30 percent less ink in printing than the typical Arial setting, but there is a slight trade-off in paper use.

Find out more at NPR.  

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Get Dirty: Part II

Harvard Garden Planting

What:   Official Launch of the new Harvard Edible Garden
When:   April 17, 2010
             Garden Work: 11-3pm
             Remarks and official opening: 1:30pm
Where: The Garden is located on the corner of Mt Auburn Street and Holyoke, in front of Lowell House
More info: 

Students, Staff and Faculty have been busy planning a sustainable, edible garden on the intersection of Mt Auburn Street and Holyoke Place in Cambridge. The official opening day for the garden is April 17th, and we will celebrate with an inaugural community work day. 
Come starting at 1
1am to help move soil, fill our newly-built raised beds, and start some spring planting.  There will be an afternoon break for food and remarks at 1:30pm. Work will finish around 4 PM at the latest. Feel free to help out for all or part of the day.  ELS will meet at 12 noon in front of the Hark to walk over to the garden site!