OEB Green Team

Upcoming Events

FAS Green Program: Monthly Environmental Brown Bag Lunch Series
March 20, 2014 | 12-1 pm
Maillinckrodt, Room 102, 12 Oxford Street

Harvard Green Carpet Awards
April 2, 2014 | 3:30-5 pm
Knafel Center, Radcliffe Gymnasium
10 Garden Street

for more events...OFS Events Calendar

Green Team News

Check out Harvard's NEW & IMPROVED Sustainability website! ________________________

Welcome to our new co-leader, Celine Clabaut! Celine championed Green Lab Certification for the Hoekstra Lab and now adds her extensive knowledge of lab environments to Jeannette's office environment knowledge to help lead the OEB Green Team toward continued success. ________________________

Earth Month @ OEB -
Green Team Composting Event

Many thanks for all that joined us on a cold and drizzly April afternoon to learn about composting. Congratulations to our worm bin winner Allison Shultz!

Earth Day 2013________________________

Composting Pilot comes to the MCZ Labs!

compostWe are excited to announce that we recently rolled out a composting pilot program in the MCZ Labs building! Working with the FAS Green Labs Program, OEB Administration, the OEB Building Operations Team, and Custodial Services we were able to expand the pilot program that began in the BioLabs and Hoffman Labs. We anticipate a successful program that we will be able to rollout to other OEB-managed buildings in the future. A special shout out and thanks to the Hoekstra Lab for being the catalyst for bringing the pilot to the MCZ Labs building!

TerraCycle comes to OEB!
terracycle OEB community members can now deposit many kinds of waste in collection bins located outside the MCZ Mailroom, the first floor of MCZ Labs, and the HUH Mailroom!

Download a poster here.
Find out more about TerraCycle here.________________________

OEB Permanent Freecycle Area!FREECYCLE
Do you have extra office supplies? An extra desktop printer in working condition? or Are you looking to save some money and the planet? Check out the Freecycle area in the OEB Administration Office! Have supplies - leave 'em! Need supplies - take 'em!

Toner Recycling!
We pleased to offer a toner recycling collection site outside the MCZ Mailroom!

Greenie of the Month

Greenie of the Month

Do you know someone that should be recognized for their sustainability efforts? Email your Team Leader a
Greenie of the Month nomination!

Previous Greenies

OFS Green Tip of the Month

Holiday Shutdown Checklist:


Staff: If you have an office thermostat, lower it to 62.

Students: Buildings are heated throughout the winter break to keep January term students warm.  If you’re not one of them, do your part by turning your radiator all the way down.


..in dorms, kitchens, and offices. “Phantom Loads” add up fast and can account for 8% of energy use per year!

  • Power strips
  • Computer/Monitor/Printer/Fax and Copy Machine
  • Coffee Makers, Tea Kettles, Microwaves, and Appliances
  • Task lighting


  • What you can’t unplug
  • Main lights if you're the last one out the door


  • Blinds in your dorm or workspace.
  • Storm windows, where applicable. Storm windows can prevent 25-50% of heat loss!


Download a PDF of the checklist here!

Change the Way You Think

University Sustainability Impact Report

On October 22, 2012, President Faust announced the Office for Sustainability's release of Harvard’s first University-wide Sustainability Impact Report. You can read the report here.


Green Your Office

green leafThe Green Office website offers practical, Harvard-wide tips and resources for greening your office. Each of the resource conservation topics covered provides a quick overview of actions you may choose to take and a wide range of resources (fact sheets, PDF files, posters, etc.). Join the dozens of offices across Harvard who are Green Offices.


The OEB Administration Office has achieved Leaf Four Certification.

The Abzhanov Lab has acheived Leaf One Certification.

The Lauder Lab has acheived Leaf One Certification.

Are you a green certified office?
Let us know

Green Your Lab

Green LabsThe FAS Green Lab Certification program is a customized approach to identifying and addressing opportunities for waste and energy reduction in labs across campus. The collaborative process involves working with lab members to identify sustainability opportunities within their spaces, and sharing best practices related to energy efficiency, water reduction, lab material recycling, purchasing, and toxic waste reduction and prevention. By implementing simple and effective changes, the process often leads to a more efficient workflow and organized space.


The Hoekstra Lab has achieved Green Lab Certification. Congratulations!

Are you a green certified lab?
Let us know!

2012 Green Carpet Awards

Green Carpet AwardsCongratulations to our OEB Winners!

Team Award: OEB Green Team
2012 Active Members include
Kanchi Gandhi
Diane Sheridan
Catherine Weisel
Dorothy Barr
Irv Dumay
Phil Norton
Bridget Power
Paul Dwyer
Laura Tomaino
Jeannette Everritt

Individual Award: Jeannette Everritt

Green Team Contacts & Links

Check out our Green Boards! A big thank you to our building champions for caring for the boards!

  • Administration - outside of Anna Salvato’s office; championed by Jeannette Everritt
  • MCZ Labs - outside of the Lauder Lab, championed by Diane Sheridan
  • MCZ - outside of Ernst Mayr Library, championed by Catherine Weisel
  • HUH - mail room, championed by Anne Marie Countie