Harvard Agrees With City of Cambridge to Build Sustainability

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology agreed with the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, where both schools are located, to jointly promote sustainable uses of energy and other resources.

The two universities and the city will collaborate on designing long-term strategies for coping with climate change and incubating “green” technologies that can be replicated by other communities, Harvard said today in a statement on its website. Companies including Akamai Technologies Inc., Novartis AG’s Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research and Whole Foods Market Inc. will also participate, Harvard said.

MIT scientists have been developing efficient sources of power through an energy initiative that was started by former president Susan Hockfield seven years ago. Harvard and MIT are already collaborating with the city on sustainability projects such as the Hubway bike-sharing system, the schools said in separate statements.

“We have much to gain from continuing to work together to confront climate change,” Harvard President Drew Faust said in the school’s statement. “I hope other leaders across the city are inspired to join us -- and our partners in the private sector -- in creating a healthier and more sustainable Cambridge.”

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