Harvard beats its own environmental goal

Ever the over-achiever, Harvard University has surpassed its goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions — a 30-percent reduction from 2006 levels — by cutting them some 40 percent.

The goal was set eight years ago, with a target date of 2016. On December 8, the university released the details of its success, much of which has relied on improving the heating-and-cooling systems in campus buildings. The school boosted energy efficiency by installing a geothermal system and by adding solar panels on roofs, among other measures.

Why stop now?

Harvard President Drew Faust says the effort “required extraordinary collaboration among staff, students and faculty.” The university’s already working to set its future environmental goals.