Gund Hall's cafeteria, the Chauhaus, is the first one on campus to incorporate composting. It utilizes compostable utensils, cups and plates and uses single stream recycling.
The Graduate School of Design on average recycles 65% of it's waste stream including wood scraps from the wood shop. Recycling has increased roughly 45% since 2004 (per data provided
by the Harvard recycling office from Spring 2012).
Dyson hand dryers in Gund Hall bathrooms create a 95% cost saving vs. using paper towels. They also use 80% less energy than conventional hand dryers.
The Chauhaus offers a reusable mug program where participants receive a discount on coffee. This has led to hundreds of cups being saved from the trash.
The GSD Freecycle program encourages reuse through the donation of goods within the GSD community. You can both leave whatever you want and take whatever you want. First come, first served!
Switching to filtered water has eliminated the need for plastic bottles and water deliveries.
Over 150 ft. of bike racks are installed outside of Gund Hall on Quincy St. and Cambridge St. has promoted a more ecological means of transportation for members of the GSD community.
Updating and replacing 40 year old HVAC units within Gund Hall has resulted in more energy efficient heating and cooling.
Installing lighting sensors in the GSD bathrooms and incorporating the use of low wattage light bulbs has resulted in wattage decrease from 32 watts per bulb to 26 watts.
Year to date the GSD has reduced GHG Emissions by 14.1% ().
GSD Commencements are no waste events using 100% compostable materials.
Harvard Recycling sends phones out for reuse with the help of special needs students of high school age from the LABBB program.