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The Green Team

Mildred Barnes Bliss summarized the environmental vision behind Dumbarton Oaks when she declared that: “Gardens have their place in the humanist order of life and . . . trees are noble elements to be protected by successive generations and . . . not to be neglected or lightly destroyed.”

Rose Garden
Rose Garden

The Green Team, founded in 2008, is an interdepartmental group of Dumbarton Oaks staff inspired by the conservationist ethic of Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss and informed by Harvard University’s sustainability mission. Through an ongoing conversation on best practices, the Green Team’s mission is to propose and implement policies for improving energy efficiency, reducing waste, and minimizing the carbon footprint of our beautiful Georgetown campus. Among other initiatives, the Green Team supported a switch to 100% wind power for campus electric accounts; instituted a composting program; promoted recycling (of batteries, plastic bags, etc.) and waste reduction (through double-sided printing and a Borrow-a-Bag program); backed the offering of “green” commuting options and the installation of bicycle racks; and designed “green” merchandise for the Museum Shop.

Current projects include maintaining “green” campus signage for light switches, copiers, and recycling and composting bins; communicating sustainable policies and practices to staff, fellows, and interns; and sharing energy use data with Harvard. On an institutional level, Dumbarton Oaks’ commitment to sustainability is reflected in our ambition to obtain Gold LEED certification for the new Fellowship Building at 1700 Wisconsin Avenue, which is undergoing renovation and is projected to open its doors in the fall of 2014.

For more information about Harvard University’s sustainability mission see: The Harvard Office for Sustainability (OFS).

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