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Beyond Bricks and Mortar

Harvard university allston, massachusetts, USA
Harvard University’s Allston campus development is a model of environmental stewardship, and our green utility delivery system will provide all thermal, electrical and wet utilities—serving as a model of sustainable design for other institutions and communities.
Guided by a set of university-wide sustainability principles, Harvard University’s 200-plus acre Allston campus development is a model of environmental stewardship. New buildings will incorporate Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) features; renewable or clean energy sources will help power the campus; stormwater strategies will focus on pedestrian-friendly environments; services will protect, treat and replenish groundwater; and streetscape transportation initiatives will reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.
acre Allston campus development
megawatt cogeneration plant

To support the project, we are designing a green campus-wide utility delivery system that will provide for all thermal, electrical and wet utilities, including steam, natural gas, heating and chilled water, electricity, stormwater, water and sewer, and telecommunications. A critical component is a network of distributed energy facilities. The campus’ first 9-megawatt cogeneration plant, a technology that generates fewer greenhouse gases and a smaller carbon footprint, will include LEED® features and provide electricity and high-pressure steam for medical research. 

This utility master plan will intertwine with every part of Harvard’s Allston campus master plan and provide effective and efficient delivery of utility services...

Other sustainable campus design components under evaluation include a stormwater plan that maximizes retention, reuse and groundwater recharge through natural landscaping; heat recovery systems; and thermal storage strategies that will chill and store water in the evening to minimize peak-demand operations. This utility master plan will intertwine with every part of Harvard’s Allston campus master plan and provide effective and efficient delivery of utility services—serving as a successful model of sustainable design for other institutions and communities. 

Matt Goss Matt Goss
Harvard's campus-wide green utility delivery system will serve as a model of sustainable design for other institutions and communities.

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