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Harvard Forest garageHarvard Forest is committed to making infrastructure decisions that advance state-level and Harvard University goals for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sustainability. Major projects contributing to these goals include: 

"Green" Garage and Solar Array

The Harvard Forest maintenance garage was designed and built by the Harvard Forest Woods Crew using timber sustainably harvested from our own forestland (see the Harvard Forest land-use master plan).

Power Usage at Harvard Forest Solar Array

An adjacent solar array provides about 8% of the electrical needs for long-term research experiments on Prospect Hill. Since monitoring began in 2007, the system has generated 17,600 kilowatt hours of clean energy--enough to offset more than 23,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

 

Harvard Forest thermal biomass systemThermal Biomass Facility

A January 2014 Open House at the Forest celebrated the dedication of a new, super-efficient thermal biomass system that heats the campus's 5 main buildings using wood harvested from Harvard Forest land.