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Renewable Energy at Harvard Forest

December 1, 2010
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The Harvard Forest has recently received a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to undergo a feasibility study over the next 12 to 18 months that will consider the potential for one wind turbine on four possible sites. The study will evaluate environmental impacts and wind availability using Sonic Detection and Ranging (SODAR) equipment, which employs sound waves to remotely measure wind speed. Other research projects at the Forest have been using SODAR to measure wind speed since 2002. The study, which includes no new construction, is being undertaken as part of Harvard's commitment to confront the challenge of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Harvard University and the Forest, have a made a strong commitment to confront the global challenge of climate change. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent below our 2006 baseline by 2016. We believe it is our responsibility to address climate change by carrying out research and also by translating the findings of our research into action. To date, the University has been primarily focused on reducing emissions and curbing energy use by: building and renovating healthier, more sustainable and energy efficient buildings and offices for occupants to work, live and learn; and creating a green culture at Harvard that engages thousands of students, staff and faculty in activities and programs that reduce waste, cut energy use and conserve resources. This project is one of several ongoing efforts at the Forest to reduce its demand for fossil fuels. 

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