Greening HLS Commencement

Students, faculty and staff at Harvard Law School are confronting the challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability through academic study, campus projects and individual actions. Throughout the school, our community has teamed up to conserve energy, reduce waste, launch a bikeshare program, compost, and build LEED-certified “green” buildings.

Harvard Law School is committed to sustainability year-round, and our annual commencement event is no exception.

This year, we are reducing the environmental impacts of our Commencement Luncheon in the following ways:

  • Using compostable plastic utensils and cups;
  • Providing re-useable water bottles available for purchase and water bottle filling stations stocked with compostable cups to eliminate the need for bottled water;
  • Green Team members help sort waste into trash/recycling and compost at the Recycling Tent located on Holmes Field.

We seek to continually reduce the environmental impact of our Commencement events while providing a memorable celebration for our graduating students and their families and guests. Since 2009, we have reduced the amount of material we send to the landfill to a mere 5% of the total waste generated!

Please help us do even better this year by taking the following actions:

  • Recycle cans, bottles, and paper/cardboard all together in the same bin with Single-Stream recycling;
  • Save your commencement lunchbox for re-use;
  • After you finish your meal, bring waste to the recycling tent located towards the rear of Holmes Field where it will be sorted and properly recycled or composted by the HLS Green Team.

Want to learn more about sustainability at Harvard Law School? Please visit or email with questions.

Read more about last year’s Green Commencement here: