A pledge by Harvard University to cap carbon emissions from a new cluster of science buildings, heralded last week, coincided with a bit of green news from the second-oldest Ivy. Yale University announced that Foster + Partners is designing a LEED-certified building to triple the size of its business school.
Harvard’s news comes as part of its six-year-old Green Campus Initiative, which has guided Cooper, Robertson & Partners’ plans for a 341-acre expansion campus into Allston, near its historic home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The university is pledged last week that its new Allston Science Complex will emit no more than half the greenhouse gases of similar education and research facilities. It has retained Behnisch Architekten, based in Stuttgart, Germany, to design four buildings totaling 589,000 square feet. Among other green features, the project will include cogeneration and micro-grid distribution of power, geothermal wells, and solar chimneys. Behnisch, which recently opened an office in Boston called Behnisch Studio East, will also study the feasibility of adding windmills, a geothermal loop, and capturing potential heating energy from the sewage system.