The Green Team was formed in 2008 by a group of dedicated staff and students with the common goal of minimizing the school’s environmental impact and encouraging sustainable practices both on and off-campus. 

The Green Team includes HKS staff and students from across the campus, and welcomes participation from the entire HKS community. The team meets throughout the year to discuss various topics pertaining to environmental and personal wellness, host guest speakers, and organize events such as Freecycles, JFK Park clean-ups, and activity challenges. The team is always open to new discussion topics, activities, and members.


Karin Vander Schaaf

Karin Vander Schaaf

Administrative Coordinator for the Belfer Center's Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program; Executive Assistant to Professor John P. Holdren

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Jennifer Cole

Development Associate, Office of Alumni Relations and Resource Development

Mindfulness at HKS

The HKS Green Team hosts virtual meditation sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-3:00. Open to all members of the Harvard community.

Types of sessions offered include live guided meditations, prerecorded meditations,  and silent meditations, with a great variety of styles, including mindfulness, heartfulness, body scans, and more.

Send an email to to begin receiving invitations and updates.

Green Teams at Harvard

The HKS team is one of many Green Teams across the University with the shared goal of helping Harvard reduce its environmental impact and continue as a leader in campus sustainability.