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Heather Henriksen

Chief Sustainability Officer, Harvard University

Heather Henriksen

Heather has served as Harvard University’s chief sustainability officer since 2008, building an organizational change initiative that resulted in the University community achieving its initial science-based climate goal of a 30% absolute cut in emissions, from 2006 to 2016, despite the addition of over 3 million square feet of space. She oversaw the development of Harvard’s first Sustainability Plan and has expanded a multi-disciplinary living laboratory research program that partners with faculty and students to use the campus as a test bed for piloting and sharing innovative solutions to real-world sustainability challenges. Heather is leading an effort within Harvard and externally with business leaders like Google to address the use of chemicals of concern in common building materials and products. Heather holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and is on the boards of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative and Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House Association.