This website's mission is to make human health an integral part of sustainability practices on college campuses. By raising awareness of the link between health and exposure to everyday toxic chemicals, we hope to inspire students and academic leaders to consider not only their carbon footprint, but also their chemical footprint. Just as it is unsustainable to continue depleting our planet's natural resources, it is also unsustainable to disregard the health effects of the chemicals in products we use. In order for us to enjoy a more sustainable environment now and in the future, we must safeguard our health.
The Healthy Green Campus Project was founded in 2014 by the Silent Spring Institute in collaboration with Professor John Spengler, Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and with Harvard University’s Office for Sustainability. The idea for the project emerged from a desire to change the way people think about the pursuit not only of a “green” environment but also one that sustains human health. By merging the two concepts, we hope to create a healthier environment in which communities can live and thrive for generations to come.