CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University says it plans to make its campus fossil fuel-free by 2050.

The school announced the goal on Tuesday, saying it plans to cut fossil fuels from its campus operations and shift to energy sources including wind and solar power.

Harvard President Drew Faust says it will be a challenge but that the “grave risks” posed by climate change require action.

The plan is based on recommendations from a task force of faculty, students and administrators.

Harvard says it also plans to become fossil fuel-neutral by 2026 by offsetting its fossil fuel emissions with investments in renewable energy. It says it already cut greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent from 2006 to 2016.

The school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, joins a growing number of universities working to curb their environmental impact.


This story has been corrected to show that Harvard announced the goal to go fossil fuel-free on Tuesday, not Monday.