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Nancy Cline, Paul Bellenoit and Rebecca Graham congratulated HCL staff who were recognized at yesterday’s Green Carpet Awards. HCL Green Team co-chair Andy Laplume, far right, was recognized with an individual award, while HCL Green Team members, including, at left, George Clark and Monique Duhaime, were named finalists in the project team category. Not pictured: Green Team members Thomas Bahr, Lars Klint and Tim Driscoll.


April 12, 2011 – Harvard College Library’s sustainability efforts received special recognition earlier this week at the Green Carpet Awards. Members of the HCL Green Team were named a finalist in the project team category for their efforts to get Green Leaf certification for all staff workspaces in the libraries, while HCL Assistant Director for Project/Building Systems Management and Green Team chair Andy Laplume was recognized for his individual efforts throughout the libraries.

Created by Harvard’s Office for Sustainability, the Green Carpet Awards recognize individual staff, faculty, students, and project teams who have made an outstanding contribution to Harvard’s sustainability effort. The awards were made in a ceremony held April 11 in Sanders Theatre. 

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“The members of the Green Team and Andy did an outstanding job of promoting and helping staff members implement the Green Office Program throughout the HCL buildings.” said Paul Bellenoit, Director of Operations and Security, the sponsor of the Green Team and a recipient of one of last year’s individual awards.  “These awards underscore the Library’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.”

Last February, the Green Team, led by Laplume, launched a project with the ultimate goal of having all 20 offices in Widener, Houghton, Lamont, Pusey, and Tozzer libraries reach at least Green Leaf One certification by January 2011.  Not only was the goal met but the majority of units went on to achieve Green Leaf Two or higher, and five achieved Green Leaf Four.

The successful effort demanded close collaboration between Green Team members and staff. Each Green Team member worked directly with representatives from library offices, guiding them through the certification process, answering questions about Green Leaf requirements and offering advice on how to meet certification criteria. With the team members acting as mentors, staff throughout the libraries took dozens of steps to green their workspaces, and found innovative ways to incorporate sustainability into their day-to-day work. 

Members of the HCL Green Team in addition to Laplume are: Thomas Bahr, Widener; George Clark, Lamont; Tim Driscoll, Pusey; Monique Duhaime, Houghton; Lars Klint, Tozzer; and Peter Reuell, HCL Communications.