Salata Institute Hosts Second Semesterly Student Meeting 

The Salata Institute held a second convening of over 50 students representing more than 30 climate and sustainability student organizations across Harvard University. Attendees heard updates from the Salata Institute and student organization representatives and provided valuable feedback to the Salata Institute.

In a jam-packed two-hour convening, undergraduate and graduate students from across the University and Salata Institute team members shared updates and continued charting a path forward for climate collaboration at Harvard.  

The convening kicked off with a presentation by Professor Naomi Pierce on how research on butterflies is leading to bio-inspired climate solutions. Following Professor Pierce’s presentation, George Sarrinikolaou, Executive Director of the Salata Institute, gave updates on the Salata Institute’s activities since the most recent student convening in October, including:  

Students provided valuable feedback to the Salata Institute during this meeting and were encouraged to work together to develop recommendations for how the Institute should structure its work with undergraduate and graduate students. 

Several student groups gave presentations, including:  

  • The Harvard Climate Coalition, which serves as a community hub for undergraduate climate leaders, translating climate ideas into action. Get involved in the Coalition’s Intersectional Earth Week Event. Interested students can contact this group at
  • Harvard Undergraduates for Environmental Justice, which educates and mobilizes members of the Harvard community to protect the Earth’s resources and ecosystems. Interested students can contact this group at 
  • Climate in Action, a student group that approaches issues of sustainability and climate change through the lens of design. They promote sustainable design practices through education, advocacy, and action. Join by contacting 

The Salata Institute will continue to host semesterly gatherings of representatives of climate and sustainability focused student organizations across Harvard. If you are a member or representative of a climate or sustainability-focused student group at Harvard University and would like to be involved in future convenings of student organizations, please email