For businesses with a large campus and several buildings to monitor, pursuing environmental office solutions means consistently tackling problems across all locations. Harvard University is investing in saving energy, and the effort extends to multiple structures under the institution’s umbrella.

According to the Harvard Gazette, its green program applies to some of the art institutions it manages, which include the Fogg, Busch-Resinger and Arthur W. Sackler Museums.

These places were renovated recently in order to save energy and increase efficiency. The changes include multiple types of sustainability initiatives, such as reusable heating and cooling systems, more efficient light bulbs and shades for the ceiling to control the temperature of the interior.

As a result of their environmentally-conscious design, the museums were granted LEED Gold status. The Gazette spoke to Angela Chang of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, who specifically commented on the reasons why LED lights are good choices for museums.

“From a preservation standpoint, the safety of LED lights for displaying artworks and their ability to provide high-quality, consistent color rendering were our primary concerns,” she said. “We researched and confirmed these capabilities and also realized an additional benefit of light bulbs with long life spans.”

On a grander scale, Harvard has taken initiative to promote greener practices through its own website, which highlights its own improvements while encouraging others to take action through means like reducing “vampire power.” This term refers to the extra energy used by devices that are plugged in but switched off: even though they are inactive, they still add to energy costs.

Companies that manage groups of buildings can keep the standard of efficiency high when implementing sustainability initiatives. A coordinated plan will help building planners and managers regulate energy use in every location.