Industry News: Litigation

At Harvard, The Divinity Tree Stands Between Eco-Driven Arguments

Wednesday, February 6, 2019  
Posted by: Dana Walker

Andover Hall is the heart — and soul — of Harvard Divinity School.


Built in 1911, the Gothic stone building needs some upgrades: modern classrooms, better accessibility and a new meeting space. Divinity school officials also say they have a "moral imperative" to reduce the building's greenhouse gas emissions.

But officials say they need to cut down a tree to make way for the new meeting space. And not just any tree — a towering red oak about 75 feet tall and about 150 years old. Students and community members call it The Divinity Tree, and some are protesting the expansion plans.

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