How can we shift our relationship to material consumption to address the impacts of rapidly increasing global waste rates?

By cultivating learning opportunities that drive innovation in materials science and allow students to get their hands dirty building prototypes, such as the MADMEC design challenge.


By inventing new systems that address the toughest environmental waste problems, like what to do with “nonrecycled” plastics that never decompose in the landfill.


By giving new life to old materials on campus rather than sending them straight to the landfill or incinerator, through networks such as MIT's monthly Choose to Reuse swap.


By asking questions that transform the way we make decisions on campus. What new metrics can MIT use to assess and track its resource consumption in order to achieve a sustainable future?