Data & Metrics

Transportation data
Sustainability by the numbers

Data and metrics are at the core of all progress on issues related to sustainability. They help us to quantify and benchmark environmental impacts and evaluate the success of solutions. They help us measure water and materials consumption, waste diversion, and energy efficiency as well as social issues like health, equity, and well-being. And they help us use the campus as a living laboratory to make smart decisions and sustainable plans.

Accelerating positive change through campus data

At the MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS), we are working with partners around the Institute and across the wider community to aggregate, analyze, and share data and provide the tools to translate that information into insights and solutions. Making campus data available to staff, faculty, and researchers equips our community to evaluate dorm energy consumption, campus-wide greenhouse gas emissions, commuting behavior, and other factors that influence the extent of our carbon footprint.

Developing open, accessible, and comprehensive data platforms that all researchers can tap is a vital step in generating fresh models and scalable solutions that we can share with local and global communities. Learn how you can access sustainability data.

MITOS Focus Areas
Sustainability DataHub

In 2016 MITOS began exploring ways to streamline sustainability related campus data. The solution is a datahub that collects and stores data from all across campus. 

sustainable buildings map
Sustainable Buildings Map

Interactive map of buildings on MIT campus that have achieved LEED Gold Certification, LEED Silver Certification, or have sustainable design features.

Energize MIT
Energize MIT

Energize_MIT(BETA) is an open energy data platform that provides access to information on campus energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, buildings, and weather. It is intended to serve as an iterative and evolving one-stop-shop for campus energy exploration, analysis, and research.

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MITOS is participating in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) program. This national standard for data collection, assessment and benchmarking develops a comprehensive data set related to research, curriculum, campus operations for sustainability. 

Additional MIT Initiatives

A cross-disciplinary, open-data platform for monitoring urban health patterns, shaping more inclusive public health strategies, and pushing the boundaries of urban epidemiology. Pioneered by the Senseable City Lab and the Alm Lab, and sponsored by the MIT-Kuwait Center for Natural Resources and the Environment

Urban Modeling Interface - Sustainable Design Lab

UMI is a Rhino-based design environment for architects and urban planners interested in modeling the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities with respect to operational and embodied energy use, walkability and daylighting potential. 

Cambridge Solar Lab
Cambridge Solar Map

A simulation based technique to predict the amount of electricity yield from arbitrarily placing solar PV's anywhere in the world using the City of Cambridge as an example.

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Key Data and Metrics Partners

The data science team is leading the development of MIT’s DataHub. They are close partners with the Office of Sustainability and provide the technology the office uses to optimize data capture, integration, processing, and visualization.

Works with administrative and student groups to increase the amount of recycled goods and the types of materials that can be recycled.

The Systems Engineering Group (SEG) and Systems Performance and Turnover (SPT) plan and implement sustainable building projects providing and requiring data on sustainability

The Department of Facilities Utilities group maintains MIT”s electricity, heating, and cooling resources. They are a key partner in the collection of energy and utilities sustainability data.  

Works to develop and practice the most efficient methods of buying products and services for the MIT community.

Running the Commuter Connections and AccessMIT programs, the Parking and Transportation Office collects data on commuter patterns and usage.