Sustainability Project Funding for Earth Day 2016

Click here to apply now for a mini grant to help make MIT a game-changing force for campus sustainability this April!

Deadline to apply for funding is fast approaching on Sunday, April 3rd at midnight! 


About the MIni Grant Program

The 2016 MIT Earth Day Collective is pleased to announce funding for the MIT community (staff, students, faculty) to develop innovative & interactive campus projects promoting sustainability this April surrounding Earth Day 2016 (April 22, 2016). 

These small grants seek to encourage student, staff, and faculty teams to develop creative projects on campus that harness their scientific, social, artistic, and technological problem-solving skills. Projects will promote climate action, resource-efficiency, sustainable behavior and more. Ideas might include: workshops, speaker events, interactive projects, installations, experiments, etc. Last year's projects are listed below.

To apply for project funding (up to $500 per team), click here. Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, April 3, 2016.

This year's collective is made up of: The MIT Office of Sustainability, MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, MIT Energy Initiative, Sloan Sustainability Initiative, the MIT Recycling Office, MIT Environment, Health, & Safety Office, and MIT Office of Campus Planning

Application Instructions:

  1. Review the Funding Criteria and Requirements below.
  2. Fill out application here and submit before midnight on Sunday, April 3, 2016.
  3. Applicants will be informed of their funding status within 2 weeks of deadline.

Funding Criteria:

All applications will be evaluated based on their integration of the following themes:

  • Climate Forward Campus
    Projects that promote community awareness and action on climate change at the campus level (i.e. a focus on reducing MIT’s operational contribution to climate change).
  • Culture of Sustainability
    Projects that foster education and awareness to advance a culture of sustainable behavior at MIT – from sustainable mobility to energy efficiency. 
  • Sustainable Resource Consumption
    Projects that consume (and promote the consumption of) materials and supplies sustainably, considering the environmental and social impact of materials from sourcing to end-of-life.
  • Collective impact
    Projects that reach a minimum of 50 people (students, faculty, staff, community members) in a meaningful or innovative way.

Requirements:

 All applications must meet the following requirements:

  • ASA Student Group or Departmental Sponsor: Project teams must be affiliated with an ASA Student Group and/or include a staff or faculty sponsor within an MIT department.
  • Safety Considerations:  Be safe, legal, and possible within existing Institute infrastructure. Applicants who submit proposals that do not meet these criteria will be rejected.

Grants are made possible by: 

MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, MIT Energy Initiative, Sloan Sustainability Initiative, the MIT Recycling Office, MIT Environment, Health, & Safety Office, and MIT Office of Campus Planning

2015 Project Winners

Last year's grant recipients included:

  • Furniture Rehab and Demo Day (Furniture Exchange & Office of the President)
  • Trash On My Back (UA Committee on Sustainability)
  • Aquaponics at D-Lab (D-Lab) - an installation and learning laboratory
  • Reframing Complex Water Challenges Workshop (MIT Water Club)
  • Waste Research & Innovation Night (Waste Alliance)
  • MIT Environmental Film Festival (Environment, Health & Safety)
  • How to Start Compost Collection in your Lab or Office (Graduate Sustainability Council)
  • Earth Moment - Hallway video series at Choose to Reuse (Green Committee, Staff for Sustainability)
  • Clean Earth Hackathon (Sustainabiliy Club)
  • Waste Awareness Display (Department of Facilities & Sustainability Club)
  • Smart Water Data Link at MIT (Department of Architecture)

Questions: email sustainableMIT@mit.edu