Students, staff, and faculty interested in pursuing their passions and ideas for making MIT a more sustainable campus have a vibrant network of initiatives to tap into. Student and staff-led initiatives range from urban gardening to building a solar car. As the Office of Sustainability establishes itself, there will be more ways to get involved, including opportunities for student employees to work on a variety of hands-on campus sustainability projects with the Office. See below for a snapshot of resources that can help you get connected today: upcoming events at MIT; staff and student groups; and funding opportunities for student projects.
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Staff Sustainability Initiatives
The mission of the Green Committee is to develop and deliver programs that educate administrative and support staff at MIT about recycling, reducing and reusing goods. Efforts include identifying/addressing gaps in staff understanding about recycling as well as gaps in recycling resources, and creating ways to increase recycling at MIT. Amongst other activities, the Green Committee organizes Choose to Reuse every third Thursday of the month. The Green Committee began as a part of the efforts of the Working Group on Support Staff Issues (WGSSI).
Koch Institute Green Team
The Koch Institute Green Team is a volunteer group of administrative and research staff, faculty, post docs, and students committed to making KI a more sustainable workplace. Website coming soon. If you part of the KI community and would like to get involved, email us here.
Student Sustainability Initiatives
MIT has a number of student-run groups and initiatives that provide undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to get involved on and off-campus in activities related to sustainability. Get in touch if you would like to add or update the information for your student group.
The UA's Committee on Sustainability strives to generate interest, awareness, and action in sustainability on campus by raising awareness, fostering good habits, providing resources, and driving policy changes. Past and present projects include the Trashion Show, RecycleMania, Dorm Electricity Competition, and Composting Initiative. This committee dreams of making MIT the most sustainable campus in the world.
The GSC Sustainability Subcommittee grew out of the Council's desire to strategically contribute to a sustainable future at MIT. Initiatives have included: Earth Week Activities; greening events and orientation; bike shows; and more. Graduate students can get involved and access resources here.
The MIT Sustainability Club is a student run initiative that maintains a weekly newsletter summarizing engaging, late breaking sustainability-related events and news occurring at MIT, Harvard University, and neighboring areas, as well as additional announcements such as job postings. To subscribe, send an email message with subject or body 'help' to sustainability-request (at) mit.edu.
The MIT Sustainability Summit is an annual student-run conference that has grown to include more than 350 attendees ranging from professionals, academics, and students. May 2014 marks the sixth year of the Summit with its theme "Coastal Cities: Sustainable Futures." The 6th Annual MIT Sustainability Summit will be held May 3-4, 2014 at the MIT Media Lab. Click here for more information.
The MIT Energy Club is focused on the creation of a tight-knit energy community at MIT. The club holds weekly events, including document-based energy discussion groups and the MIT Energy Lecture Series, alongside signature events such as the annual MIT Energy Night and the MIT Energy Conference. The club's emphasis is on building a community at MIT with a deeper understanding of global energy trends and challenges through open, fact-based discussion.
The MIT Food and Agriculture Collaborative brings together students – and other MIT community members – to coordinate and support work in the areas of food and agriculture. Members are actively engaged in advocating for and supporting the development of a more sustainable food system on our own campus. We also work to enhance MIT’s role in contributing to the broader discourse on agricultural sustainability across the global system.
The MIT Transportation Club aims to bring together the transportation community for education, networking, and research collaboration. Founded in the spring of 2010, the organization has grown rapidly to include over 300 members from across all Schools of the Institute. Membership in the MIT Transportation Club is open to any member of the MIT community. Key events includes a weekly seminar series, tours to transportation centers, and the MIT Transportation Showcase.
The MIT Water Club is the leading network for water research and innovation at MIT, serving as a forum for discussion; organizing lectures, roundtables and workshops; providing opportunities for networking around MIT and beyond; and showcasing cutting edge resources related to water solutions.
The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) also maintains a list of student group resources related to energy here.
Funding for Student Sustainability Initiatives
The sustainability fund will be used to provide grants to graduate students and groups who are keen to champion an activity or lead an action that directly aids towards making the MIT campus clean, environmentally benign and resource efficient. Submit an application here.
The Campus Energy Task Force established the Student Campus Energy Project Fund, a competitive grant program, for student energy projects that promote sustainable campus energy and environmental practices.