Alumni interest and involvement in sustainability work is as diverse as the MIT alumni population itself. A number of alumni work in sustainability at nonprofits, startups, corporations, universities, and other public institutions, while others are advocates for living more sustainably. More still have an interest in supporting a more sustainable MIT. With the creation of MIT’s environment and sustainability minor, the number of MIT alumni in this space will only continue to grow. Engaging alumni is an important facet of the work of the Office of Sustainability (MITOS). Alumni are uniquely positioned to work in support of MITOS's mission of transforming MIT into a powerful model for sustainability and sharing those lessons learned in hopes of making a better world.
To learn more about the office and how you can engage with it, please read on.
What is the mission of the Office of Sustainability?
The MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) was established in 2013 under the Executive Vice President and Treasurer's Office to integrate sustainability across all levels of our campus by engaging the collective brainpower of our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and partners. We have set out to ensure that sustainability is a critical part of MIT’s standard operating procedures and is fully integrated into the working, research, teaching, social and cultural spheres of our campus.
Our mission is to transform MIT into a powerful model that generates new and proven ways of responding to the unprecedented challenges of a changing planet via operational excellence, education, research and innovation on our campus.
What is MIT doing to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions?
Guided by the 2015 Plan for Action on Climate Change, MIT continues to work toward a goal of a minimum of 32 percent reduction in campus greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Each year, MIT measures the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the operation of our campus to better understand our direct contribution to the heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere – the gases contributing to global climate change. This basis informs our carbon reduction strategies and allows for tracking progress over time. You can see the most up to date progress and strategies here.
Can someone from the Office of Sustainability speak at my alumni event?
As scheduling and events allow, members from the Office of Sustainability may be available for webinars or local speaking events. For more information, please email: email@example.com
How can I support the Office of Sustainability?
The Campus Sustainability Incubator Fund seeks to enable MIT faculty and principal investigators (PIs) to partner with operational experts to leverage to use the MIT campus as a test bed for research in sustainable operations, management, and design. The seed funds enable teams of students, faculty, and researchers to explore the physical facility and social context in which they are working, living and learning at MIT. The initial fund was made possible through a generous gift from Malcom M. Strandberg. You can support this fund directly here.
How can alumni stay informed of the work of the Office of Sustainability?
Alumni can subscribe to our monthly newsletter here to stay up to date on projects, research, events, reports, and more related to the work of the Office of Sustainability. For an update on all sustainability work across campus, you can visit the news section of the Office of Sustainability website here. You can also find up to date reports from working groups, researchers, and faculty in our Resource Library. Additionally, you find the Office of Sustainability Twitter and follow the MIT Energy, Environment & Sustainability Network for alumni on Facebook.
I’m an alumni vendor, how do I share my product or idea with you?
The Office of Sustainability does not work directly with vendors. Operational decisions related to vendors are made outside of the Office of Sustainability. If you have a product or idea you would like to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will send to the appropriate people. Should there be interest, a representative within the MIT community will be in touch. We do not respond to individual requests for meetings.
Institute-level Initiatives and Offices
Academic and Research Entities
Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab
City Science group (MIT Media Lab)
Climate CoLab (MIT Center for Collective Intelligence)
Concrete Sustainability Hub (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
D-Lab (Edgerton Center)
Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research
MIT Community Innovators Lab (Department of Urban Studies and Planning)
MIT Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment (Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
MIT Sea Grant Program
MIT Sustainable Design Lab (Building Technology Program, Department of Architecture)
Open Agriculture Initiative (MIT Media Lab)
Sloan Sustainability Initiative
Transportation@MIT (School of Engineering)
Staff Sustainability Initiatives
Student Sustainability Initiatives