The Campus Sustainability Task Force is working to shape the vision and plan of action for campus sustainability at MIT. The Task Force, working with the Office of Sustainability, will provide a forum to share the campus sustainability perspectives of the MIT Energy Initiative, MIT Environmental Initiative, and Climate Action at MIT. Its membership is working to engage the MIT community--faculty, students and staff from across the schools and interdisciplinary laboratories--with regard to campus sustainability. It will publish a blueprint for sustainability in the coming months.
When climate scientists, transportation experts, and researchers work with staff and the broader community – each bringing their own backgrounds and expertise – new ideas emerge and have the momentum to succeed. From the Undergraduate Association’s Committee on Sustainability to the Working Green Committee, such campus partnerships and strategic collaborations inspire and inform MIT’s efforts to create a more sustainable campus.
In addition to facilitating working groups and task forces, MITOS also organizes events like the annual Sustainability Connect meeting, which convenes MIT committees, groups, and thinkers involved in creating next generation campus sustainability programs. Learn more below.
MITOS seeks to engage and empower staff, students, and faculty to inform and shape the future of sustainability on campus, through the facilitation of working groups, task forces, and key events.
Each year, MITOS engages a group of academic and administrative programs to form an "Earth Day Collective" to sponsor small campus-based projects, by providing small grants. The mini grant initiative is meant to fuel student, staff, and faculty teams to develop creative projects on campus that harness their scientific, social, artistic, and technological problem-solving skills. Projects advance climate action, resource-efficiency, sustainable behavior or other innovative sustainability initiatives.
Sustainability Connect is an annual meeting hosted by MITOS for all MIT committees, groups, and thinkers involved in creating game-changing campus sustainability programs at MIT.
In November 2015, the MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) released its first set of recommendations, generated by the 2014-2015 Sustainability Working Groups, which addresses the following topics: building design and construction; stormwater and land management; materials management; and green labs.
There are plenty of opportunities to learn and get involved. Start by joining a group.
MIT staff for sustainability.
Undergraduate Association’s (UA) Committee on Sustainability
MIT Graduate Student Council Sustainability Subcommittee
MIT Sloan School of Management Sustainability Summit - an annual student-run conference
MIT student-run Energy Club
MIT Food and Agriculture Collaborative
MIT student-run Water Club
MIT Sloan Net Impact Chapter
Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development (SEID)
MIT Sloan School of Management Policy Forum
MIT Energy Club at Sloan School of Management
Outdoor recreation club for students, staff, alumni, and faculty from MIT and greater academic community
The following groups and departments are just a sampling of the types of campus collaborations possible.
Environmental Solutions Initiative
MIT Energy Initiative
Oceans at MIT part of MIT Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Sloan School of Management Sustainability Initiative
Climate CoLab part of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Concrete Sustainability Hub in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Changing Places Group, MIT Media Lab
D-Lab, MIT Edgerton Center
Joint Program on Science and Policy of Global Change
MIT CoLab, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
MIT Sustainable Design Lab–Building Technology Program, Department of Architecture
Transportation at MIT