Past & Future

Past & Future 

MIT has set a greenhouse gas reduction goal of at least 32 percent below a 2014 baseline by 2030 in a report released in October 2015, “A Plan for Action on Climate Change.”  To learn more about the community-wide conversation, committee, and recommendations that led to this goal and other campus climate commitments, visit the MIT Climate Action website.  

In 2016, a greenhouse gas working group was launched in partnership with the MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) and the departments of FacilitiesPlanning and Environment, Health and Safety to create a roadmap to achieving the 32 percent reduction goal. Work has already begun to integrate low-carbon design and innovation into campus operations. 

Released in Fall 2015, the MIT Campus Sustainability Working Group Recommendations provide a guiding set of principles for sustainable design and construction, green labs, stormwater and land, and materials and waste management. These recommendations call for and provide clear steps forward to engage the campus as a living laboratory and model of sustainable, low-carbon solutions. 

Commitment to Continual Improvement

MIT has adopted a greenhouse gas inventory process in line with leading industry practice. Our data gives us an accurate representation of campus emissions to the best of our knowledge. Improvement is not only expected but is a focus of our work as we seek to apply and invent cutting edge GHG management research and data collection methods. Emissions from employee commuting, business air travel, purchasing, and waste (additional standard areas of measurement) are not currently included in the inventories, but are being considered for future inclusion.