Thriving Networks

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Partnering to advance sustainability

Our commitment to sustainability is guided by scientific research that shows that efforts to meet the needs of an ever-increasing global population are undermining the natural environment’s essential life-support systems. As an Institute, we have great capacity to tackle this challenge and to find and test solutions. But we know we must work across departments, neighborhoods, and political boundaries to make this happen.

At MITOS, we are tapping into the collective intelligence of staff, faculty, and student partners across MIT and the broader community to study current conditions, craft solutions and analyze impacts related to sustainability and climate change. We do this by facilitating working groups and task forces around specific subject areas; participating on committees within the City of Cambridge; hosting meetings and conferences for audiences local and global; and building networks with partners across the region and world.

Learn more about the networks and groups on campus, city-wide, and around the region and globe.


Campus partnerships and strategic collaborations

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.

Get involved in sustainability efforts on campus

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

Initiate a collaboration

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


Connecting with our urban partners

The challenges of sustainability – from bike infrastructure to climate resiliency – do not end at our campus’ boundaries. Meanwhile, the intellectual pool of problem solvers in the Boston and Cambridge region is rich and diverse. As an urban campus that stretches along the banks of the Charles, we seek to leverage MIT’s unique potential to serve as a partner and as a physical test bed for urban solutions to climate change.

The cities of Cambridge and Boston have a long history of coming together with partners from higher education, business, industry, and the nonprofit community to advance leading-edge climate and sustainability initiatives like the Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future, the Net Zero Action Plan, the Kendall Square Ecodistrict, the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, as well as a broad range of transportation, waste management, and climate vulnerability efforts. Find out more about our collective efforts below.


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Forming networks around the region and world

MITOS recognizes that the underlying challenges of sustainability are global – and require deep collaboration with regional, national, and global partners. The campus itself—while embedded in a distinct, urban community– is a truly global institution, educating, hosting, and employing thousands of international scholars, staff, and faculty.