The MIT Office of Sustainability collaborates closely with campus administrative and academic departments, faculty, staff and student groups, and many others to advance a vibrant and resilient community committed to a sustainable future. Our campus partnerships and strategic collaborations inspire and inform MIT’s sustainability work. Visit some of our active partners below to find out more about their work and MIT's ongoing sustainability-related initiatives and resources. These represent just a sampling of our cross-campus partnerships.
Administrative Partners and Resources
- The Office of Sustainability works closely with the offices under the Executive Vice President and Treasurer and its partners. Click here for a review of the offices on AdminConnect. See below for specific links to some of the offices that we partner with.
- Department of Facilities
- Resource: Department of Facilities' Sustainability site
- Division of Student Life
- Environment, Health & Safety Headquarters
- Resource: Environmental Stewardship
- Information Services and Technology (IS&T)
- MIT Dining
- MIT Medical
- Resource: Community Wellness Program
- Office of the Vice President of Finance (VPF)
Staff Sustainability Initiatives
Student Sustainability Initiatives
- Undergraduate Association’s (UA) Committee on Sustainability
- Graduate Council Sustainability Subcommittee
- Sustainability Summit
- Energy Club
- Food and Agriculture Collaborative
- Water Club
MIT Academic Initiatives and Departments
- Environmental Solutions Initative
- MIT Energy Initiative
- Sloan Sustainability Initiative
- Climate CoLab
- Department of Urban Studies and Planning
- Concrete Sustainability Hub
- Changing Places Group within the MIT Media Lab
- D-Lab within the Edgerton Center
- Joint Program on Science and Policy of Global Change
- MIT Co Lab within the Department of Urban Studies and Planning
- MIT Sustainable Design Lab within the Building Technology Program at the Department of Architecture
MIT is building strong partnerships with the cities of Boston and Cambridge and with our peer institutions, maximizing our ability to foster and advance sustainability across local, regional, and global communities. Below are several of the community and peer efforts in which MIT participates.
Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future
MIT is a founding member of the Cambridge Community Compact for a Sustainable Future, an innovative, community-based partnership on sustainability with the city of Cambridge, Harvard University and other local organizations. To read more, click here.
Cambridge Climate Protection Action Committee (CPAC)
MIT is a longstanding member of the City of Cambridge's Climate Protection Action Committee (CPAC), an advisory committee appointed by the City Manager, to assist in the implementation of the City's Climate Protection Plan. The Committee also periodically develops recommendations to the City Manager.
Cambridge Net Zero Energy Task Force
In December 2013, the City of Cambridge created the Getting to Net Zero Task Force charged with advancing the goal of putting Cambridge on the trajectory towards becoming a “net zero community”, with focus on carbon emissions from building operations. This includes reducing energy use intensity of buildings and taking advantage of opportunities to harvest energy from renewable sources. MIT's Director of Sustainability, Julie Newman, sits on the Task Force as a University Representative.
Boston Green Ribbon Commission
MIT is actively engaged in the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, made up of members from many segments of the Boston community, dedicated to sharing ideas, monitoring progress and engaging key sectors in the implementation of Boston’s Climate Action Plan.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) works with the mission to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. They do this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.
The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)
MIT is a member of the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), which brings together colleges and universities from all over the world to share best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching. Watch a video of MIT Sustainability Director Julie Newman at the 2013 ISCN Conference in Singapore discuss how campuses around the world are integrating sustainability into their strategic plans here. In 2014, MIT partnered with Harvard to host the annual conference in Cambridge around the theme "Pushing Boundaries: Leveraging Collective Action for Global Impact" - read the news story here.
Ivy Plus Sustainability Consortium
Alongside thirteen of its peer institutions, MIT is a member of the Ivy Plus Sustainability Consortium, which is committed to sharing solutions that include the implementation of innovative technologies as well as research and operational methodologies that advance a commitment to greenhouse gas reduction across all of our campuses. MIT's Office of Sustainability is hosting the Consortium's 2016 Annual Summit.
Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC)
The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium was established in October 2004 to advance education and action for sustainable development on university campuses in the northeast and maritime region. Organized around the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, the NECSC members have committed to an annual meeting that advances campus sustainability by providing close networking opportunities, professional development, and access to the area’s vibrant and growing college and university sustainability practitioner community.