Urban Living Lab Learning is a place-based research platform that utilizes the college campus as a test-bed for innovation and the co-production of knowledge. The living lab concept may be thought of as a variant of the experiential learning model that involves concrete experience followed by observation, reflection and the formation of new concepts and testing in new situations.
The MIT Office of Sustainability launched on a platform that utilizes the campus as a test bed and incubator for sustainability in an effort to transform the campus into a powerful model that generates new and proven ways of responding to the challenges of our changing planet.
By leveraging the campus as a test bed for sustainability - faculty, staff, students and researchers alike are able to grapple with sustainability challenges at the local level as they seek to solve for them globally. Moreover, our staff provide access and insight to these everyday challenges in the process.
MIT has embraced a unique place-based research platform that utilizes the college campus as a test-bed for innovation and the co-production of knowledge. The living lab concept may be thought of as a variant of the experiential learning model that involves concrete experience followed by observation, reflection and the formation of new concepts and testing in new situations.
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This course engages a team of multi-disciplinary faculty representing the five schools at MIT to bring their knowledge and expertise to bear upon solving for Carbon Neutrality at MIT. The course is managed by two co-instructors; Tim Gutowski, Professor Mechanical Engineering, and Julie Newman, Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Director of the Office of Sustainability at MIT. The course content is provided by invited MIT faculty via lectures, readings and discourse, as well as staff experts, responsible for the operational management of MIT, and relevant State and local officials.
Solving for carbon neutrality at MIT requires a deep understanding of technology options, and human behaviors, as well as regional, state and municipal energy production and distribution systems, economic frameworks and policy. The course is designed for students to consider the local, state, regional and national context of solving for carbon neutrality to inform the development of the pathways they design. The course leverages the MIT campus as a test bed for understanding climate adaptation and mitigation in this context. Learn More.
The Campus Sustainability Incubator Fund seeks to enable MIT community members 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 Lab-o-rama is a unique poster event designed to showcase and share the stories of research using the MIT Campus as a Test Bed. The events featured the work of diverse research teams including operational, academic and external partners and include live demonstrations, models, simulations and other hands-on activities.
Learn more about the phenomena of lablet-ing; a term for short-term experiments, pilots and micro-research projects that utilize the MIT campus as a test bed.
Lablet-ing represents an important opportunity to explore innovation strategies within the context of real-world environments, to construct new knowledge and to test scalability strategies.
Profiles of students, staff and faculty and staff who are utilizing the MIT Campus as a Test bed for innovation. Learn about important work and big ideas from those who are on the front line lines of campus-based inquiry.
A simulation based technique to predict the amount of electricity yield from arbitrarily placing solar PV's anywhere in the world using the City of Cambridge as an example.
United under the Sustainability Incubator Fund, researchers strategize sustainable sourcing solution for crises at the local and global level.
Device Research Lab and CSAIL. With MIT Green Labs seed funding, the team developed a lab-wide wireless energy monitoring system.
UMI is a design environment for architects and urban planners interested in modeling the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities.
A collaborative project between the Office of Sustainability, Undergraduate Association Committee on Sustainability (UA Sustain), and MIT Grounds Services.
Technology captures water evaporating from cooling towers; prototype installed on MIT’s Central Utility Plant.
Danielle Dahan received MIT Sustainability Incubator funding to analyze the effectiveness of fault detection and diagnostics systems using the campus as a testbed.
The Department of Facilities works directly with researchers to implement sustainability projects on campus
The MIT Transit Lab has been an essential partner, combining research with operational thought-leadership on sustainable commuting options.
Researchers in the Joint Program are actively mapping potential flooding on campus.
Channels MIT’s unique culture to create solutions to environmental challenges through activities in education, research, and convening.
The challenges of sustainability are both local and global. Creating transformative solutions requires deep collaboration among community leaders and members on campus, city and global scales.
We start with you to find solutions at the campus level to serve both the institution's needs as well as to incubate new and big ideas.