Idea Bank

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Ban styrofoam on campus. Fairly simple and easy to implement. It can be an add on to other major projects that are being submitted through this Idea Bank.

Jane Fessenden February 15, 2016
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HVAC systems in commercial & academic buildings account for a major portion of the buildings energy use (40-60%+), especially in buildings that include laboratories with fume hoods. A major driver for the amount of HVAC energy...

Michael Gevelber February 12, 2016
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Could Procurement or *the crowd* offer recommendations for purchasing based on sustainability?

For example, does ordering supplies from Staples have a smaller or larger carbon footprint than ordering from Amazon (or is the...

Emily - MIT employee February 11, 2016
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When small groups (labs, offices, etc.) renovate their spaces, furniture is usually discarded via (1) the reuse@mit.edu list, (2) movers who take it to the campus equipment exchange, or (3) the trash (...

Emily - MIT employee February 11, 2016
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Everyday, all across campus, we dispose an inordinate amount of both recyclable and non-recyclable one-time use material at various MIT functions and events, large and small (lunch meetings, seminars, conferences, coffee gatherings, etc...

Bettina Urcuioli February 9, 2016
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Remove the “recycle” bucket in each employees cube and instead, have common, large, recycle bins conveniently located.  This would reduce a) the need for such bins b) free up cubicle space and c) reduce the work for the cleaning person...

Anonymous February 8, 2016
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Maintaining lawn spaces requires energy use (mowing equipment), water (which is often wasted watering sidewalks when jets are aligned properly) and often fertilizers. By opting to plant native plants and flowering shrubs, water use can...

Tara Henrichon February 8, 2016
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The MIT campus has numerous outdoor light fixtures that are of the globe-variety, or that otherwise send a significant portion of the light they create uselessly up into the sky, wasting energy and adding to an already light polluted...

William Popov February 6, 2016
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Help any offices who might be using large bottled water dispensers replace them with a filtered dispenser that is connected to an existing water line. This would eliminate the use of large plastic bottle dispensers and emissions when on...

Hien February 2, 2016
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Highly encourage cafeterias to start charging for disposable plastic forks, spoons, and knifes as well as disposable coffee cups. Encourage people to bring their own silverware and coffee thermos to help reduce really unnecessary waste...

Fernando Madrazo January 27, 2016
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