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MIT should implement a financial incentive to reduce the carbon footprint of different groups/rooms by taxing them for their electricity use, waste generation, etc. This is often suggested as the best way to reduce nation-wide emissions...

Aliza Opila Abraham May 22, 2015
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Have every aspect of MIT's activities connected to the sustainability initiative. The campus should be designed to show off that MIT cares about and acts on sustainability. Campus operations should deal openly with the immense challenge...

Arne Hessenbruch May 19, 2015
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Most of the information about MIT's energy usage and plans on its web site are out of date. Many of the pages were written in 2010 or 2012 and some describe programs that should have completed by now. Also much of the information is...

Arnold Reinhold May 10, 2015
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With the new MIT.nano building, MIT's energy consumption will increase significantly. MIT could try to either purchase green energy, or itself contribute to a solar/wind farm to try to minimize the CO2 footprint of this new building....

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero May 7, 2015
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There have been on and off proposals to utilize the Grand Junction Railroad tracks that run through the MIT campus for commuter rail service from North Station to the western suburbs. This might be done in conjunction with a proposed...

Arnold Reinhold May 4, 2015
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On a tour of MIT's nuclear research reactor as part of the 2014 Aero & Astro Department centennial, I was told that the reactor produces about 6 megawatts thermal during operation and that proposals had been made in the past to use...

Arnold Reinhold May 4, 2015
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Enable students and faculty to study buildings, their operation, and the behavior of their occupants by funding and enabling implementation of Internet of Things in selected buildings. This will lead to exploration of many domains...

John Carlton-Foss May 1, 2015
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Life Cycle Planning with Internalization of Externalities has been taught at MIT for decades. It is now time to execute this approach within campus operations as a part of the educational process. This will demonstrate to world...

John Carlton-Foss May 1, 2015
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Open the doors in a disciplined way to become a, or the, key forum for discussion of climate change issues in the United States, or perhaps in the world. This involves a range of actions. For example, alum such as John Holdren could...

John Carlton-Foss May 1, 2015
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141 nations have signed on to the Copenhagen Accord, signaling their intention to prevent “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system” by “hold[ing] the increase in global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius”.

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Patrick Richard Brown April 30, 2015
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