Idea Bank

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On campus the "workday" isn't as well defined, but in some of the labs there is a notion of end of day checks that are already done. We should add some component of trying to reduce energy waste to these checks. Make sure that lab...

Erik S. Wile April 27, 2015
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There are hundreds of great proposals in this Idea Bank, from campus efficiency improvements and broadly impactful educational initiatives, to defending climate science and engaging with policymakers, to bold paradigm-shifting...

Patrick Richard Brown April 27, 2015
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The arguments for fossil fuel divestment - presented in other proposals in this Idea Bank, and delivered convincingly at the Divestment Debate - are convincing, and campus support seems overwhelming. Assuming MIT will do the right thing...

Patrick Richard Brown April 27, 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”.

I...

Patrick Richard Brown April 27, 2015
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Though I lack the details of cost that MIT and Lincoln laboratory pay for electricity, it would seem that Solarcity's microgrid services could be a viable solution to MIT's power consumption. Since Solarcity supplies the panels, there...

Tadd B Hughes April 27, 2015
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The idea is to put a tangible price on the value of actions that can have a positive impact on the world beyond our campus.
It is widely recognized that in order to create a level playing field for decision making, it's important...

David L Chandler April 9, 2015
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Disruptions in water systems are a huge element of our changing climate and of the built world's impact on the natural world. However, water is largely taken for granted in the US. The pricing systems for water do not reflect its actual...

David A. Radue April 7, 2015
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As a leader in developing low-carbon energy solutions, MIT should “walk the walk” by demonstrating a commitment to campus sustainability. The Institute should install solar panels on unused rooftops—as many peer institutions already do—...

Jeremy Roger Poindexter April 5, 2015
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Recycling alone won't reduce all of the carbon emissions needed to curb climate change. But scores of low-hanging fruit are going unpicked because many who work around the Institute don't understand how to and/or are not encouraged to...

Maia Weinstock April 1, 2015
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There is a lot that can be done very easily to reduce or eliminate some wasteful emissions in routine campus activities, such as:

eliminate leaf blowers
eliminate police vehicle idling (usually Mass State Police) at all...

Joseph John Laukaitis March 31, 2015
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