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Take the current stickers about saving energy by using the revolving door and add an equation (or 1st/2nd order approximation) of how to calculate the energy saved by using the revolving door based on delta temperature & pressure,...

Jonathan McIndoe Hunt March 13, 2015
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MIT is known as innovative and in the vanguard. Why not have the campus showcase this with 21st-century energy technology? MIT as a microgrid, including thermal, so that MIT can island from the grid, store energy (thermally, in...

Arne Hessenbruch March 13, 2015
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The revolving doors are sometimes locked when I go home from lab late at night or on the weekend. Pushing on the locked doors seems to get me in the habit of not using the revolving doors even during the day when they 'may' be unlocked...

Mark Jacob Goldman March 12, 2015
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Having individual labs and people paying for the energy they consume (with or without a carbon tax) would make people more aware of their energy usage. This would help them consciously reduce their energy usage.

To prevent...

Mark Jacob Goldman March 12, 2015
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Taking a walk past Ashdown in the dead of winter (30F) and you can pick out many open windows in Ashdown. I was first puzzled why people would open the windows, and then I walked into my friend's room and it was hot and stuffy inside...

Mark Jacob Goldman March 12, 2015
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I think a switch to coreless toilet paper would cut down on waste. Most industrial size paper is coreless. They are not individually wrapped which saves on waste. Also, maintenance would not have to replace the rolls as often.

Desiree A Hayes March 12, 2015
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Have a grant for students to actually design and implement a large-scale green project on campus.

Holly R Josephs February 16, 2015
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There are some universities that are stereotypically "green." MIT is not very often considered in this category. We propose adding an optional or mandatory essay/short response on the admissions application regarding sustainability to...

Holly R Josephs February 16, 2015
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Please provide more working water fountains and water bottle filling stations around campus. This will discourage use of single serving bottled water, which is a huge problem for the environment on many fronts. We are so fortunate in...

Nancye Mims January 19, 2015
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MIT is proposing a major new development in Kendall Square. Yet none of the press releases make any mention of any environmental consideration. It may be a long time before old buildings get retrofitted and upgraded but why not make a...

Deborah Douglas December 24, 2014
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