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I have some questions about environment protection since I come to the US. I think these questions also trouble my friends in China.

1. Are throwaway chopsticks or plastic forks contaminating the environment? To what extent do...

Haizheng Zhang November 24, 2014
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Create a "green" score card to encourage and foster innovation and change among MIT's suppliers to be used when sending out requests for proposals and creating contracts. MIT's purchasing power should be used to require its suppliers to...

Kyle Rohm November 24, 2014
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MIT should put some resources behind reducing the amount of disposable paper and plastic that is used in food service, catering, and specials events. If MIT wants to be a leader in climate change and the environment we need to set a...

Peter F Muise November 24, 2014
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MIT can start by better managing our own climate and temperature control. I believe it is a waste of energy to cool down unused spaces. A couple of times I have sent the department of facilities a comment about the extremely cool AC...

Flavia Cardarelli November 24, 2014
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In short: a hackathon event where climate scientists are paired with designers and developers to build media/apps aimed at better communicating the importance and complexity what's going on with climate change to a general audience....

Xiao Xiao November 23, 2014
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So many lights that remain on when I leave MIT while nobody is in those offices or labs.
I think we should use a system that turns off automatically the lights of most of the offices and labs after 8:00 pm.
Of note, people...

November 23, 2014
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As a major Boston area institution and the driver of much of the economic growth of Cambridge, MIT should take strong, focused public positions on the planning and operation of the transportation systems in the region. I believe that...

John P Attanucci November 21, 2014
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While MIT already has a progressive transit benefit policy, I believe much more can be done to discourage driving alone to campus. Important new options include eliminating the "transit or parking" benefit choice by moving towards daily...

John P Attanucci November 21, 2014
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The Koch brothers have a considerable amount of political power, at least in the U.S. Their personal political and business preferences aside, they are known to place a significant amount of import on science (e.g. the Koch Institute...

Michael Lewis November 18, 2014
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Don't just divest from fossil fuels, Invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency, resiliency and local economies! MIT has a great opportunity to Invest in its Kendall Square development by going for Net Zero emissions in its buildings...

Quinton Zondervan November 18, 2014
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