Idea Bank

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Using water for cleaning oneself after using the washroom is something that is prevalent in may other countries Europe and Asia. However, USA has not changed at all from using paper towels. MIT can set an example by installing bidets in...

Divya Panchanathan April 8, 2016
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The Lobby 7 entrance from Mass Ave is one of MIT's highest traffic and most visible doorways. If that rule of thumb about revolving doors wasting 1/8 the energy of old-school swinging doors is real, then a high-throughput revolving...

Curt Newton March 2, 2016
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Creating biodiesel generates glycerol as a by-product, which can then be used to make homemade soap! Loyola University Chicago has their campus vehicles (like MIT shuttles) running off homemade biofuel and all their soap is created on...

Andy Trattner February 15, 2016
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From the food trucks to the retail dining at W20, most of them use styrofoam boxes as the packages of our lunch. When there are other alternative materials for lunch boxes, we still keep using styrofoam what cannot be composed or...

Ju February 15, 2016
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So many people don't recycle stuff in their own rooms, and it's a pain to go out to the main lounge's recycling bins all the time. It seems that it would be pretty simple to paint half of the trash cans blue (at least in...

Abigail February 15, 2016
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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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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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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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There are several activities toward green culture around the campus. But lets remember the damage of an environmentally-unfriendly minimalist is still much less than an environmentally-friendly consumerist.
As a foreign student at...

Pouya Samani, ESD (MIT Portugal) January 29, 2016
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The program should eventually be run campus-wide, but run a pilot to first sort out the logistics and garner additional support:

1) Establish a recycling committee for 3 buildings (classrooms, labs, dormitory).
2) Conduct a...

Jennifer Hiser January 26, 2016
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