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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Incorporate the carbon/environmental footprint into the price of food in retail dining locations, e.g., increase the price of meat options relative to vegetable options. Use the increased price on meat to subsidize local/low-carbon...

Amy Gobel February 28, 2016
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MIT's alumni are an incredible resource - living in geographies around the world, working across a variety of industries and sectors, they are a scientifically informed, pragmatic community of leaders. Let's mobilize them to...

Jason Jay February 22, 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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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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Remove the “recycle” bucket in each employees cube and instead, have common, large, recycle bins conveniently located.  This would reduce a) the need for such bins b) free up cubicle space and c) reduce the work for the cleaning person...

Anonymous February 8, 2016
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Maintaining lawn spaces requires energy use (mowing equipment), water (which is often wasted watering sidewalks when jets are aligned properly) and often fertilizers. By opting to plant native plants and flowering shrubs, water use can...

Tara Henrichon February 8, 2016
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Offices that have a Keurig machine, and use it regularly, should look into the idea of buying reusable k-cups inserts for their employees. Instead of using hundreds of the little plastic k-cups, that go right into a landfill, using a...

Mackenzie Wise February 8, 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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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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