Idea Bank

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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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We have several main composting bins in Stata, Lobby 10, and a few more elsewhere, but having more in strategic locations would be good. Dorms without dining halls, the student center, and department hubs should also be given composting...

Brynna Downey 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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HVAC systems in commercial & academic buildings account for a major portion of the buildings energy use (40-60%+), especially in buildings that include laboratories with fume hoods. A major driver for the amount of HVAC energy...

Michael Gevelber February 12, 2016
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Could Procurement or *the crowd* offer recommendations for purchasing based on sustainability?

For example, does ordering supplies from Staples have a smaller or larger carbon footprint than ordering from Amazon (or is the...

Emily - MIT employee February 11, 2016
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When small groups (labs, offices, etc.) renovate their spaces, furniture is usually discarded via (1) the reuse@mit.edu list, (2) movers who take it to the campus equipment exchange, or (3) the trash (...

Emily - MIT employee February 11, 2016
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The Libraries are planning a remodel of Hayden in the future. I’d like to the Office of Sustainability to have input into the design and implementation of green ideas.

Michelle Miller February 10, 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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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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