Idea Bank

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MIT is a leader in research, and is working to develop many low-carbon technologies that will help us address climate change. However, there is so much more that it can be doing on campus to use energy more efficiently and reduce waste...

Amy Plovnick November 14, 2014
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Boston Public Radio currently plays "Think about it" ads, which claim fracking is actually good for the environment, and NPR just cut their climate reporting staff by 80%. More disturbing still, David Koch is on the board of...

Madeleine Sheldon-Dante November 13, 2014
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Prominent on climatechange.mit.edu are big bold letters saying MIT gets 60% of it's electricity from the MIT co-gen plant. Our campus needs to transition to zero carbon, thus we need to put up solar panels on our rooftops and implement...

Rebecca Rose Romatoski November 13, 2014
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Retrofit all building fluorescent lights with LED tube lights which are getting lower in price, have a better color temperature and are much lower in energy consumption. Besides they last far longer (~10 years) thus saving on...

Tim Meyer November 13, 2014
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In campus buildings where thermostats cannot be adjusted, too many people wear sweaters indoors in summer because of heavy air conditioning, and open dorm windows in winter because it's too hot. Why can't temperatures be adjusted to mid...

Debbie Levey November 12, 2014
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I live in Random Hall, where the radiators were just turned on-- while heating in dorms is generally bad and cranked up way too high, Random's especially bad. We have old radiators that are either on or questionably off, and the heat...

Katherine A Tatar November 12, 2014
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Each day, the MIT campus is visited by hundreds of visitors from all over the world. We have one chance to make a lasting first impression, and to demonstrate that we are a leader in sustainability and climate change mitigation. I...

Cherry Gao November 12, 2014
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Adding a composting program around campus could be a low cost community engagement exercise. Currently there are only a few places on campus where this is possible, making it very difficult for other folks who want to do it. If you had...

Lourdes M. Aleman November 12, 2014
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I propose MIT divests from fossil fuel companies. It is not right to invest in companies who go against the betterment of humanity, who knowingly perpetuate their industry even though it is destroying the planet, decimating species, and...

Rebecca Rose Romatoski November 12, 2014
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There should be more availability for students and faculty to compost their organic material in offices and labs. Composting buckets come in a variety of sizes and can be monitored either by an environmentally focused student group or...

Jessie Pearl November 11, 2014
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