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On a tour of MIT's nuclear research reactor as part of the 2014 Aero & Astro Department centennial, I was told that the reactor produces about 6 megawatts thermal during operation and that proposals had been made in the past to use...

Arnold Reinhold May 4, 2015
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Enable students and faculty to study buildings, their operation, and the behavior of their occupants by funding and enabling implementation of Internet of Things in selected buildings. This will lead to exploration of many domains...

John Carlton-Foss May 1, 2015
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Life Cycle Planning with Internalization of Externalities has been taught at MIT for decades. It is now time to execute this approach within campus operations as a part of the educational process. This will demonstrate to world...

John Carlton-Foss May 1, 2015
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Open the doors in a disciplined way to become a, or the, key forum for discussion of climate change issues in the United States, or perhaps in the world. This involves a range of actions. For example, alum such as John Holdren could...

John Carlton-Foss May 1, 2015
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141 nations have signed on to the Copenhagen Accord, signaling their intention to prevent “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system” by “hold[ing] the increase in global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius”.

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Patrick Richard Brown April 30, 2015
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The geologic record shows that sea level is dynamic. 3 million years ago it was as much as 30 meters higher than it is today. There is increasing evidence from Antarctica and Greenland that very large glacial tracks will move into the...

David A. Radue April 30, 2015
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Big changes are coming to urban transit and MIT could take a lead role in moving the world to a green transit system -- and away from cars.  A bill -- S.1837 -- is now in the joint Transportation Committee and passing it into law would...

Mike Stanley, TransitX, Move To Zero bill April 28, 2015
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I think the best way to make an impact is to keep climate change on the forefront of people's minds throughout the day so they can no longer ignore it. We can do this by making the MIT campus more sustainable. We should ban plastic bags...

Aliza Abraham April 28, 2015
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Consider more sustainable options as alternatives to paper towels, which are widely used in MIT's academic buildings.

Julia E Page April 28, 2015
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One thing that I've found a little disheartening about MIT in relation to climate change is that there's not as much interest or activism on campus as one might hope, given our status as a leading scientific institution.

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Rose Lenehan April 28, 2015
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