Idea Bank

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The idea is to put a tangible price on the value of actions that can have a positive impact on the world beyond our campus.
It is widely recognized that in order to create a level playing field for decision making, it's important...

David L Chandler April 9, 2015
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Disruptions in water systems are a huge element of our changing climate and of the built world's impact on the natural world. However, water is largely taken for granted in the US. The pricing systems for water do not reflect its actual...

David A. Radue April 7, 2015
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As a leader in developing low-carbon energy solutions, MIT should “walk the walk” by demonstrating a commitment to campus sustainability. The Institute should install solar panels on unused rooftops—as many peer institutions already do—...

Jeremy Roger Poindexter April 5, 2015
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Recycling alone won't reduce all of the carbon emissions needed to curb climate change. But scores of low-hanging fruit are going unpicked because many who work around the Institute don't understand how to and/or are not encouraged to...

Maia Weinstock April 1, 2015
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There is a lot that can be done very easily to reduce or eliminate some wasteful emissions in routine campus activities, such as:

eliminate leaf blowers
eliminate police vehicle idling (usually Mass State Police) at all...

Joseph John Laukaitis March 31, 2015
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Take the current stickers about saving energy by using the revolving door and add an equation (or 1st/2nd order approximation) of how to calculate the energy saved by using the revolving door based on delta temperature & pressure,...

Jonathan McIndoe Hunt March 13, 2015
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MIT is known as innovative and in the vanguard. Why not have the campus showcase this with 21st-century energy technology? MIT as a microgrid, including thermal, so that MIT can island from the grid, store energy (thermally, in...

Arne Hessenbruch March 13, 2015
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The revolving doors are sometimes locked when I go home from lab late at night or on the weekend. Pushing on the locked doors seems to get me in the habit of not using the revolving doors even during the day when they 'may' be unlocked...

Mark Jacob Goldman March 12, 2015
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Having individual labs and people paying for the energy they consume (with or without a carbon tax) would make people more aware of their energy usage. This would help them consciously reduce their energy usage.

To prevent...

Mark Jacob Goldman March 12, 2015
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Taking a walk past Ashdown in the dead of winter (30F) and you can pick out many open windows in Ashdown. I was first puzzled why people would open the windows, and then I walked into my friend's room and it was hot and stuffy inside...

Mark Jacob Goldman March 12, 2015
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