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Light pollution causes an unbelievable amount of harm to the environment (energy wasted via stray light), people (increasing risks for obesity, depression, sleep disorders, diabetes, breast cancer from disruption of our circadian rhythm...

Tim Brothers - Wallace Observatory December 2, 2014
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Most MIT buildings have turnstiles and doors. A simple sign encourages people to use the turn-stile because it wastes less energy. If a sensor or even simple counter were installed that calculated how much energy was wasted every day (...

Alex Whigham December 2, 2014
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Despite signage requesting 'green' use of revolving doors instead of the others,
most people use the others. Perhaps lighter revolving doors AND onsite
volunteers directing people to these after the change would together...

Leonard D Katz November 24, 2014
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The concept of using algae + sunlight to deconstruct carbon dioxide in the emissions of existing power plants burning coal or oil seems like a much better idea than compressing, transporting and sequestering it. MIT once had such a...

Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel November 24, 2014
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Since a large portion of the MIT population eats on campus, and since food is one of the choices where we can make a choice that has direct implications about our climate impact, it would be great to have some discussions and better...

Charles I Bosse November 24, 2014
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I have some questions about environment protection since I come to the US. I think these questions also trouble my friends in China.

1. Are throwaway chopsticks or plastic forks contaminating the environment? To what extent do...

Haizheng Zhang November 24, 2014
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Create a "green" score card to encourage and foster innovation and change among MIT's suppliers to be used when sending out requests for proposals and creating contracts. MIT's purchasing power should be used to require its suppliers to...

Kyle Rohm November 24, 2014
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MIT should put some resources behind reducing the amount of disposable paper and plastic that is used in food service, catering, and specials events. If MIT wants to be a leader in climate change and the environment we need to set a...

Peter F Muise November 24, 2014
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MIT can start by better managing our own climate and temperature control. I believe it is a waste of energy to cool down unused spaces. A couple of times I have sent the department of facilities a comment about the extremely cool AC...

Flavia Cardarelli November 24, 2014
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In short: a hackathon event where climate scientists are paired with designers and developers to build media/apps aimed at better communicating the importance and complexity what's going on with climate change to a general audience....

Xiao Xiao November 23, 2014
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