Sustainability

  • In 2015, MIT set a goal to reduce its campus greenhouse gas emissions by at least 32% below 2014 levels by 2030 and to strive to reach carbon neutrality as soon as possible.
  • From 2014 through 2019, MIT reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by a total of 18%, taking into account the purchase of solar power from Summit Farms.
  • Through its Access MIT program, the Institute provides generous subsidies for low-carbon commuting—including subway, bus, bicycling, and commuter rail—which has resulted in a 12% decrease in parking at gated facilities on campus.
  • MIT sponsors four Bluebike stations on campus, with a total of 106 docks. The MIT community has completed more than 787,000 bike share trips since 2017.
  • New construction and major renovation projects on campus aim to meet the national LEED Gold (version 4) certification standard. To date, MIT has completed 12 LEED projects on campus, ranging from residence halls to renovations in the Main Group.
  • In 2019, MIT created a pollinator-attracting sustainability garden with plants to support birds, bees, moths, and butterflies that are beneficial to our local ecosystems.
  • An Environment and Sustainability Minor offers undergraduates an opportunity to delve into interdisciplinary coursework and investigations into real-world challenges facing people and the planet.

MIT is committed to leadership in sustainability and strong climate action at the local level, making strides to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the MIT campus, using the campus itself as a test bed for sustainability innovation and education, and partnering with the cities of Cambridge and Boston.

MIT has many offices, programs, and initiatives working to address sustainability and climate change issues, including the MIT Office of Sustainability, the Environmental Solutions Initiative, the MIT Energy Initiative, and the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab.

MIT also has a vibrant ecosystem of student and staff groups promoting sustainability on campus, including the Graduate Student Council and Undergraduate Association's committees on sustainability as well as the staff Working Green Committee. Initiatives range from the monthly Choose to Reuse swapfest to hackathons that engage students, industry, and thought partners in finding real-life solutions to sustainability challenges.

As a founding member of the Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future, MIT works with Cambridge, Harvard University, and more than 15 local businesses and organizations to achieve a more healthy, livable, and sustainable future. MIT is also a member of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission.

In 2019, MIT received two awards for its work in sustainability: the Henry P. Kendall Foundation’s 2019 New England Food Vision Prize and the Norman B. Leventhal Excellence in City Building Awards 2019 Environment Award.