Sustainability

With a comprehensive commitment to sustainability across 11 areas of impact and a focus on becoming a zero-carbon campus, MIT is committed to leadership in sustainability and tackling climate change.

  • 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 2020, MIT reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by a total of 24%, taking into account the purchase of solar power from Summit Farms in North Carolina.
  • The Access MIT program provides generous subsidies for staff, faculty, and postdocs for low-carbon commuting—including subway, bus, bicycling, and commuter rail—resulting in a nearly 15% decrease in parking at gated facilities on campus between 2016 and 2020.
  • MIT sponsors four Bluebike stations on campus, with a total of 106 docks. The MIT community completed more than 222,650 bike share trips in 2019.
  • New construction and major renovation projects on campus aim to meet the national LEED Gold (version 4) certification standard. To date, MIT has completed 18 LEED projects, including two LEED Platinum projects.

MIT continues to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions while using the campus as a test bed for sustainability innovation and education. More than two dozen offices, programs, and initiatives at MIT work 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 community groups also contribute significantly to sustainability work, with no fewer than 20 student- and staff-led groups advocating for and advancing climate change solutions. Recurring initiatives of the Graduate Student Council and Undergraduate Association’s committees on sustainability and the staff Working Green Committee include a monthly Choose to Reuse swapfest and hackathons that engage students, industry, and thought partners in finding real-life solutions to sustainability challenges.

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.

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. The Institute also partners with the cities of Cambridge and Boston to develop sustainability solutions for MIT and the world, and is a member of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission.