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Report Card 2010

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

School details:

  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $8,000 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Enrollment: 10,300

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
B +
MIT has an Environment, Health, and Safety Policy that embraces sustainability principles, a Green Goods Procurement Policy, a Campus Sustainability Program, and a Campus Energy Task Force that works to further develop and implement campus programs focused on conservation, efficiency, and sustainable design. There are three full-time and one part-time sustainability administrators.
An energy project fund at MIT provides capital for students and programs promoting sustainability and efficiency, and GreeningMIT is a new community engagement initiative that works to promote energy conservation and sustainable practices. The institute has supported 26 photovoltaic systems on campus and in the community.
MIT's food service providers source local produce, breads, dairy, honey, and maple syrup. Cage-free eggs, hormone-free meat, and sustainably caught seafood are also available. MIT has a comprehensive recycling program that accepts traditional materials as well as electronic waste and composting, with an overall diversion rate of approximately 40 percent.
MIT's green building policy requires all new construction and major renovations to meet or exceed LEED Silver standards. The Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex achieved LEED Silver certification, and the Stata Center meets Silver-level standards. Three additional buildings under construction are expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.
All new students receive a guidebook to sustainability at MIT. The student group Sustainability@MIT organizes speaker and sustainability projects. Projects in the past year focused on energy audits and efficiency, green purchasing, and a sustainability summit. There are 17 environmental groups on campus.
MIT subsidizes the purchase of public transportation and commuter train passes for students and employees. The institute has a bike-sharing program and partners with a car-sharing service, through which a hybrid option is available. MIT's fleet includes a range of alternative-fuel vehicles, and a student-run biodiesel processor is providing fuel from waste vegetable oil.
The MIT Corporation makes neither a list of endowment holdings nor its shareholder voting record public. This information is available only to select trustees and senior administrators.
The MIT Corporation aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds and community development loan funds. The corporation uses established guidelines to make investment decisions with regard to environmental and sustainability factors.
For complicated or new issues, the MIT Corporation convenes the Advisory Committee for Shareholder Responsibility, made up of two trustees, two faculty members, two staff, and two students, to make recommendations on broad policy questions, including proxy voting guidelines.
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