Be a leading force in sustainability, spread environmental awareness, and inspire community action.
Are you passionate about sustainability? Do you want to collaborate with people like you to make MIT a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable campus?
As a member of UA Sustainability, you will:
Zero Waste seeks to reduce waste in the MIT community by educating our peers about composting and recycling, and spreading more sustainable habits regarding waste. Specifically, we work to facilitate composting within MIT living groups and the community at large, as well as publicize reusable options, and raise awareness about proper sorting of compost and recycling. We envision an MIT community with a heightened consciousness about mindful consumption of resources, in addition to practical know-how and support of composting and recycling programs.
Our ongoing projects include:
Launched in summer 2013, this committee was formerly the Composting Committee, which helped to implement food waste collection in the dining halls, Stata, the student centers, some non-dining hall dorms, and throughout the infinite. They also have vermicompost that helps fertilize the Undergraduate Garden.
We are grateful for the continued support of MIT Facilities, and will support their efforts in any way we can.
UA Sustain's Special Projects is a subcommittee dedicated to piloting new sustainable ventures at MIT and creating initiatives of interdisciplinary natures that don’t fit well into the work of just one—or any—other subcommittee.
Currently, our subcommittee has four active projects:
The Garden committee is dedicated to improving access to locally sourced, organic food at MIT. We created and continue to maintain the undergraduate community garden, where members of the MIT community can come and exercise their green thumbs to grow their own food.
From its foundation in 2013 by Holly Josephs, ’17, the garden has been transformed from a piece of parking lot into a thriving, productive community garden. We hope to reach out to the community so that everyone can have a chance to try gardening. Come visit us across the street from Next and Westgate!
If you own a succulent, check out Garden's guide to keeping your succulents happy here!
The Outreach committee organizes individual and small team-based projects for those with a passion in sustainability. These projects are fast-paced and self-motivated. For many projects, we collaborate with people in a variety of networks, from MIT’s environmental groups to those in the Greater Boston area.
The Trashion Show is an annual fashion show that challenges student designers from MIT and other Boston-area universities to create fashion pieces from trash and recycled materials in order to raise awareness for sustainable practices on campus, as well as in the global fashion industry.
We invite guest lecturers from industry, nonprofits, and academia to discuss how they integrate sustainability into their work. We promote sustainable organizations by providing sustainable catering and raffling prizes by green companies. Most importantly, we entertain a diverse audience with creative perspectives on sustainability.
See pictures from our past Trashion Shows!
Piloted in 2013 in Maseeh, Burton-Conner, and Next House, this project strives to reduce MIT’s impact on the landfill as well as discourage students from purchasing brand new dorm accessories when they could be reusing old ones.
Trash2Treasure is an annual program that takes one student's trash and turns it into another student's treasure. At the end of second semester, many students throw out room accessories, clothes and shoes that they no longer have use for. If left alone, all these items just land in the trash. Trash2Treasure intervenes at this point and collects all the items that are still useable and stores them to sell at the beginning of the next year. We redirect the flow of pounds of trash and turn them into useful posessions for other people.
It can be difficult to tell if what you're about to throw away is actually recyclable or compostable at MIT. Fear not! Check out our chart for Recycling, Composting and Trash at MIT!
You may also find this page put together by the MIT Department of Facilities to be a useful resource.
Holding an event with food? Consider using the following resources!
Have a student at your event who's paid to make sure everyone at your event recycles and composts correctly. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information!
Borrow reusable dishware from MIT Dining for free using this form (to be updated). Your group only has to worry about pick-up and return and MIT Dining staff will take care of all the rest!.
Want to learn more about how to lead a sustainable lifestyle? Check out our sustainable tips for how to have an impact this winter.
Thinking about which restaurant to order food from? See our Sustainable Restaurant List for a list of some restaurants that use compostable materials and/or serve sustainable food!
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Paper, Plastic and More! ReuseThisBag.com
In Spring 2016, UA Sustainability conducted a survey, aiming to understand MIT undergraduates’ approach to sustainability with data driven analysis. View the report here.
If you have trouble figuring out where waste materials go especially on MIT's campus, we also encourage you to take this 10-minute Atlas course! Be sure about where everything you throw away actually goes!
We are a group of dedicated undergraduates who are passionate
about making MIT a more sustainable place!
We welcome feedback on how we can make MIT a greener space and further engage the student body to develop sustainable habits. Please leave your comments and suggestions in the form below. You can also reach us at email@example.com