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Report Card 2011

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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B+
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

School details:

Endowment: $8,152 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)

 

Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.

 

Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

 
Overall grade  
B +
MIT's master plan, strategic plan, and sustainability policies commit the institute to environmental stewardship in campus operations, research, and education. The Campus Energy Task Force, which includes three students, has implemented multiple energy conservation and efficiency efforts. MIT's sustainability programs employ multiple staff, and the institute purchases energy-efficient appliances and postconsumer recycled paper products.
MIT aims to reduce electricity use by 15 percent over the next three years. Numerous energy efficiency measures have been implemented, including energy management systems, lighting retrofits, and a cogeneration facility. Four solar arrays generate renewable energy on campus.
Dining services spends approximately 16 percent of its budget on local products. Organic, fair trade, containment-free, grass-fed, and hormone- and antibiotic-free food products are also purchased. Students receive coffee discounts for using a mug, and both pre- and postconsumer food scraps are composted. All traditional materials and most electronics are collected for recycling.
MIT mandates that all new construction and major renovations meet at least LEED Silver standards. There are two LEED-certified buildings on campus, including new LEED Gold-certified Ashdown Residence Hall. Low-flow faucets and showerheads have been installed in all buildings to reduce water use.
There are more than 15 environmental groups on campus. Student coordinators of the Dorm Energy Competition, which saved 262,414 kilowatt-hours of electricity, installed web-based electric meter-reading in 9 buildings on campus to display real-time energy consumption. The MIT Energy Club organizes programming to educate students about the energy industry.
MIT subsidizes public transportation and commuter train passes for students and employees. Parking discounts are offered to carpoolers, and the institute runs car-sharing and bike-sharing programs. The school's motor fleet includes a range of alternative-fuel vehicles.
The MIT Corporation makes only asset allocation information available to the public and sends it upon request. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is made available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community.
The corporation aims to optimize investment returns 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. Donors can request that gifts be directed into sustainable and socially responsible investment options.
For complicated or new issues, the corporation convenes the Advisory Committee for Shareholder Responsibility to make recommendations on broad policy questions, including proxy voting guidelines. The committee includes two trustees, two faculty members, two staff, and two students.
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