Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Julie Newman
Submission Date Oct. 23, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 MIT Office of Sustainability
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Ivy Plus Sustainability Consortium


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) Annual Conference (sustainability change management & living laboratory program development)

AASHE Annual Conference (sustainable transportation systems/commuting; climate resiliency planning)

World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U) Annual Conference (Designing Tomorrow’s Campus: Resiliency, Vulnerability, and Adaptation)

GreenBuild (Sustainable design and solar power purchase agreements)

Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (commuter choice programs; climate resiliency planning)


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Center for Resource Solutions - 2017 Green Power Leadership Award Winners

2017 GPLA Winner Descriptions

CRS Market Development Awards: Green Power Market Development
A Better City

A Better City is a game-changing facilitator of renewable energy projects. The business-membership association developed a plan to aggregate the electricity demand of a consortium of its members—Including MIT and the Boston Medical Center—to enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA). This catalyzed a three-partner aggregation that resulted in the development of a new 60MW solar farm in North Carolina, lowering costs and providing renewable energy to previously excluded organizations. A Better City continues to champion renewable energy among its members and is currently working to replicate (and, hopefully, grow upon) this successful initiative among a new group of our members.

https://resource-solutions.org/programs/gpla/2017-winners/


Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future (Board Member, Executive Committee)
International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) (Advisory Committee member; Co-chair of working group)
Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (Steering Committee)
World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (Advisory Committee)
Ivy Plus Sustainability Consortium (Executive Committee, Working Group Chair)


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

The Director of the Office of Sustainability works with many universities in a mentor relationship throughout the world and has supported the launch of many Sustainability Programs.

Examples of colleges and universities that seek input include Wellsley, Babcock, Smith to international institutions including Gottenburg, TU Delph, University of Hamburg.


Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the peer review activities:

MIT's Director of Sustainability has peer-reviewed (among others) several Princeton University sustainability efforts including organizational design, data collection, etc.


Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

MIT has engaged in collaborative efforts with its peer institutions in the Ivy Plus Sustainability Consortium focused on collective problem solving, data collection and peer benchmarking, organizational change, etc.
MIT has engaged in collaborative planning with local univerisities and businessed on climate resiliency planning, through the Cambridge Compact and other mechanisms.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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