HCA: Sustainability Subcommittee

About Us|Green Team|Upcoming Events|Get Involved|Useful Links|Past Events|Event Calendar


About Us

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In 2010-2011, the Graduate Student Council initiated a Sustainability Task Force to think strategically about how we as an organization can contribute to a sustainable future. The Task Force culminated in a report, which was presented at the May, 2011, General Council Meeting.
In response to the report, and in light of a general commitment to advancing sustainability within the organization and across MIT, the GSC has announced the creation of a Sustainability Subcommittee. Unfortunately during 2011-2013 year, the committee ceased to exist with leadership. But we’re back in the swing of things now with Becky Romatoski and Caroline Howe bringing the committee back to life in 2013. Becky Romatoski and Cherry Gao are the current committee co-chairs.

If you’re interested in sustainability we’d love to hear your ideas and get your help on projects and initiatives. Email us at gsc-sustainability[at]mit[dot]edu or sign-up for the committee by joining the mailing list.


  • Annual Bike Fest
  • Earth Week Activities (Watch 2014 Video of Public Waste Audit of W20!)
  • Green Team
  • Green Events Guide
  • Tech Trash Trendsetters (Use & Signage of Waste Bins)
  • Furniture Donation & Reuse
  • Coordination with Graduate Dorm Environment/Sustainability Chairs
  • Greening Orientation 2015 – Lead Needed
  • What you are interested in can go here!

But let’s start to think big too! Green Revolving Loan Fund? Improve/Replace leaking windows? Reduce heating and cooling energy use?

Committee Co-Chairs (2014-2015):

Cherry and Becky at the People's Climate March in New York City, September 2014.
Cherry & Becky at the People’s Climate March in New York City, September 2014.

Cherry Gao
2nd year PhD student
Department of Biological Engineering

Becky Romatoski
3rd year PhD student
Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Green Team

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Are you planning an event for graduate students?
The GSC Sustainability Green Team can help you make your event more environmentally friendly!

Hosting an event with sustainability in mind would be great for publicity, as well as for the planet.

What we offer:
We provide resources and guidance (in person or over email/phone) on how to host a sustainable event.
Examples of what resources we can provide you with:

  • A list of sustainably-minded caterers
  • Contact information of people on campus who would be helpful to you
  • How to get compostable dishware and compost collection at your event
  • Alternatives to single-serve water bottles
  • How to advertise your sustainable events

Unfortunately, we cannot provide financial assistance. However, we are able to advise you on where you might get additional funding, or what you could do within your budget to host as sustainable an event as possible.

If you would like to request our help with planning your event, or have question, please contact us at gsc-sustainability-greenteam@mit.edu ! The earlier you contact us in your event planning stage, the better.

Green team picture for the website

Upcoming Events

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Next GSC Sustainability Subcommittee Meeting

Our first meeting of the year will be on Tuesday Feb 10, 2015 at 5-6PM in 50-220 (GSC Office above Muddy Charles Pub)! We will discuss goals for the new semester and Earth Week 2015. Dinner will be provided.
Please RSVP here.
Last meeting minutes (from 12/2/2014) here.
Enjoy your holidays!

GSC Sustainability Fund

The GSC Sustainability Fund provide grants to graduate students and groups who are keen to champion an activity or lead an action that directly aids towards making the MIT campus clean, environmentally benign and resource efficient. Both student groups and individuals can apply for events or activities aimed at campus sustainability initiatives. Applications will open in March for the April 1 – June 30, 2015 funding period. Please keep checking the GSC Sustainability Fund website for updates, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the funding committee at gsc-sustainability-fund@mit.edu.

Earth Week 2015

MIT Earth Week in April 2015 is an action-packed week of events organized in collaboration with interested individuals and sustainability groups on campus. If you are interested in helping us organize MIT Earth Week 2015, please contact us at gsc-sustainability@mit.edu . We would love to have you on our planning committee! Here is the event calendar from last year’s MIT Earth Week.

Please see our calendar for more events. Event Calendar

Get Involved

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Email us at gsc-sustainability[at]mit[dot]edu with ideas.
Sign-up for the committee by joining the mailing list.

Useful Links

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Existing sustainability-minded groups:

Non-MIT Resources

      • Freecycle
      • Craigslist
      • Goodwill
      • Live in Cambridge? Then you should read this.
      • and many more!

Past Events

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12/03/2014: Marine Plastic Pollution Seminar with Dr. Marcus Eriksen

We packed the auditorium (with more than 90 people) for a special seminar on marine plastic pollution with Dr. Marcus Eriksen, the co-founder of 5 Gyres Institute. This seminar was organized in collaboration with the Sloan Sustainability Initiative, MIT Office of Sustainability, MIT Water Club, Sustainability Club, and the Waste Alliance.
MIT Sustainability Office article

09/07/2014: Bike Fest 2014!

On Sunday, September 7 (2-5pm), MIT PN2K and GSC Sustainability will be partnering with MIT PTO, Hubway, Whole Foods, MIT Facilities, and WMBR to throw a festival for MIT bike riders, both new and experienced!


Check out some of the awesome things planned:

      • Basic tune-ups
      • Change a Flat Demo
      • Bike safety resources
      • Bike registration
      • Raffle prizes
      • DJ/Music
      • Food

Interested in participating in the Treasure Hunt?*
*The Treasure Hunt is a free guided bike tour on Hubway with limited spots!
Must Pre-register here!

Interested in volunteering at the Bike Fest?
Sign up here!

Event Calendar

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