HCA: Sustainability Subcommittee

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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?

Upcoming Events

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Please see our calendar.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.

GSC Sustainability 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

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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2014/09/07: 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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