The GSC Sustainability Subcommittee

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About Us

The GSC Sustainability Subcommittee (GSCSS) is a gathering point for climate-conscious, action-driven students to collaborate on implementing sustainable practices on the MIT campus. We collaborate with other student groups and Institute partners across campus to educate, inspire, and engage students in sustainability and advance MIT’s greater Climate Action goals.

The 2018-2019 Sustainability Chairs are Rachel Perlman and Clint Ko. If you have any questions, they can be reached at gsc-sustainability@mit.edu.

How to Join

Sign up and get involved by adding your email here. You will receive occasional notifications about our upcoming meetings and volunteer opportunities. You can also RSVP for our next meeting here. At our group meetings, which are held in 50-220 (GSC Office above Muddy Charles Pub), we discuss our ongoing projects and upcoming events. New members are always welcome, and graduate dorm sustainability chairs are especially encouraged to attend. A free meal is provided, and we encourage you to bring your own plates & utensils.

Share Your Ideas

Have feedback or ideas to share with GSC Sustainability? The best way to do so is to join us at one of our upcoming meetings.  You can also submit feedback to us at any time with this GSC Sustainability Feedback Form

Become a Sustainability Leader

Interested in becoming a GSC Sustainability chair? You can Apply to be a Sustainability Chair here.

Apply for the GSC Sustainability Fund

The GSC Sustainability Fund offers financial support for sustainability-related projects directed at MIT graduate students. To apply, fill out the application form available here.

Applicants must be current MIT graduate students, who may apply individually or on behalf of a student group. Sustainability Fund applications are accepted all year long on a rolling cycle, though it is generally advisable to apply at least three weeks prior to your proposed event/project start date. Funding is typically in the amount of $0-$1000, though exceptions may be made for projects that impact a large portion of the graduate student body. Previously-funded projects include sustainability speaker events, recycling facility tours, composting programs at graduate dorms, community garden spaces, and more.

Please direct any questions to gsc-sustainability-fund@mit.edu.

Current Projects

  • Development of Online Sustainability Training Courses:

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We are developing a series of online sustainability training courses focussed around key topics like recycling/waste disposal and actions for reducing energy consumption and waste production in the laboratory. The first course in the series, Responsible Waste Disposal Practices, was released in August 2017 and is available here. Our second course, Green Labs @ MIT, is scheduled for release in Fall 2018.

  • Reusable Revolution:

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We are spearheading the Reusable Revolution, a series of initiatives aimed at creating a culture of reuse at and beyond MIT. Recent projects have included instituting a Green Line at GSC free-food events for students bringing their own utensils/food containers, a proposal with MIT’s dining vendor to offer reusable bamboo utensils at an affordable price, and negotiations with La Verde’s market in the Student Center for the offering of collapsible food containers and bamboo utensils.

  • Expansion of Trash2Treasure to Graduate Residence Halls:

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We have teamed up with UA Sustainability to expand their Trash2Treasure program to Tang Hall, a mixed undergrad and grad residence hall. This year, we are looking to expand the program further to Sidney-Pacific and Westgate.

Other Initiatives:

  • Increasing availability to high-quality reusables on-campus
  • Designing activities and a social media campaign for MIT One Sustainable World dance party
  • Leading games and activities for families at annual Earth Day Celebration
  • Reducing waste at orientation and MIT events
  • Green Events Guide
  • Advancing compost collection, recycling
  • Reducing waste in graduate dorms and on campus
  • Student Center sustainability
  • Lectures and film screening

Resources

GSC Sustainability Partners:

Non-MIT Resources

Past GSC Sustainability Chairs:

2017-18: Collin Perkinson & Julien Barber

2016-17: Abigail Regitsky & Nicole Moody

2015-16: Alex Tinguely & Josh Hester

2014-15: Cherry Gao & Becky Romatoski

Contact Us

Questions? Email us at gsc-sustainability@mit.edu to find out more information or share your ideas!
You can also stay up to date by joining the mailing list.

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