About Us

The purpose of the GSC Sustainability Subcommittee is to cultivate sustainable behaviors and systems in the graduate community and throughout MIT. We collaborate with representatives from the graduate dorms and other sustainability-minded groups at MIT (including the UA Sustainability Committee,  MIT Department of Facilities, and several MIT clubs) to educate, inform, inspire, and lead changes.

  • Earth Week activities (Watch 2014 Video of Public Waste Audit of W20!)
  • Greening 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 screenings
  • Your ideas are welcome!

Committee Co-Chairs (2015-2016):

Alex Tinguely (left)
2nd year PhD student
Department of Physics
Josh Hester (right)
3rd year PhD student
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Green Team

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! The earlier you contact us in your event planning stage, the better.


GSC Sustainability Subcommittee Meetings

Our meetings happen bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 5-6PM in 50-220 (GSC Office above Muddy Charles Pub). At our meetings, we discuss and update each other on ongoing projects and upcoming events. New members are always welcome, and graduate dorm sustainability chairs are especially encouraged to attend. Vegetarian dinners are provided (we encourage you to bring your own plates & utensils).


GSC Sustainability Fund

The GSC Sustainability Fund provides grants to graduate students and groups who are keen to organize an event or lead an action that helps MIT move towards a clean, environmentally benign and resource efficient campus. Both student groups and individuals can apply for events or activities aimed at campus sustainability initiatives. In the past, we have funded sustainability speaker events, recycling facilities tours, and composting programs at graduate dorms. Application deadlines and funding periods are posted on the GSC Sustainability Fund website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the funding committee at


Contact us

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



Existing sustainability-minded groups:

Non-MIT Resources

and many more!


Featured Past Events

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. See the report.

09/07/2014: Bike Fest 2014!
On Sunday, September 7 (2-5pm), MIT PN2K and GSC Sustainability partnered with MIT PTO, Hubway, Whole Foods, MIT Facilities, and WMBR. We threw a festival for MIT bike riders, both new and experienced! See the report.

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