Idea Bank

"By focusing widely different minds on the broad challenge of climate change, the campus-wide conversation will help us choose a path of action to drive real progress."

– President L. Rafael Reif

The Climate Change Conversation is grateful to the MIT community for its feedback and input throughout the academic year. Thanks to you, MIT was able to collect a repository of bold new ideas for climate action at MIT.  This approach allowed us, as a community, to identify a broad spectrum of action items; estimate the effectiveness of each action in addressing the problem; and determine how our Institute can most effectively drive forward the national and global agendas on climate change.

We have considered actions at all levels: from new educational initiatives at MIT and via its edX megaphone, to new opportunities for research that capitalize and expand on MIT’s presence in the field, to improvements to campus infrastructure and operations aimed at reducing MIT’s own carbon footprint, to leveraging MIT’s visibility to drive more effective policy. We look forward to this Conversation as a catalyst for original ideas, debate, and sound analysis.

To see an indexed list of all ideas submitted during the open comment period:  

faculty & staff, and
alumni have joined the conversation.

Idea Bank Categories

We’ve provided some suggested categories to begin organizing the Conversation. These are suggestions, not limitations, and the Committee will welcome any and all ideas.

Campus Operations

How can MIT reduce the carbon footprint related to its campus operations, transforming it into a replicable role model for sustainable and resilient urban infrastructure?


How could MIT address the climate change threat through the management of its financial affairs, including divestment, the structure of financial assets, prioritization in fund raising including in the capital campaign, the internal funding of research, allocation of student aid, or other measures?


What role should MIT play in educating students, both on campus and around the world, as well as the public, about environmental issues? How is MIT uniquely positioned to do so?


How can MIT contribute in bringing ideas to implementation at the local, national and international levels?


How can MIT stimulate and organize the scientific, technological, and policy innovations and advances necessary for mitigating and adapting to climate change? What new research frameworks may best achieve this?


What other actions can MIT take to confront climate change? What aspects of climate change could be transformed by MIT taking a leadership role?

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