Our Work

CoLab works with MIT students, faculty, staff and tech¬nical resources to translate its vision and mission into practice by:

Modeling: developing operational models of urban sustainability efforts that are participatory and generate shared wealth. Currently, this work is focused in the areas of energy efficiency, waste management and procurement needs of anchor institutions.

Collaborative research, media and culture: generating new and relevant knowledge about urban sustainability with community partners and co-crafting theories of community engagement, development, and social change; preparing new cadres of planners with the commitment, skills, and ability to lead innovation across sectors and address systemic failures.

Linking: providing space for high-impact stakeholders across multiple sectors to explore common interests and develop transformative projects.

The Lab’s projects currently fall under these major subject areas:

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