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Standardizing MIT's Energy Management with ISO 50001

MIT accepted an invitation by the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary to be the only university to pilot the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Partnership—a DOE-supported, public-private partnership designed to accelerate energy efficiency improvements in commercial buildings and industrial facilities. Recognizing MIT’s leadership in campus energy management, DOE chose MIT to pilot GSEP’s international certification program to affirm facilities that adopt approved energy management systems and achieve significant and independently validated efficiency improvements over time. To start, seven companies representing over $600 billion in annual sales and MIT will pilot the program. This partnership will allow MIT to both learn from and share its experience and knowledge with other national and international leading organizations.

Through this program, MIT is piloting the use of the new ISO 50001 Standard in the development and implementation of an Energy Management System (EnMS) for the campus. MIT’s EnMS is nearing completion and will have the potential to seek ISO certification if an audit of the process is done. The Department of Facilities has been leading the development of this effort. More information on ISO 50001 is available here

A key component of the Energy Management System is the development of an energy management policy. This policy has been developed and approved by the Executive Vice President and Treasurer. The management policy is provided below:

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, is committed to being a leader in environmentally responsible operations, development of new and renewed facilities, and education. The idea of sustainability weaves throughout the projects, from construction to maintenance. MIT continually seeks to improve our environmental footprint while working to serve the needs of the community. To ensure that MIT remains a leader in environmentally responsible operations, we are demonstrating our commitment across the campus to continual energy performance improvement through the development of this energy policy and the implementation and maintenance of an Energy Management System (EnMS).
With this policy, MIT commits to:

  • Continual improvement of our energy performance
  • Ensure the availability of information and resources to achieve the objectives and targets of the EnMS
  • Comply with applicable legal and other requirements to which MIT subscribes related to energy use, consumption and efficiency
  • Support the purchasing of energy efficient products and services and design for energy performance improvement
  • Communicate the policy to the campus community


The MIT community is welcome to provide suggestions on opportunities to improve energy performance on campus, as well as provide suggestions on ways to improve the overall Energy Management System. To provide feedback, please visit the EnMS Suggestion Box.

For more information, please contact Wade Berner at

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