MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017 Activities by Sponsor - Office of Sustainability

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Green Laboratories - North American Freezer Challenge Kickoff

Emma Corbalan, Project Manager for Sustainable Design and Construction

Jan/09 Mon 12:00PM-01:00PM 76-259, Bring your own lunch!
Jan/11 Wed 12:00PM-01:00PM 76-659, Bring your own lunch!

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Attendance: Repeating event, participants welcome at any session

MIT plans to participate in the 2017 North American Freezer Challenge, an international competition hosted by I2SL to encourage optimized cold storage management practices in labs.  The competition is an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of management practices and behaviors on energy efficiency in labs.  Participants will compete to improve cold storage in their labs by utilizing cutting edge management practices, considering temperature tuning, identifying opportunities for unit retirements and upgrades and implementing sample inventory practices. 

This IAP class will serve as the kick-off to the Freezer Challenge, which will run from January 15th – May 1, 2017. The course will provide lab users with the information they need to improve energy practices in their labs and succeed in the competition!

Sponsor(s): Office of Sustainability, Environment, Health and Safety Office, Department of Facilities
Contact: Emma Corbalan, NE49-3161F, 617 324-6059, CORBALAN@MIT.EDU

Innovative Energy Solutions for a Growing Campus

Joe Higgins, Director, Infrastructure Business Operations

Jan/13 Fri 09:00AM-10:00AM Building 36-155

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/12
Limited to 30 participants

How does an investment in a North Carolina solar farm support MIT’s greenhouse gas reduction goals? How does MIT’s power purchase agreement neutralize a portion of our carbon emissions? Will there be research opportunities for students and faculty at this solar facility? To find out the answers to these questions and more, come hear the Department of Facilities’ Director of Infrastructure Business Operations speak about MIT’s innovative partnership with a Boston area medical center and a park that will enable the construction of the Summit Farms solar facility.

Also, check out our other energy related IAP events:

1/13 at 10AM: Powering MIT: An Inside Look at MIT’s Energy Infrastructure

1/13 at 11AM: Powering MIT: A Tour of MIT’s Central Utilities Plant 

Sponsor(s): Department of Facilities, Office of Sustainability
Contact: Bernadette Drinkwater,

MIT Green Labs

Niamh Kelly, EMP Officer, EHS Office, Pam Greenley, Associate Director, EHS Office

Jan/17 Tue 12:00PM-01:00PM 66-360

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/13
Limited to 50 participants

Green Labs is about managing your research work in a way that maximizes resource conservation.  Come here the story of how 8 different labs competed for $5000 for greening their lab.  You can see what practices may work for your lab and learn how to get your lab involved in the MIT Green Lab Certification Program. 


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Sponsor(s): Environment, Health and Safety Office, Department of Facilities, Office of Sustainability
Contact: Niamh Kelly,

Residential Waste Audit - W70 New House

Rachel Perlman

Jan/30 Mon 09:00AM-03:30PM W70 New House, Safety / Protective equipment will be provided.

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/20
Limited to 20 participants

The upcoming renovation of W70 offers an opportunity to rethink how we manage materials in residential buildings on campus.  At this waste audit, students will sort freshly generated waste material into 21 specific waste streams to quantify the various waste streams. This audit will provide data about specific waste streams that will be translated into design solutions intended to provide appropriate space and better functionality for waste management practices in the building.  By participating, students will be assisting in the research that will ultimately make W70 one of the most efficient and sustainable residential buildings on campus.

How much food waste winds up in the trash bin? How much waste and what types of waste do undergraduate dorms like New House generate? We’ll be gathering both qualitative and quantitative data to answer questions like these. We’ll be learning by doing!

There will be an opportunity for students to talk with staff in the Office of Sustainability, Recycling and Materials Management Office, and Residential Life about their personal experience: What are the challenges of minimizing waste generation and knowing “what stuff goes where?” What changes would you like to see in MIT dorms regarding waste?

Article about waste audit conducted in Koch:

Video of past audit:



Sponsor(s): Office of Sustainability, Residential Life Programs, Department of Facilities
Contact: Rachel Perlman,