The mission of the Green Committee, Staff for Sustainability, is to develop and deliver programs that educate administrative and support staff at MIT about recycling, reducing and reusing goods. Efforts include identifying/addressing gaps in staff understanding about recycling as well as gaps in recycling resources, and creating ways to increase recycling at MIT.
The Green Committee has been actively promoting recycling since 2000, when MIT's recycling rate was a very low 11%. The effort appears to have worked—in 2006, MIT received the Go Green Award from the City of Cambridge for reaching a 40% recycling rate in 2005. And in the same year Green Committee members were recognized with an MIT Excellence Award for the work they have done in the MIT Community.
The Green Committee membership includes MIT support and administrative staff, representatives from MIT's Office of Sustainability and Department of Facilities, and members of other campus advocacy groups, including some students. Committee members meet on the second Thursday of the month at noon in Room 4-038. For more infromation about the committee and meetings, contact .
The Green Committee has about 100 volunteer ambassadors who reach out to the community and communicate the committee's initiatives and encourage recycling in their particular department, lab or center.