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app iconNew role for Joe Higgins
On November 1, 2019, Joe Higgins was appointed MITís vice president for campus services and stewardship. In this new role, Joe will oversee the Office of Sustainability, EHS, the Office of Campus Planning, and Facilities. This appointment is part of a reorganization to reassign the many responsibilities previously handled by Deputy Executive Vice President Tony Sharon, who is retiring at the end of 2019.

Read the news article.

 

app iconRenowned architect I.M. Pei í40 dies at 102
Celebrated architect I.M. Pei í40 left a distinctive mark on the MIT campus, with the design of four campus buildings:

  • Cecil and Ida Green Building for Earth Sciences (Building 54), 1962
  • Camille Edouard Dreyfus Chemistry Building (Building 18), 1967
  • Ralph Landau Building for Chemical Engineering (Building 66), 1976
  • Wiesner Building (Building E15, original home of the MIT Media Lab), 1985

Read about his work in this news article.

 

app iconParking Office holds annual bike auction
On Friday, October 4, 2019 the MIT Police and the Parking & Transportation Office held a bicycle auction of old or abandoned bicycles. The auction began at noon at 290 Albany Street in Cambridge. The lot opened at 11:30AM for an opportunity to preview the bicycles that are up for auction.

Proceeds from the auction go towards campus bicycle initiatives.

 

app iconMIT Bike Safety Day
On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, we celebrated Bay State Bike Week with some giveaways and refreshments at the Dertouzos Amphitheater at Stata.

Team MIT has been #1 on the school leader board for the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge for six years in a row. The MCBC is a week-long, free and friendly competition among Massachusetts businesses, educational institutions, and municipalities..

 

app iconParking Office holds annual bike auction
On Friday, September 21, 2018 the MIT Police and the Parking & Transportation Office held a bicycle auction of old or abandoned bicycles. The auction began at noon at 290 Albany Street in Cambridge. The lot opened at 11:30AM for an opportunity to preview the bicycles that are up for auction.

Proceeds from the auction go towards campus bicycle initiatives. Note: A valid and current MIT ID is required to participate. New this year, there is a two bike maximum purchase per individual. Payment options include credit card, cash, or local check with proper ID.

 

blue bikesRecovering fresh water from power plants
MIT researchers partner with utilities team to test technology that captures water evaporating from cooling towers. Prototype to be installed on MITís Central Utility Plant has potential to provide a low-cost source of drinking water for parched cities around the world while also cutting power plant operating costs. Read more.

 

bluebikesHubway is now Bluebikes
You may have noticed the Hubway bike sharing program has become a little bluer this week! The name change to Bluebikes, along with station and bike branding changes that are underway, reflect new sponsorship by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and will enable the program to expand and grow. MIT employees and students will continue to enjoy a subsidized annual membership fee of $35.

Members can continue to use their same account, same app, and same key throughout the transition, and everything will seamlessly rollover to Bluebikes. Bluebikes will continue to be a public transportation system, owned by the municipalities of Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville, and operated by Motivate. For more information, read this news article.

 

Student at bike auctionSafeRide pilots OnDemand shuttle
for late night 

On Monday, February 12, 2018, the Parking and Transportation Office is launching a pilot program to provide a new SafeRide OnDemand shuttle on the MIT campus.

SafeRide will continue to operate as a fixed-route circulating shuttle from 6 PM-11 PM each night. From 11 PM through the end of service, SafeRide will switch to an OnDemand mode. Riders can request a pickup and drop-off online or via an app. Learn about SafeRide OnDemand.

 

Met WarehouseMIT is set to upgrade its cogeneration plant
After months of preparation, MIT is planning to break ground this month on an upgrade project that will revitalize its Central Utilities Plant (CUP), a distributed energy resource (DER) that powers the campus microgrid with thermal and electric energy. The CUP upgrade is essential to the Instituteís sustainability goals and will improve campus resiliency by creating an enhanced, more efficient, more flexible power system. Read all about the upgrade and follow the progress at the Powering MIT project site.

 

KresgeRenewal of Kresge Auditorium
A substantial restoration of Kresge was completed in 2016 to replace aging equipment and systems, renew and upgrade key building elements including the brick plaza and glass curtainwalls, and improve energy conservation and efficiency. Designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen, this iconic domed building was one of the first large-scale thin-shell concrete structures in the United States.  

Learn more about the scope of work and schedule, and the meticulous care taken to maintain the architectural integrity of Kresge.

 

Collier Memorial renderingDedication of completed Collier Memorial The permanent memorial to MIT Officer Sean Collier, killed in active service two years ago, has been completed and now stands at the intersection of Vassar and Main Streets. On Wednesday, April 29, the public dedication of the Collier Memorial will take place at noon, followed by a community picnic to celebrate Collier’s life.This article provides additional details about the events surrounding the memorial.

 

Jim May using HubwayHappy Trails!
On October 22, 2013, the League of American Bicyclists recognized MIT with a Silver Bicycle Friendly University award for successfully encouraging a growing bike community on campus. To promote bicycle commuting the Institute provides amenities such as secured bicycle cages, subsidized Hubway memberships, and Fix-It Stations across campus. Read more about the award and learn about MIT’s bicycle programs and services.

 

MIT ChapelMIT renews its historic Chapel building 
The MIT Chapel has served the MIT community for close to six decades—and was substantially renewed in February 2015. The renewal work included rebuilding the moat, repairing the stained glass walls, and replacing the roof. 

 

MIT VehicleFleet Management keeps MIT on the road
Formerly part of Grounds Services, Fleet Management has grown into its own area and is available to service MIT vehicles campus wide. If your department currently owns a vehicle and travels off campus to have it serviced, why not bring it to our Fleet Management area? They are right here on campus and will pick up and deliver the vehicle. The team provides a wide array of services quickly and conveniently such as oil changes, brake jobs, exhaust work, and tune-ups.

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