Office of Sustainability

The MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) sits at the nexus of the Institute’s administrative, research, and educational units. The mission of MITOS is to transform MIT into a powerful model that generates new and proven ways of responding to the unprecedented challenges of a changing planet via operational excellence, education, research and innovation on our campus.

MITOS focuses on eleven areas of impact:

  • Carbon
  • Buildings
  • Energy
  • Mobility
  • Water
  • Landscape
  • Campus infrastructure
  • Procurement
  • Waste
  • Food systems
  • Vibrant communities

MITOS works to reimagine how a university sustainability office should be structured and operate. By viewing sustainability as a challenge to be grappled with at the level of the individual, campus, city, and globe, MITOS has established an innovative, comprehensive, and ever-evolving approach to addressing how an organization needs to transform in light of the biggest challenges of our time.

Working in partnership with the City of Cambridge and Greater Boston; campus departments, labs, and centers (DLCs); student groups; and peers across the region and globe, MITOS has accelerated and supported innovative systems focused on a low-carbon campus, materials lifecycle, campus food systems, healthy people, sustainable mobility, and climate resiliency. MITOS continues to leverage MIT’s campus as a testbed for ideas—serving as a microcosm for global issues and solutions. 

MITOS seeks to continue this transformative work while understanding that solving for sustainability at MIT means sourcing solutions for the world. Solutions found at MIT are the result of collaboration with stakeholders and individuals across the Institute. In working with individuals and teams across campus, MITOS is able to keep focus on the people at the center of a sustainable campus—understanding needs, motivations, and unique abilities to contribute to solving for sustainability at MIT. 

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Contact Julie Newman, Director