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Campus as a living laboratory


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Sustainability Connect, 2016

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Campus as a living laboratory

  1. 1. may 9.2016 John Fernandez, Dir. of MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative AccessMyCommute • John Attanucci, Lecturer & Manager MIT Transit Research Program • Corey Tucker, 3rd year, Master of Sci. in Transport. and Technology & Policy MIT Roof Study • Taya Dixon, Senior Planner, Capital Renewal • Isaac LaJoie, 4th year, Mechanical Engineering 2100 Resiliency Planning • Mike Wilson, Urban Studies and Planning • Jacqueline Kuo, 4th year, Mechanical Engineering campus as a living laboratory
  2. 2. Accessmycommute Corey Tucker John Attanucci
  3. 3. What is AccessMyCommute?
  4. 4. Benefits of AccessMyCommute • Institute – Reduction in parking demand – Increased campus sustainability • Employees – Information for decision making – Carpool facilitation – Financial incentives
  5. 5. Challenges/Research Advances • Platform integration (Combining a mobile app with secure, interactive employee dashboard on established site) – RideAmigos – Unity – ATLAS – Moves • Data (Can we collect and present reliable dashboard data seamlessly with minimal user assistance?) – Availability – Reliability – Processing • User reception/experience (Can we get eyes repeatedly on the dashboard; can we measure & change commuting behavior?) – Email messaging – Use of Moves
  6. 6. | MIT Sustainability Connect 2016: Campus as a Living Lab Department of Facilities: Building on Faculty & Student Research ROOF SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT Roof Sustainability Assessment • Energy Conservation • Stormwater Management • Community Benefits
  7. 7. | MIT Sustainability Connect 2016: Campus as a Living Lab Student Investigation: What is MIT’s solar potential?  MIT should be a leader in sustainability and clean energy  Used MIT developed tool (Mapdwell) to generate data and designs  Worked with Office of Sustainability  Presented findings to administration ROOF SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT Student Inquiry Administration Office of Sustainability Impact & Development Facilities
  11. 11. CLASS VISION
  12. 12. Team Name Engaged Communities Intervention Strategy Hazard(s) Addressed Approximate Timeline Beaver Fever West Campus and Undergrads Change Behavior Keeping Community Moving Dorm Row and Grad Students Protect from Elements MIT Underwater Researchers and Institute Fortify and Change Standards C-Green City and Commuters Accommodate and Redevelop Kendall Outdoor Lab Researchers and Tourists Research and Educate ADAPTATION STRATEGIES MIX Present - 2030 - 2050 - 2070 - 2100
  13. 13. Beaver Fever Open Space Committee Recommendation • Mission: 1. Facilitate a culture of living with heat 2. Enhance community engagement by transforming and creating programming in underutilized open space 3. Using the Commons Framework, advocate for and implement open space in future campus planning projects
  14. 14. • Suggested structure – 6 elected faculty members – 3 undergraduates students – 2 graduate students – 2 representatives from the Office of the Dean for Student Life – Additional student involvement in open “town hall” meetings • At the level of an MIT institute committee • Consult on new building projects • Reflect on existing open spaces and suggest renovations Design Behavior Shift Beaver Fever Open Space Committee Recommendation
  15. 15. Outdoor Green Space Indoor/Outdoor Space Indoor Space Central Light Chamber Proposed Student Center Space
  16. 16. Stakeholder Pros Concerns MIT Corporation ● Iconic part of MIT and opportunity to rebrand MIT as a leader in innovative climate-ready campuses ● Cost MIT President ● Personal legacy ● Promotes student mental health ● Vibrant outdoor scene promotes MIT’s image and attracts potential students ● Project may begin or end at a different president’s term Office of Facilities ● Aligned with campus climate goals ● Increase student interaction ● Student Center’s maintenance costs rise as the building gets older ● Upfront expenses ● Timeline/schedule of construction Students ● New center ● More comfortable space ● Without a student center during construction period (2 years?) - especially difficult for student group offices City of Cambridge ● Healthier + happier students are more invested in being part of broader community ● Noise from construction Stakeholder Concerns
  17. 17. may 9.2016 campus as a living laboratory discussion & questions