Action Projects 2013

Participate in Green Action Projects to earn points for the Earth Day Challenge – on campus and at home! The more projects you participate in, the more points you earn to win green prizes – including the grand prize of $250! Good luck!

See Scheduled Events
See DIY Activities – Do on your own time!

Remember: you must register for the Earth Day Challenge to earn points!

SCHEDULED EVENTS

SATURDAY 4/20/2013
Charles River Cleanup – 9am-12pm – Find out more!
Picturing 2 Tons of Waste – A Media Lab Festival Project – 8:30am – Find out more!

SUNDAY 4/21/2013
“Do the Math” – Film Screening (with 350.org) – 7pm-9pm – Find out more!

MONDAY 4/22/2013
Transitioning from a coal based economy to a sustainable society: Distributed Energy Generation in the Heart of Coal Country -11.30am to 1pm – Find out more!
“Bidder 70” – Film Screening – 9pm-11pm – Find out more!

TUESDAY 4/23/2013
NEW EVENT: Entrepreneurship in Food: Jeff Barry, CEO and Founder of Boston Organics -12-1PM in E51-372 Find out more!
Swap out a Bulb, Lighten your Footprint! (LED Bulbs!) – 8:00am-4:00pm – Find out more!

WEDNESDAY 4/24/2013
NEW EVENT:
PANDORA’S PROMISE:
Screening and discussion with filmmaker Robert Stone – 5:00 PM in 34-101 Find out more!

Come tour the Casella Recycling Facility! -10:30AM-12:00PM
FREE Bike Repair Clinic – 11:00am – 2:00pm
These events have been postponed, please check back for more information. Thank you!

THURSDAY 4/25/2013
Thur 4/25 Choose to Re^3 – Find out more!

  • Choose to Reuse – Clothes Only Stata Center, 8-11am drop off; 11am-1pm pick up
  • Composting indoors with worms demonstration – 11am-1pm
  • Make your own green laundry detergent station –11am-1pm
  • Play the Recycling Game with MIT Facilities –11am-1pm
  • Take the Earth Day Quiz with EHS –11am-1pm
  • Green Cleaning @ MIT –11am-1pm
  • Odds and Ends Table – drop off and pick up other treasures! –11am-1pm
  • The Simple, Delicious Filtered Tap Water Challenge –11am-1pm

Securing our Clean Energy Future in Massachusetts with Governor Deval Patrick 3:00pm in Kresge Auditorium – Find out more!

NEW EVENT: “The Last Mountain” Screening brought to you by Urban Films, 4/25, 7:00pm–9:00pm in 66-110. Find out more!

FRIDAY 4/26/2013
Screening of “Chasing Ice” and Discussion and Popcorn Reception beforehand! – 4:00pm – Find out more!

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 4/27-28/2013
MIT Sustainability Summit – Find out more!

DIY

DIY Activities – GET POINTS ON YOUR OWN TIME!

DIY Home Energy Challenge – Cut Carbon at Home! Test out HEET’s DIY Efficiency Book - Find out more!

2nd Annual Action for Our Earth: Photo Challenge – Find out more!

Individual Green Action Blogging - Find out more!

Earth Day “Trash on Your Back” Facebook Challenge – Find out more!

Full Descriptions of Activities:

Sat 4/20

Charles River Cleanup
Sponsor:
MIT Sea Grant
Description: MIT Sea Grant volunteers are gathering this year on the banks of the Charles River outside Weld Boathouse in Cambridge to participate in the 14th Annual Charles River Cleanup! We will join other volunteers in picking up trash along the grassy areas and sidewalks on the Cambridge side of the Charles River. Supplies, including gloves and trashbags, along with a snack will be provided. Email Lillie at lillie_p@mit.edu to sign up and earn Challenge points.  For more information, visit here.
Date: Saturday April 20, 2013
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: The Charles River bank near the Weld Boathouse
Contact: Lillie Paquette, lillie_p@mit.edu, 617-253-3461
Participation Limit: 10
Green Points: 15 points (sign in at the event to get points!)

Sat 4/20

Picturing 2 Tons of Waste – A Media Lab Festival Project
Sponsor: MIT Media Lab
Description: During a traditional waste audit, trash gets sorted into different categories (cardboard, fibers, commingled, rigid plastics) to calculate the amount of waste that is not being recycled. But what if we make this process public and invite people to ‘jump’ into waste? Can we make the process visually fun and compelling without compromising privacy issues?  During this project, waste will be rearranged by type of material, color or shape forming a series of data visualizations related to waste and recycling. We will use trash to build graphics about trash itself! Find out more here.
Dates: April 20, 2013
Time: 8:30am until complete
Location: Outside of the MIT Media Lab between building E23 and E14
Contact: Pablo Rey Mazón, boston [at] basurama.org
Participant Limit: Email boston [at] basurama.org to volunteer
Green Points: 15 points (sign in at the event to get points!)

 Sun 4/21

“Do the Math” –Film Screening
Sponsor: Fossil Free MIT
Join Fossil Free MIT, 350.org, and people around the country for the “Earth Day Eve” premier of “Do the Math”  –a 42-minute film about the rising movement to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis and challenge the fossil fuel industry.  The screening is FREE and will be followed by a discussion about the movie. Bring your friends! For more information, visit: http://350.org/math.
Date: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: 32-123
Contact: Becky Romatoski, romo@mit.edu
Green Points: 10 (sign in at the event to get points!)

 Mon 4/22

Transitioning from a coal based economy to a sustainable society: Distributed Energy Generation in the Heart of Coal Country
Sponsor:
MIT Energy Club
Eric Mathis is the creator of the JOBS initiative, which incentivizes the installation of solar panels in a highly coal dependent region like the Central Appalachians, by employing former miners. His most recent endeavor, though, is participating in the creation and implementation of the Central Appalachian Sustainable Economies network, which is an interactive regional network of innovators cultivating new ideas and resources in central Appalachia to grow healthy communities. Eric will present his practical experience on how to incentivize the transition from a coal based economy to a sustainable society, in a progressive manner, avoiding conflicts and making traditional and renewable energies compatible and dependent in the process.
Date: Monday, April 22, 2013
Time: 11.30am to 1pm (A light lunch will be served prior to the event)
Location: E62-262
Contact: Robert Duran Barbara, robertdb@mit.edu
Green Points: 10 (sign in at the event to get points!)

Mon 4/22

“Bidder 70” – Film Screening
Sponsor: Fossil Free MIT
Join us for this very special free Earth Day screening of the documentary film, “Bidder 70” about Tim DeChristopher, who in 2008, committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.  Follow him from college student to incarcerated felon, as he tries tosave acres of Utah land during a BLM Oil and Gas leasing auction in 2008. For more information, check out: http://www.bidder70film.com/
Date: Monday, April 22, 2013
Time: 9pm-11pm
Location: 54-100
Contact: Becky Romatoski, romo@mit.edu
Green Points: 10 (sign in at the event to get points!)

Tuesday 4/23

Swap out a Bulb, Lighten your Footprint!
Sponsor: MIT Facilities
Help MIT reduce its energy costs and carbon footprint by replacing an incandescent or compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb in your office, lab, or dormitory with a free, new Philips LED bulb! Make sure to sign the “Earth Day Challenge Sign-in Form” at the desk when you pick up your new bulb.
Date: Tuesday, 4/23/13
Time: 8:00am-4:00pm
Locations: Pick Up at Facilities Stockroom, E19-107 or the Customer Service Center, Room 7-019.
Participation Limit: While supplies last!
Green Points:  10 (sign in for Green Points at desk!)

Tues 4/23

Entrepreneurship in Food: Jeff Barry, CEO and Founder of Boston Organics
Sponsor: MIT Food and Agriculture Club
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Time: 12-1PM
Location: E51-372
Green Points: 10 (sign in at event)
Come hear Jeff Barry, the CEO and founder of Boston Organics, speak about starting a door-to-door delivery service for fresh organic produce. Light refreshments will be served.

Wed 4/24

Come tour the Casella Recycling Facility! This event has been been postponed, please check back for more information. Thank you!
Sponsor: Department of Facilities
Ever want to know what happens after you toss those bottles and cans into the blue bins around campus?  MIT students, faculty, and staff are invited to tour the Zero-Sort (or single stream) Casella Recycling Facility in Charlestown, MA that serves MIT and the City of Cambridge.  You must register for this event here. Participation is limited to 20 people. Pick up and drop off on Portland Street outside of NE49 – see map here.
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Time: 10:30AM-12:00PM 
Contact:
Ruth Davis, rtdavis@plant.mit.edu
Participant Limit: 20 people, first come first served. Register here.
Green Points: 10 points (sign in at the event to get points!)
Schedule:
10:30AM – Meet on Portland Street, outside NE49
10:45AM – Van leaves promptly at 10:45
11:00AM—Arrive at Casella for tour
11:45 –Van leaves for MIT
12:00 –Arrives at MIT, Portland Street, outside NE49

Wed 4/24

FREE Bike Repair Clinic This event has been been postponed, please check back for more information. Thank you!
Sponsor: MIT Parking & Transportation Office 
Need someone to take a look at your bike to get ready for spring riding? The MIT Parking & Transportation Office is providing this free service to support this environmentally friendly transportation alternative. First come, first served. Minor repairs only. An MIT ID is required and bikes must be registered with MIT Parking and Transportation (will be done on-site that day).       
Date:
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 
Time:
11:00AM – 2:00PM
Location:
Student Center (W-20) Front Steps (inside if inclement weather)
Contact:
Robynn Cruz (rcruz@mit.edu), Parking & Transportation Office        
Participant Limit: First come, first served.    
Green Points: 10 (sign in at event for points!)

Wed 4/24

PANDORA’S PROMISE: Screening and discussion with filmmaker Robert Stone
Sponsor: Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT
A hit at the Sundance Film Festival, PANDORA’S PROMISE dares to tackle the emerging divide within the environmental movement over nuclear energy through the intimately told stories of thinkers, experts and authors who have come to change their minds about nuclear power. Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Robert Stone elegantly interweaves the personal narratives of Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger. By unearthing their personal transformations, Stone pierces commonly held assumptions and provides a captivating deconstruction of popular myths about radiation, waste and weapons, taking viewers on a mind-altering journey. More info: http://web.mit.edu/nse/events/pandoraspromise.html
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: 34-101
Green Points: 10 (sign in at event)

 Thurs 4/25

Choose to Re^3
Sponsors:
Working Green Committee…and special guests!
Choose To Reuse – A Clothes Only Edition
Working Green Committee and the Spouses & Partners Group
This Choose to Reuse is an opportunity for you to divert your gently used clothing from the trash and pass them on to another life. Challenge Participants can drop off their gently used adult and baby/toddler clothing from 8am-11am and pick up freebies from 11am-1pm. For every item of clothing you donate (up to 10 items) you get one Earth Day Challenge point!  Max of 10 points. Sign in and tally the items you donate at the event. See here fore more information.  Other tables will include (5 points for each table you visit!):

  • Composting indoors with worms demonstration – 11am-1pm
  • Make your own green laundry detergent station –11am-1pm
  • Play the Recycling Game with MIT Facilities –11am-1pm
  • Take the Earth Day Quiz with EHS –11am-1pm
  • Green Cleaning @ MIT –11am-1pm
  • Odds and Ends Table – drop off and pick up other treasures! –11am-1pm
  • The Simple, Delicious Filtered Tap Water Challenge –11am-1pm

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Time: 8:00am-11:00 donate to earn points (pick up freebies at 11-1:00pm)
Location: Stata Center, Building 32, TSMC Lobby (Curved Mirror Lobby)
Contact: Joel Dashnaw, jdashnaw@mit.edu, 617-253-4579
Participant Limit: None
Green Points: Choose to Reuse (1 point per item donated, up to 10 points); Tables (5 points)

Thurs 4/25

Securing our Clean Energy Future in Massachusetts with Governor Deval Patrick
Sponsor:
MITEI
Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Kresge Auditorium
Green Points: 10 (Find the sign-in table in the lobby!)

On Thursday, April 25, Governor Deval Patrick will address the future of clean energy in Massachusetts at the MIT Energy Initiative’s annual Earth Day Colloquium. Massachusetts is widely recognized as a leader in clean energy – ranking first in the nation in energy efficiency and having installed more than 300 megawatts of solar and wind capacity in the last six years. These accomplishments take on even greater significance in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, which brought the urgent need for climate adaptation into sharp focus and underscored the critical importance of climate change mitigation through a strong clean energy agenda. Join us as we welcome Governor Deval Patrick to reflect on the Commonwealth’s leadership in clean energy and efforts to stay the course as economic challenges persist and climate vulnerabilities grow. Check out the MITEI Website for more information

Thurs 4/25

“The Last Mountain” Screening brought to you by Urban Films
Sponsor:
Urban Studies & Planning / Fossil Free MIT
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Time: 7:00pm–9:00p
Location: 66-110 (25 Ames Street, Cambridge)
Green points: 10 (sign in at event)

Special Earth Day Feature! In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal.

The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America’s struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal. Directed by Bill Haney. Official selection: Sundance (2011); full frame documentary film festival.

Urban Planning Film Series is a mostly-weekly series showing documentary and feature films on topics related to cities, urbanism, design, community development, ecology, and other planning issues. Free. Web site: http://www.urbanfilm.org

Fri 4/26

Screening of Chasing Ice (and popcorn reception)
Sponsors:
MIT Libraries, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, and Earth Day Committee
This 2012 Oscar nominated documentary follows photographer James Balog and his crew as they as they conduct the Extreme Ice Survey, deploying time lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
Date: Friday April 26, 2013
Time: 4pm popcorn reception; 4:30 screening
Location: 6-120
Green Points: 10 (Make sure to sign in at event!)

Sat and Sun 4/27-28

MIT Sustainability Summit
The fifth annual MIT Sustainability Summit has the theme of “empowering action” towards sustainability.
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, April 27 + 28
Register: http://sustainabilitysummit.mit.edu/
Green Points: 10 — Note: To earn Earth Day Challenge points, register for tickets to the event, and forward a copy of your confirmation to earthday@mit.edu

DIY ACTIVITIES – GET POINTS ON YOUR OWN TIME!

Cut Carbon at Home! Test HEET’s DIY efficiency book! More info here.
Sponsor: HEET
Dates:
April 20-28, 2013
Location: Home or Dorm
Points: 20 (for completion of 2 activities)

photos

Action for Our Earth: Photo Challenge                                                                          Sponsor: EHS Office                                                                                                       Snap a scene of people at MIT in action for our earth – the day to day, or the unusual.  Staged scenes allowed.  Example ideas:  someone riding a bike with groceries, a picture from the back seat of your van pool, people using the recycling containers at the office kitchen, a person planting a tree, people using a revolving door, a crowd coming off the subway or waiting at a bus stop, or someone participating in one of the other green challenges listed.  Enter the challenge by emailing us your photo with a catchy caption..  In addition to the points you’ll earn for submitting the photo, there will be $10.00 Tech Cash cards for the top 5 photos and the top 5 photo captions, and these will be featured on the EHS website. Judging will be done by the EHS Office Communication Services Team. Entries must be submitted by April 28, 2013 midnight.
Dates: April 20th-April 28th, 2013
Location: Pictures from MIT and the surrounding area 
Contact: Emily Ranken, emranken@mit.edu, 617-253-0908  (email photos directly with subject line: “Action for Our Earth: Photo Challenge”)                                                   Participant Limit: None                                                                                                   Green Points: 5 points per photo, up to 2 photos per participant

blogging

Individual Green Action Blogging                                                                             Sponsor: Sustainability Program, EHS Headquarters Office
Earn extra points and blog about your Action Project experiences. In addition to blogging about projects, you can earn points by blogging about individual green actions you engage in during the Challenge – whether it’s using reusable bottles, buying local food, taking public transportation or biking, conserving energy, and more!
Dates: April 20th-28th, 2013 
Contact:
Susy Jones, susyj@mit.edu, 617-324-4881                        
Participant Limit:
None                                                                                                   Green Points: 5 points per blog entry

facebooking your impact

Earth Day “Trash on Your Back” Facebook Challenge
Sponsor: EHS, Sustainability Program
For 5 days starting on Earth Day –Monday, April 22 to Friday April 26—carry all of your trash (minus any recyclables/compostables/biohazards) with you, wherever you go – to explore how much waste your lifestyle produces and how easy it is to cut back when you put your mind to it. You can earn 5 Points for every day that you post an image of your “trash” bag on MIT’s Earth Day Facebook page – that’s 25 points total!
Instructions:

  • Get a gallon-sized ziploc bag (or other large, clear bag)
  • Place any waste that you do not actually recycle or compost or otherwise legitimately divert from the trash can into the bag.
  • No biohazards in the bag!
  • Bring your bag with you every day, everywhere! Making it visible is a great way to start conversations with your colleagues, friends, and other students!
  • Every day, post a quick picture and share a line or two on the MIT Earth Day Facebook Page.  You can also email these to earthday@mit.edu

The first MIT student, staff, or faculty member to complete the challenge will win $25 in Tech Cash and earn LOTS of points toward the grand prize of $250.
Good luck! Email earthday@mit.edu with any questions.

 

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