MIT latest school to receive energy efficiency award for buildings

October 5, 2011

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently received an award for using energy efficient technology and helping students be more sustainable, according to MIT News.

After receiving a LEED Gold certification for two buildings on campus because of their energy efficient design and practices, the university was also able to receive recognition from a local environmental group.

The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, awarded the institution with a 2011 Go Green Award for its sustainable buildings and use of energy efficient technology, according to the city’s website.

“We appreciate the leadership [the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP)] and the City of Cambridge have provided on these issues, and we are very thankful for their recognition of MIT’s contributions,” Steven M. Lanou, deputy director for sustainability at MIT, told the News. “Effective partnerships such as these are pivotal to making real progress.”

According to MIT News, two of the new buildings at MIT are expected to use 45 and 35 percent less energy, respectively, than conventional structures.

There are currently nearly 5 million commercial buildings in the U.S. that account for 40 percent of the total energy consumption in the country.