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The Cecil and Ida Green Building, home to EAPS, has towered over the MIT campus for more than 50 years. Now, this iconic I.M. Pei-designed structure is poised to usher in a new era for environmental education, research, and innovation at MIT.
A striking 11,000-square-foot pavilion at Building 54 will provide a dynamic new earth and environment portal with modern conference, meeting, office, classroom, and convening spaces, and a new home for the Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI) at the nexus of environmental research and academia at MIT. The new LEED-certified addition will enliven and beautify an essential location at the heart of campus, and offer new programming space for ESI as well as EAPS and the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program (MIT/WHOI).
The pavilion will invite MIT and the wider community to engage with EAPS, ESI, and MIT/WHOI in our quest to tackle the real challenges facing our planet. As the Building 54 development takes shape, MIT also plans to refurbish 12,000 square feet of wet labs in Building 4 for experimental climate research in EAPS. These advanced laboratories will help keep MIT at the vanguard of earth and environmental sciences research for generations to come.
MIT’s commitment to the planet
MIT is aligning its capabilities to mobilize and lead the effort to understand and address challenges around issues of climate, environment, and sustainability. Our responsibility to improve the health of the planet and create a better world for its inhabitants is reflected by our commitment to establish a major hub for earth and environmental sciences and world-class laboratory space to support cutting-edge research in EAPS.
“Gaining space for wet labs and collaborative programs will transform earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences at MIT. State-of-the-art labs in Building 4 and a new space dedicated to earth and environment will enhance the community, galvanize our research and education programs, and create exciting new synergies across campus,” said Robert van der Hilst, EAPS department head.