In what is considered to be the first agreement of its kind, MIT, Harvard University and the City of Cambridge have entered into a compact to work collaboratively to address issues related to climate change on a local basis.

The "Community Compact for a Sustainable Future" lays out a framework for the signatories — and other organizations that choose to join — to work in a more coordinated and robust fashion to tackle local sustainability challenges. The Compact aims to leverage the different organizations’ core skills and competencies in research, best practices and governance to generate new solutions in the areas of waste reduction, energy efficiency, climate mitigation and adaptation, water management, renewable energy and green tech incubation.

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