MIT Guest Blogger: Keeping iD Green

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MIT Guest Blog! Week 3, July 9th!

Hello Pete and all the hundreds of staff that are working at various camps around the country this summer! We here at MIT (the best camp in the country) want to share our “iD Green” stories with you to show you how we’re saving the world, one day at a time.

Because we’re a day camp here at MIT, we have 14 staff members who must commute, day in and day out, to ensure that they can deliver the best possible experience to our wonderful campers. How do they get there? Glad you asked, because we here at MIT only have three parking passes to work with! One has to go to me, and one has to go to the Assistant Director Suzanne, so we can run to the doctor or the store when the situation arises.

So what do we do with the third parking pass? We gave it to Gerry, Keith (stolen by Ben at Merrimack for this week), Dwight, Evan, and even Alfred (missing this week). Five guys crammed into a car! Nice!

Pictured left, these staff members must get from Worcester MA (home of the great R. Little at UCLA, formerly of MIT – we hear he misses us a lot) to Cambridge MA, everyday. That’s about 45 miles a day, one way! Don’t believe me? Google maps it:

That means our buddies here get at up at 5:30 am to get here on time! How dedicated are they??!!

That’s great, but what about the other great staffers? Everyone else relies on the good old Boston MBTA, in one form or another, or they travel by bicycle! Yes, we have staff AND campers that bike to and from camp every day!

Staff that travel via the T arrive at Kendall Square from south, west, and north of Boston. We’d show you some pictures of them on the T, but we’re pretty sure that taking pictures on the T is illegal or something, and we need everyone to be here for the rest of the summer.

Not only do we employ the greenest of green strategies for getting to camp, but we also insist that computers are powered down at the end of the day in all of our five rooms – that’s about a 100 computers and monitors saving electricity! Not bad!

We have, to date, three cell phones and two ink cartridges for donation to recycling – we’re getting there!

Lastly, I’d like to say on the behalf of everyone MIT, we wish you a great summer and hope you’ll join us in doing a small part to fix a big problem. Remember; ditching your car can not only help the environment, but also your wallet, as the Dwight and Gerry found out during Week One! Stay green!

-Mike S., Director MIT

iD Tech Camps at MIT, we salute you!  Way to go!  Keep it up!  Thanks for making iD Tech Camps greener.  We thank you and so does the planet.  Every little bit helps, and you are doing your part!


A photo of Pete

Pete has been at the helm of iD since 2000. He resides in Silicon Valley. Pete has a love of design and is passionate about creating memorable experiences for kids. By day he is CEO, by night he is a youth soccer coach and chef of the house. Pete studied at UW in Seattle and worked abroad in Spain. He is fluent in Spanish, but his kids think otherwise. The best part of the job? Seeing the kids advance from tech novices to studying at top Universities and landing big-time jobs.

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