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A thorough proposal with clear knowledge of the MIT campus. It pivots the framing of the mitigation issue towards achieving necessary long-term goals.

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Although most of the suggestions are already to some degree under consideration by MIT, the strong emphasis on planning and direction means this proposal has a likely high impact. Given the presence of a sustainability department at MIT, please clarify its role in moving forward, as well as the specific value in the proposal beyond what would otherwise be done. Further development would clarify this and outline a plan for engagement with MIT offices already engaged in emission reduction.

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Rick Clemenzi

Jun 15, 2016
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Thank you for your feedback.  We have tried to fully incorporate your points via a "Foreword" addressing the administrative issues and the proposal's genesis, plus additions to the "Imperative" and "New Thinking Required" sections.  Other sections were also edited for clarity for the "public" round, tuned for accuracy, and emphasis added for novel aspects of the proposal.

While you did not explicitly raise this point, others have questioned the financial aspect of our Net Zero Carbon proposals, and the Buildings group even questioned our understanding how to integrate with the building's industry.  If you have any questions on these points, please review some of the identified References and the identified experts' LinkedIn pages.  This group of experts is fully inside the building industry, all of them sit on industry boards and committees including some chairing ASHRAE and IGSHPA committees, and all of them served on the new ANSI/CSA Bi-National C448 GHP Standard's Technical Committee.  These are seasoned experts with long track records who have and continue to work advancing the state of the art of building thermal technologies.  Unfortunately, we may not have fully conveyed that to all readers.

The only question you posed that we take a bit of a pass on was "a plan for engagement with MIT offices already engaged in emission reduction."  Our intention is to get this group of experts to MIT for a day of face-to-face meetings, and from that we would together develop a plan.  These individuals are typically engaged for at least analysis and design, and they also perform turn-key systems implementation in association with many others.  We are not fully informed as to exactly what it will take for MIT to Act on this plan.  We just hope that enough individuals in enough power centers within MIT will read and appreciate this proposal so we are collectively and sufficiently empowered to make it manifest.

Thank you for your consideration of our proposal!

One final point.  We will be filing an application for the $100M MacArthur Foundation grant under the Net Zero Carbon for Buildings+ theme as this proposal, and would sincerely enjoy a joint effort with MIT for that.

Regards, Rick Clemenzi, MIT'81