Who we are

Our website address is: https://sustainablelogistics-dev.mit.edu.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) respects the privacy of people who visit our website, http://ctl.mit.edu. This privacy statement reflects our current information practices.

MIT CTL web site usage statistics provide information on how our content is used by viewers worldwide. This data will be used only in the aggregate for evaluation purposes. We do not collect personally identifiable information about any user unless the person voluntarily provides such information. For example, you might voluntarily provide email or other contact information when using a contact form on the MIT CTL website. Individual user data will never be made available to anyone nor will it be used for any commercial or philanthropic purpose without your consent.

We do not make your contact information or any other personally identifiable information available to anyone outside the MIT CTL or our service providers (who use the information only for authorized MIT CTL website purposes) unless we are legally required to do so. The information that you provide (name, and e-mail address,) is used to offer information about upcoming events or news on MIT CTL. Account information is subject to this privacy policy and will not be shared with anyone.

We do collect certain anonymous (non-personally identifiable) information to help us evaluate and improve the MIT CTL website:

  • We may use web analysis tools that are built into the MIT CTL website to measure and collect anonymous session information.
  • We also use cookies (see below) to improve your MIT CTL website experience and to collect anonymous information about how you use the website, but cookies are not required to use the website. Even if your browser is configured not to accept cookies, you will still enjoy full access to the MIT CTL website.

Use of cookies on the MIT CTL website
Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that this website transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser when you make return trips to the site. This allows us to track your use of the site (anonymously) and to analyze patterns in site use, such as repeat visits, length of visits, and breadth of content used, for example. Cookies also allow us to conduct periodic, online, voluntary user surveys where we can gain more insight into the type of people who are actually using the site, how they are using the site, and what the educational impact of the site is on these users.

Our use of cookies is designed to be unobtrusive, and we do not collect personally identifiable information through their use. However, if you do not wish to accept cookies, the “Help” portion of the toolbar on most web browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. Disabling cookies will in no way affect your access to content on the MIT CTL website.

If you have questions or concerns about this policy or need to update your information, please email: ctl-comm@mit.edu or write: Director, MIT CTL, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. E40, Cambridge, MA 02139.