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Jayson JayThe Switzer Foundation recognized Jayson Jay, a doctoral student at MIT Sloan, as an early-career environmental leader.

PhD student receives prestigious fellowship

Jayson Jay, a doctoral student at MIT Sloan, has received the Switzer Fellowship, one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for early-career environmental leaders.

At the MIT Sloan Organization Studies Group, Jay works as a researcher, teacher, writer, and consultant. His passion is in fostering learning and innovation within and across organizations to help realize a sustainable future. Jay’s dissertation research examines the challenges of cross-sectoral collaboration in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy at the municipal level. As a research partner of the Sustainable Food Lab, he has written case studies of company-NGO collaboration to foster sustainable and equitable agriculture in the developing world, and plans to examine the institutional evolution of sustainable food. In 2008, Jason co-developed the MIT Leadership Lab course with Peter Senge and Wanda Orlikowski, combining classroom learning on sustainability and leadership with action learning on real-world projects with partner organizations.

Jay is among 20 leading environmental scholars to receive the $15,000 award from the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation to complete their master and doctoral degrees and advance their skills and develop their expertise to address critical conservation challenges.

“The Switzer Foundation is building a network of leaders with the skills and dedication to address the most challenging environmental issues of our time,” explains Lissa Widoff, executive director of the Foundation. “The 2009 Fellows are talented individuals from all sectors—science, ecology, business, law, education, and journalism among others. These leaders exemplify our belief that we need individuals working towards environmental improvement in all facets of our society and that to solve complex problems we need cross-sector collaboration.”

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