The Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan is the gathering place for leaders from all sectors who work on innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. We bring practitioners, academics, MIT Sloan students, staff, and faculty together at dozens of events like these every year to inspire and empower people to take action to create a more sustainable world.

Climate CoLab Conference

November 6-8, 2013

Top-down approaches to dealing with climate change haven't worked very well. This conference will focus on a bottom-up approach: using new information technologies--like crowdsourcing, social media, and big data--to develop innovative ideas for what to do and to stimulate action in many parts of society.

The conference will bring together:

- Leading experts on key issues related to climate change and to new information technologies
- Innovative thinkers from the general public presenting ideas they developed in the MIT Climate CoLab, an online community that harnesses the world's collective intelligence to address climate change (Winners of the CoLab's 18 contests will present their ideas, the top proposal will be awarded a Grand Prize of $10,000, and the winners of the CoLab Referral Prize will also be announced.)
- Key decision-makers from business, government, and other organizations to provide input on how to make these ideas actually work

Register here.

Great companies, great jobs: Building a sustainable economy

May 20-21, 2013

The U.S. economy is at its best when there is a growing number of financially successful companies; society does best when there is a growing number of good quality jobs and capable workers; and the two are mutually reinforcing.  In fact, we have firms of all sizes and structures that are financially successful and creating good jobs. But we also have successful firms that are not great places to work. This gathering of leaders from business, labor, government, civil society, and academia addressed this question: What would it take to expand the number of U.S. businesses that achieve financial success while supporting high-quality jobs? Conducted in a highly interactive “action lab” format, this summit generated insights and commitments to action at state, regional and national scales.

MIT Sustainability Summit 2013

Empowering Action Apr. 27-28, 2013

Expanded to a two-day event, the 5th Annual MIT Sustainability Summit reflected upon the urgency of innovation to empower change. Day-one panel conversations included topics ranging from Sustainable Consumption & Production, to Innovations in Urban Planning, and Effective & Responsible Decision Making. Keynote speeches included Rick Ridgeway, VP of Environmental Initiatives for Patagonia; Katherine Gajewski, Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia, and Prof John Sterman, Director of the MIT System Dynamics Group. Acclaimed photographer and founder of Extreme Ice Survey, James Balog, rallied participants to take action. On day two, participants contributed to action-learning workshops that grappled with real-world problems of achieving sustainability. Attendees left with tangible change plans in their existing personal and professional contexts, reflecting the event’s theme of Empowering Action.

MIT Sustainability Summit 2012

The Horizon Event Apr. 27, 2012

The Fourth Annual MIT Sustainability Summit, brought business and social leaders together with academic researchers and students to look at the current successes, emerging solutions and new paradigms that can lead us to an environmentally and socially sustainable future. Renowned investor Jeremy Grantham led off a day of discussions which included presentations by leaders from Starbucks and Ceres, along with distinguished MIT faculty.

MIT Sustainability Summit 2011

Bridging Thought and Action Apr. 22, 2011

The Third Annual MIT Sustainability Summit was dedicated to bridging thought and action, addressing sustainability through a series of talks, panels and discussions. The goal of the day was for participants to get a new or renewed understanding of the theory behind creating sustainable organizations as well as the tools and tactics to address real life challenges.

MIT Sustainability Summit 2010

Mind the Gap: Collaborate and Communicate for a Sustainable World Apr. 23, 2010

The Second Annual MIT Sustainability Summit focused on ways in which people can work across boundaries to make sustainability a reality. Because environmental and social challenges require a multi-disciplinary approach, no individual or single organization can make change a reality alone.

Throughout the day, attendees practiced innovative methods for engaging in effective dialogue and for working together during complex decision-making situations and multi-stakeholder engagements.

2010 Manufacturing Summit at MIT

Manufacturing and Sustainability

The Manufacturing Summit focused on how to alter the perception of manufacturing in the US, and the importance of attracting young professionals to careers in manufacturing. Summit presentations examined how to keep the country’s economic engine strong and growing, how corporations can act as global citizens, and manufacturing’s role in sustaining a sustainable ecosystem of conferences.

2010 MIT SDM Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges

MIT’s annual systems thinking conference, sponsored by the System Design and Management Program, is devoted to showcasing the new ways of thinking, working, and leading required to address today's complex challenges.

MIT Innovations in Management Conference (ILP Summit)

Sustainability is no longer relegated to offices that handle isolated issues like waste management or corporate charitable giving. Innovative leaders from a wide range of industries and functional areas are recognizing they can improve their business by embracing sustainable business practices.

How are they doing it? How can eco-friendly, socially responsible business practices translate to your bottom line? Where are the most promising areas of business opportunity today? Are there frameworks that can help you identify sustainable strategies that fit your corporate footprint?

For more information about the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan, contact us.