Events

The Sustainability Initiative runs, supports, and promotes events throughout the school-year. We are eager to support the efforts of MIT faculty, students, and alumni, so if you have an event you would like to showcase on our website, please email sustainability@sloan.mit.edu.

We also promote a small number of events outside of MIT each year that are of high interest and value to our constituencies; if you are running an event that we should know about, please contact sustainability@sloan.mit.edu.

Click here to see some of our past events. http://mitsloan.mit.edu/sustainability/past-events

February

Lunch Series

Feb 19

11:45AM-12:45PM

Nelson Repenning, Project Scoping Tools for Action Learning Projects

E62-250

Please join Professor Nelson Repenning, an expert on the change management process, for a session on tools to help you scope your S-lab (or other action learning/consultancy) projects.  This session will be an overview of the change management process, and then a deep dive into structured problem solving.  Prof. Repenning is the faculty director for the EMBA program, and teaches system dynamics here at Sloan.

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/FR5Ncg

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Lunch Series

Feb 26

11:45AM-12:45PM

Katie Kross, ʺThe Insider’s Guide to the Sustainability Job Searchʺ

E62-250

Co Sponsored with the Career Development Office

Many MBA students would love to work in a career that marries their business skills with their passion for making a difference in the world. But are there really viable MBA career options in social impact and sustainability fields? Absolutely. Join career expert Katie Kross for a conversation about career paths in corporate sustainability, CSR, impact investing, sustainability consulting, clean energy, and values-based business. She’ll share practical search tips, tools, and resources gleaned from hundreds of interviews with MBA alumni and employers.

RSVP: http://goo.gl/ugOy8O

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March

Mar 5

11:45AM-12:45PM

Karin Bogaers from Ahold USA on social sustainability goals in the food and grocery industry

E62-276

Karin is the Manager Responsible Retailing for Ahold USA, the parent company of Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, Martin’s Foods, and Peapod. 

The discussion will explore the social issues relevant to retail companies, including hunger and malnutrition, disadvantaged communities, associate engagement, and unsafe working conditions and forced or child labor in global supply chains, as well as the importance of collaboration and stakeholder engagement, and the role of sustainability professionals - including many of you - in positively impacting those social issues.

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/pizkef

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Mar 9

5-6:30PM

The Carbon Bubble - Investment & Divestment in a Carbon Constrained Climate

4-270

Co-sponsored by Fossil Free MIT:

Monday, March 9th at 5pm

Avoiding dangerous climate change means leaving two-thirds of all fossil fuel reserves underground. What does this imply for investment and divestment at MIT and around the globe? Using cutting-edge climate simulations and interactive tools, this panel will tell the scientific and financial stories behind a looming multi-trillion-dollar ‘carbon bubble’. They will explore how the investment community can avoid the financial risks of stranded assets by directing capital away from high-carbon, high-cost fossil fuel projects. And as the MIT Climate Change Conversation and the debate on fossil fuel divestment heat up, panelists will engage with the audience to ask: engagement, divestment, or both?

Free and open to the public. Free food will be provided.

Contact: sustainability-council@exchange.mit.edu

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Mar 12

11:45AM-12:45PM

George Parmenter of Delhaize America and Jen Levin of Gulf of Maine Research Institute

E62-250

George Parmenter from Delhaize and Jen Levin from Gulf of Maine Research Institute will speak together about the evolution of developing a seafood sustainability program in a grocery environment - George from the perspective of a private sector sustainability manager for a multi-national corporation and Jen from her perspective as manager of the sustainable seafood program for a non-profit research institute.

This is a story of developing policy through engagement with suppliers, internal stakeholders and decision-makers. The talk will highlight some of the challenges of this type of collaborative initiative, and will describe the steps taken to create a seafood sourcing policy for Delhaize.

You will learn some of the latest news on what NGOs active in sustainable sourcing are doing, how they interact and collaborate with each other and other sectors, and how grocery retailers are approaching similar goals. 

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/forms/P0438VjRV1

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April

Lunch Series

Apr 2

11:45AM-12:45PM

Building Technologies, with Josh Lehman

E62-250

Tremendous business opportunities exist in demand-side energy management. People spend 90% of our lives indoors, and a tremendous amount of resources are required to build and maintain these spaces. As the clean energy industry comes of age, people are finding smarter and smarter ways to construct and operate the buildings in which we eat, sleep, live, and work.

E62 provides a great case study of building technologies and energy performance. Join us for an interactive lunch-and-learn session in which you will learn some of the science behind our buildings and see E62 from a whole new perspective.

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/forms/kVUo6unPZd

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Lunch Series

Apr 7

12-1PM

Amory Lovins, Energy Efficiency

E51-325

Amory Lovins is one of the world’s leading authorities on and practitioners in energy’s efficient use and clean supply. For 33 years, his nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute, chiefly in collaboration with the private sector, has defined the cutting edge of how to create a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future. Dr. Lovins led 60 colleagues in a uniquely visionary and rigorous exploration of American energy futures, called Reinventing Fire. It found that tripling energy efficiency and quintupling renewables could run a 2.6-fold bigger U.S. economy in 2050 with no oil, coal, or nuclear energy, $5 trillion cheaper than business-as-usual. New ways to design buildings, factories, and vehicles can even make big savings cost less than small ones. Most surprisingly, this transition to a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future would need no new technologies and no Acts of Congress, but could be led by business for profit. Now the RMI team and its Chinese-government colleagues have applied the same approach to China’s energy needs, with even more astonishing results. 

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/forms/riNVXOySLe

A roundtable discussion will follow the lunch series.  RSVP for that event here.

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Lunch Series

Apr 9

11:45AM-12:45PM

Christina Zimmerman, Wellington, ESG/Data

E62-250

Christina Zimmermann, Manager of ESG Research at Wellington Management, will discuss how her team works internally with portfolio managers on ESG integration, externally with company managements, and more broadly with clients and other stakeholders within the industry. She will discuss the process of creating an ESG integration approach at a large asset management firm such as Wellington and illustrate how her team engages with hundreds of portfolio companies on topics such as water scarcity, supply chain management, and executive compensation. She will also share her observations of global trends for ESG in the investment community.   

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/forms/9amnWbp0CR 

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Apr 14

6-8PM

MIT Sloan Gathering in Philadelphia

The Hub at Circ Centre

The MIT Sloan School of Management invites you and a guest to attend a reception and faculty presentation with fellow MIT alumni in Philadelphia featuring Jason Jay, PhD '10, Director, Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan, Senior Lecturer, Sustainability.

Dr. Jay will discuss the challenges of global sustainability, not as a cause for despair, but as an opportunity for innovation. True sustainability is more than the sustainable use of natural resources; it also encompasses the effective use of the workforce and the advancement of human welfare. The pathway of innovation includes products and services, management practices, business models, and enabling market infrastructures. Dr. Jay will explain MIT's progress down this pathway, highlight the Institute’s unique capabilities, and share opportunities for alumni to engage.

Cost: $10 for alumni | $15 for non-alumni

Register Here.

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Apr 15

6-8PM

MIT Sloan Gathering in Washington DC

U.S. Green Building Council

The MIT Sloan School of Management invites you and a guest to attend a reception and faculty presentation with fellow MIT alumni in Washington, DC featuring Jason Jay, PhD '10, Director, Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan, Senior Lecturer, Sustainability.

Dr. Jay will discuss the challenges of global sustainability, not as a cause for despair, but as an opportunity for innovation. True sustainability is more than the sustainable use of natural resources; it also encompasses the effective use of the workforce and the advancement of human welfare. The pathway of innovation includes products and services, management practices, business models, and enabling market infrastructures. Dr. Jay will explain MIT's progress down this pathway, highlight the Institute’s unique capabilities, and share opportunities for alumni to engage.

Cost: $10 for alumni | $15 for non-alumni

Register Here.

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Lunch Series

Apr 23

11:45AM-12:45PM

Embedding Sustainability

E62-250

Stephanie Bertels is an Associate Professor, Technology, Operations Management / Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Simon Fraser University. She studies how organizations make the transition towards sustainability by undertaking practitioner informed research on sustainable operations, embedding sustainability and sustainable innovation. Stephanie was the lead author of a systematic review for the Network for Business Sustainability on how companies embed sustainability in their organizational culture. She has developed a 'wheel' framework that outlines the practices needed to embed sustainability that has been well received by industry. Stephanie has continued this research in collaboration with some of the world's leading companies and is currently the research lead behind The Embedding Project: http://www.embeddingproject.org Stephanie will explain the embedding framework and talk about how companies are using this approach to further embed sustainability. She will also share results from her recent work on embedding sustainability through organizational storytelling and on developing emerging leaders for sustainability.

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/forms/401um66WHv

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Apr 24-25

9AM-11PM

Sustainability Summit

MIT Campus


The 7th Annual Sustainability Summit will focus on understanding—and offering solutions to—the complex problems facing local and globalagriculture systems. This year’s Summit will tackle food and farming challenges through the lens of the “Circular Economy,” a systems-thinking approach that demonstrates that a flourishing, sustainable world is built on intentionally cycling resources between production and consumption:from farm to table and back again.
http://sustainabilitysummit.mit.edu/

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Lunch Series

Apr 30

11:45AM-12:45PM

Elizabeth Sawin: Opportunities for Bigger Impact on Climate Change

E62-550

Dr. Elizabeth Sawin from Climate Interactive will share findings from a review of cutting edge projects at the intersection of climate, clean energy, health, and social justice. Acting at these intersections presents significant opportunities - from leveraging investment capital to building political will for actions that benefit the climate. However, current climate and energy policy often under-emphasizes the multiple benefits of the transition away from fossil fuels, raising important questions for leaders and policy-makers. Who, beyond climate and energy experts, needs to be involved in crafting climate and energy policy? What tools and approaches are needed to connect across the barriers of sector and discipline to find the opportunities that solve many problems at once? How can we creatively capture synergies when budgetary categories and the domains of government ministries tend to treat climate, health, and social issues in isolation? The presentation will aim to show the potential of the opportunities at the intersection of climate and other issues and invite discussion on the best approaches for realizing that potential.

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/forms/OZckMP4Hs6

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May

Lunch Series

May 6

11:45AM-12:45PM

Supply Chain Mapping for Sustainability, Risk and Resilience

E62-223

Modern supply chains make possible an unprecedented variety of products. Despite all of this complexity it's never been easier to find out where products come from, or how they impact society and the environment. Sourcemap is a platform for supply chain transparency invented at the MIT Media Lab in 2008. The cloud-based software combines the geo-visualization with an enterprise social network so that manufacturers can connect to their suppliers and build a comprehensive triple bottom line risk map of their operations. In 2011 Sourcemap was spun out into a startup that helps major manufacturers see where their products come, engage with suppliers and collaborate to reduce environmental, social and operational risk. Founder and CEO Leonardo Bonanni will discuss the evolution of the company and introduce a selection of projects being undertaken by Sourcemap customers in apparel, high-tech manufacturing, agriculture and the public sector. Topics discussed include: supply chain mapping, life-cycle assessment, climate change, enterprise risk management, strategic sourcing, and resilient cities. For more information visit http://www.sourcemap.com and leonardobonanni.com

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/forms/yeVV1sXmnu

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September

Lunch Series

Sep 10

11:45AM-12:45PM

Kickoff Sustainability Initiative Lunch Series of the Year

TBD

Join us for an information session on the Sustainability Initiative.  The lunch will include an overview of the Certificate Requirements, as well as opportunities to get involved, and an introduction to programming and job networking opportunities for the year.  

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/forms/nc6yQrHkV4

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