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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Click here to see some of our past events. http://mitsloan.mit.edu/sustainability/past-events
Thursday March 5
Karin Bogaers from Ahold USA on social sustainability goals in the food and grocery industry
Friday April 24
9AM-11PM MIT Campus
Nelson Repenning, Project Scoping Tools for Action Learning ProjectsE62-250 –
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.
Katie Kross, ʺThe Insider’s Guide to the Sustainability Job SearchʺE62-250 –
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.
George Parmenter of Delhaize America and Jen Levin of Gulf of Maine Research InstituteE62-250 –
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.
Danielle NierenbergE62-223 –
"Flipped" lecture idea (working possibility) where we send out a video of her talking with M. Pollan and then take the lunch hour for conversation. Will require some seeding the audience with people willing to follow through and really watch the video, plus ask some good questions. She wants to do something unconventional, and I feel like MIT can handle that.
Building Technologies, with Josh LehmanE62-250 –
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.
Christina Zimmerman, Wellington, ESG/DataE62-250 –
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.
Sustainability SummitMIT 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.