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

August

Aug 22

9AM-12PM

MIT Sloan/E62 Recycling & Waste Audit

E62 Loading Dock

Ever wonder if your plastic water bottles should be emptied before you recycle them? Or if that greasy pizza box is too contaminated and just has to go in the trash?  Do you think about how much trash you consume and what happens to it when you throw it away?  Here’s your opportunity to look smart in front of your new classmates as they hover in-between the compost and recycling bins and ask “which one should I use?” Join the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative and the MIT Office of Sustainability to help sort and weigh E62’s waste and collect data to improve overall campus sustainability efforts.  We will provide you with gloves to keep your hands clean and Tyvek jumpsuits to keep your clothes clean (optional). We will be doing the sorting outside near the loading dock; we suggest you wear sun screen and/or a hat. 

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September

Lunch Series

Sep 14

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. 

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Sep 19

4-6PM

ESI People and the Planet: Johan Rockström

10-250

Ever heard of Planetary Boundaries and wonder where it came from? 

This revolutionary term was brought to you by internationally recognized scientist, Johan Rockström, and his critically important work on global sustainability issues. This Swedish native has spent decades researching and working on applied water research and building resilience in tropical regions world wide. He has also published over 100 research articles and four books that include his work on agriculture systems, land use, and ecosystem services.

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Sep 21

12-1PM

Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI) Lunch Series: Lily Pollans

10-105

ESI Lunch Seminar:  Dr. Pollans is an Assistant Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College in New York City. Her current research looks at what impacts climate change and structural inequality have on the potential and limits of urban-scale action.

This monthly lunch seminar engages MIT faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in lively conversations about current environmental research and education at MIT. 

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Lunch Series

Sep 28

11:45AM-12:45PM

2nd Year MBA Panel: Summer Internships

E62-276

Join us for a student panel, moderated by Bethany Patten, Associate Director of MIT Sloan's Sustainability Initiative, to hear from second year Sloan students who spent their summers working on various sustainable endeavors. Panelists include Will Ferrer (Divaqua), Scott Keto (D. Capital Partners), Sophie Liao (Tesla), and Catherine Wright (Patagonia).

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October

Oct 18

12-1PM

Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Tom Peacock

10-105

MIT Professor Tom Peacock set up the Environmental Dynamics Lab in 2003. The ENDLab's ongoing research investigates dynamical phenomena using experiment, theory, and numerics.

This monthly lunch seminar engages MIT faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in lively conversations about current environmental research and education at MIT. 

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Oct 23

12-1PM

Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Newton Harrison

10-105

Among the leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, the collaborative team of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison has worked for over forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to uncover ideas and solutions that support biodiversity often tuned to community development.

The Harrisons’ concept of art embraces an unusual range of disciplines. They are artists who can function variously as historians, diplomats, ecologists, investigators and art activists. Their work involves creating with poetic narratives embedded in complex large-scale imagery. Often, their practice proposes solutions and involves not only public discussion, but also extensive mapping and documentation of these proposals in diverse art contexts.

Past projects have focused on watershed restoration, urban renewal, agriculture and forestry issues, among others. Their first global warming works were done in the 1970s. The Harrisons’ visionary projects have led to changes in governmental policy and have expanded dialogue around previously unexplored issues leading to practical implementations in both the United States and Europe.

This lunch is co-produced by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology.  Learn more at the MIT CAST website.

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November

Nov 16

12-1PM

Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Camrin Braun

10-105

Camrin Braun is pursuing his PhD with the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and is also a National Geographic Young Explorer. Currently, Braun is exploring the relationship between movements of pelagic fishes and their ocean environment.

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Nov 20

4-6PM

ESI People and the Planet:  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

E14

The Environmental Solutions Initiative People & the Planet Lecture Series presents individuals and organizations working to advance understanding and action toward a humane and sustainable future.

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December

Dec 13

12-1PM

Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Jessika Trancik

10-105

Professor Trancik is an Associate Professor at the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS). Her research focuses on evaluating the environmental costs and impacts of energy technologies.

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