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 4

11:45AM-12:45PM

Materiality in Finance and Sustainability: What Are Companies Required to Report On?

E62-250

Sustainability Lunch Series with speaker Bob Eccles
As sustainability becomes more mainstream in corporate boardrooms, public companies are looking for standards they can rely on to determine what to report on, and how. The Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB) is a non-profit organization working to develop and disseminate sustainability accounting standards that help public corporations disclose material, decision-useful information to investors. Join HBS professor Bob Eccles to learn more about the SASB process and how companies determine what is “material” to their business.

RSVP:  https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=297509

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Lunch Series

Feb 11

11:45AM-12:45PM

Sustainalytics to Inform Investment Decisions

E62-250

Sustainability Lunch Series with speaker Annie White
Retail and institutional investors are increasingly incorporating environmental, social and good governance (ESG) criteria in to their investment decisions, to minimize certain risks and take advantage of new market opportunities. Sustainalytics is an award-winning global firm that provides these investors with the intelligence and analysis to inform their responsible investment decisions. In this session, Research Director, Annie White, will use real-company cases to show how Sustainalytics is able to measure E, S and G risks and opportunities and rate corporate sustainability performance.

RSVP:  https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=297510

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Lunch Series

Feb 18

11:45AM-12:45PM

Leveraging Social Media for Global Change

E62-250

Sustainability Lunch Series with speaker Erez Yeoli

RSVP:  https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=297512

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Lunch Series

Feb 25

11:45AM-12:45PM

Cross-Sector Collaboration in agriculture and aquaculture

E62-250

What are effective strategies for bringing together diverse perspectives to solve environmental challenges? What is the value proposition for each side? Jason Clay, Senior Vice President of Food and Markets at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), will talk about his work to bring people together to improve environmentally sensitive practices in agriculture and aquaculture.

RSVP:  https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=297513

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March

Lunch Series

Mar 10

11:45AM-12:45PM

How Public Corporations Disclose Climate Impacts – The CDP Climate Disclosure Program

E62-250

Sustainability Lunch Series with speaker Claire Ferguson
Investors from niche impact investment funds to mainstream asset managers now realize that climate change presents material risks to the companies in which they invest, and are demanding better and more complete information on corporate emissions and climate action. Leveraging the power of the shareholder and lender, CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) is a global organization that maintains the largest collection of self-reported environmental information from the world’s largest public corporations and their supplier companies. Claire Ferguson, a Sector Lead at CDP, will discuss how corporations implement sustainability programs internally and report out on emissions data, greenhouse gas targets, and climate risks and opportunities to investor stakeholders through the CDP platform.

RSVP:  https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=297523

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Lunch Series

Mar 31

11:45AM-12:45PM

Sustainability at Wellington Asset Management

E62-250

As part of Wellington’s approach to integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics into the investment decision-making process, the firm’s portfolio management and ESG teams engage with hundreds of companies each year to discuss a broad range of ESG topics. This level of interaction allows their portfolio managers and analysts to thoroughly assess ESG issues and address ESG risks within these companies. Christina Zimmermann, ESG Strategist at Wellington, will discuss various hot topics, such as climate change and water scarcity, and share insights into how investors can encourage companies to become more sustainable. 

RSVP: https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=297524

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April

Apr 5

6-9PM

“Time to Choose” Film Screening

2-190

Free film screening of Oscar-winning filmmaker and MIT Alum Charles Ferguson’s Time to Choose.  A solutions film about climate change, the most pressing issue of our time, examining the main contributing factors to this global phenomenon, and what we can do to alleviate this crisis.  Join the Sustainability Initiative and the Environmental Solutions Initiative for this screening followed by a Q & A with producer, MIT alumnus, and solar entrepreneur, Tom Dinwoodie.

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Lunch Series

Apr 7

11:45AM-12:45PM

From Entrepreneur to Activist: Fighting for our Future with Mothers Out Front

Climate change is here, in the form of rising sea levels, more frequent heat waves and drought, burning forests, and acidifying oceans. Yet, our leaders still fail to respond with bold action, and leading environmental groups have failed to organize sufficient public pressure to change thier minds. Founded just 3 years ago, Mothers Out Front is developing mothers as a cohesive, empowered and activated constituency that will alter the political landscape by providing both the outside support and pressure for our elected officials to lead on climate, while making it far more challenging for polluters to continue their actions unchecked.

RSVP:  https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=297525

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Apr 7

6-8PM

Net Impact/Sustainability Happy Hour

Firebrand Saints

Want to hang out with other Sloanies interested in sustainability, social impact, social entrepreneurship...and snacks! Sustainability Initiative, Net Impact and SEID invite you to a Happy Hour gathering at Firebrand Saints Thursday, October 8th at 5:00 pm. 

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Conference

Apr 15

9AM-6PM

MIT Sustainability Summit

E52 7th Floor

The MIT Sustainability Summit is a student-led event that takes place every year during Earth Week on the MIT campus, drawing more than 350 attendees ranging from professionals to academics and students. The summit has emerged as a premier issue-driven event, featuring discussions with thought leaders and expert practitioners. The 2016 Sustainability Summit will focus on three key themes: disruptive product design and materials sourcing, transformative business models, and innovative new pipelines. Please stay tuned for more information about the speakers and the program.

http://sustainabilitysummit.mit.edu/

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Apr 20

6-8PM

Allagash Brewing: Sustainability, Operations, and Happiness in Craft Beer

Join Luke Truman, Product Jockey at Allagash Brewery, to learn more about sustainable operations at Allagash. Allagash was one of the first signatories to the Brewery Climate Declaration and was recognized in 2014 for environmental excellence by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Luke will discuss Allagash's social and environmental programs, and of course allow us to sample some delicious Allagash products.

https://sloangroups.mit.edu/microbrew/rsvp?id=302262

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Lunch Series

Apr 21

11:45AM-12:45PM

Design for Sustainability

E62-250

How Life Cycle Assessments Identify High-Impact Areas for Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Reductions with Elsa Olivetti

RSVP:  https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=297526

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Lunch Series

Apr 28

11:45AM-12:45PM

The Good Jobs Strategy

E62-250

 How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits

RSVP:  https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=297527

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