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 September 8
Kickoff Sustainability Initiative Lunch Series of the Year
Tuesday August 23
9AM-12PM E62 Loading Doc
MIT Sloan/E62 Recycling & Waste Audit
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.
Sustainalytics to Inform Investment DecisionsE62-250 –
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.
Cross-Sector Collaboration in agriculture and aquacultureE62-250 –
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.
How Public Corporations Disclose Climate Impacts – The CDP Climate Disclosure ProgramE62-250 –
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.
Sustainability at Wellington Asset ManagementE62-250 –
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.
“Time to Choose” Film Screening2-190 –
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.
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.
Net Impact/Sustainability Happy HourFirebrand 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.
MIT Sustainability SummitE52 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.
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.
Design for SustainabilityE62-250 –
How Life Cycle Assessments Identify High-Impact Areas for Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Reductions with Elsa Olivetti
The Good Jobs StrategyE62-250 –
How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits
Commercial Greeen Buildings and the LEED Rating SystemE62-250 –
Over the past 15 years, the LEED Green Building Rating System has transformed the commercial real estate market, taking green construction from a niche market into the mainstream. Chris Schaffner, LEED Fellow, President and Founder of The Green Engineer, Inc. and member of the US Green Building Council’s Advisory Council will provide an overview of LEED. We’ll talk about the evolution of LEED, the various levels of certification, the process of doing a LEED assessment, and types of careers where knowledge of LEED is useful.
Reconnect at Sustainability Events Reunion WeekendE62, 2nd Floor –
Graduates from classes ending in ’1, ’6, and ’15: stop by our Reunion Sustainability Panel, moderated by Professor Jason Jay, on Friday June 3 from 1:30-2:15 in E62, 2nd floor and then stop by our informal Reunion Networking Lunch Saturday June 4 11:45-12:45pm, in E62 2nd floor. We hope to see you and learn about all the amazing work you’ve been doing!
Learn More: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/alumni/events/reunion-2016/
7 school joint Alumni event in NYC
Join your fellow MBA alumni in NYC to expand your network and seed collaborations with fellow innovators and leaders in environment and energy. The second annual Joint Sustainability Alumni Network Reception with sustainable business education programs from Cornell, Duke, MIT, Michigan, Stanford, and Yale will be held at the Yale Club, 50 Vanderbildt Ave from 6:30-8:30 on June 16. This event will be focused on speed networking with sustainable business alumni from the sponsoring organizations.
The Dynamics of Climate Change-from the Political to the Personal
Join MIT Sloan Professor John Sterman on July 13 for a one-hour, complimentary webinar to experience an interactive simulation—developed by Sterman and his colleagues—that helps people understand climate change and the long-term climate impacts of policy scenarios.
MIT Sloan/E62 Recycling & Waste AuditE62 Loading Doc –
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 the recycling bin 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’a 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.
Kickoff Sustainability Initiative Lunch Series of the YearTBD –
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.