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
Friday April 28
9AM-6PM Samberg Conference Center
MIT Sustainability Summit
Thursday April 6
Julian Koebel: Water and Business
Dana Masterpolo: Bantam CiderE62-250 –
Join the Sustainability Initiative and the Microbrewing Club for lunch with Dana Masterpolo, Co-Founder of Bantam Cider. Bantam Cider was born from a family tradition of winemaking and a desire to be part of a creative process rooted in the local community. Bantam not only produces delicious cider, but the company plays an active role in the community, and is committed to using fresh pressed apples and high-quality all-natural ingredients!
Omar Mitchell, Sustainability in SportsE62-250 –
Join Omar Mitchell, MBA '12, to learn more about what it's like to create your own role in sustainability at a $3B organization. Omar was able to turn a summer internship at the National Hockey League into a full-time role after graduation and is the go-to guy for promoting practices that improve the performance of NHL arenas throughout the league.
Omar Mitchell is Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility for the National Hockey League, overseeing initiatives that drive positive social and environmental change across Clubs, business partners, fans and the broader hockey community. He is responsible for NHL Green – the League’s sustainability platform, NHL Foundation – the League’s philanthropic arm; and Legacy Projects – philanthropic endeavors aimed at supporting local groups. Mitchell joined the NHL in 2012 as the League's first sustainability director. The NHL was the first and only professional sports league in North America to produce a sustainability report. The 2014 report led to a partnership between the League and Constellation, the Official Energy Services Provider of the NHL. As a result, Constellation counterbalanced the League’s carbon footprint for the past three seasons through the purchase of renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets. The NHL is one of the top 25 green power purchasers in the U.S.
Dr. Joanne Kong, Food for Thought: How a Greener Diet Can Transform You and the PlanetE62-250 –
Dr. Joanne Kong has been praised throughout the country as an advocate for plant-based nutrition, centered ethically in raising awareness that greater compassion for animals and our planet is vitally necessary for transformative growth and positive world change. This presentation addresses the critical impacts that animal agriculture and meat consumption have upon the environment, the sustainability of our plant, and our health. Going greener with your diet is an opportunity to become more consciously aware of our choices and connections to the world around us, and create powerful, positive change. Joanne Kong has been praised throughout the country as an advocate for plant-based nutrition, with recent presentations at Yale University, Tufts University, Ohio State University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Rick Ridgeway, VP Environmental Initiatives and Special Media Projects, PatagoniaE62-450 –
Sign up NOW for the opportunity to collaborate with Rick Ridgeway, who is leading Patagonia's environmental efforts. Rick will be on MIT campus all day for the Worn Wear Truck (located outside the Stratton Student Center).
We are fortunate that Rick Ridgeway will be at MIT Sloan from 2:30 - 4:00 PM, for an exclusive conversation with a select group of MIT Sloan MBAs. Rick will begin the session with an overview of Patagonia and the company's sustainability strategy. We will then open up the conversation for student participation: students will provide feedback as to ways in which Patagonia can expand its influence for fair labor practices across the apparel industry. Students will be asked to prepare some thoughts on this topic in advance of March 10th. More guidance to come.
SPACE IS LIMITED: first come first serve, 40 people.
Julian Koebel: Water and BusinessE62-250 –
The World Economic Forum lists water risks as the second-most impactful global risk. What does that mean for businesses and how can business leaders approach the water challenge? Join us as we learn from Julian Koelbel, MIT Postdoctoral Fellow in Behavioral and Policy Sciences, as he gives us a 101 intro to water resources, a systematic overview of how water issues affect businesses, and an outline of existing strategies.
MIT Sustainability SummitSamberg Conference Center –
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 2017 Sustainability Summit will focus on funding the future.