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. 

RSVP:  https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=336461

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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 3-

5PM-

Sustainability Ecosystem Mixer

Firebrand Saints

Network with other sustainability-interested students over provided appetizers. This is a great way to connect with the Sustainability Initiative and other student clubs.

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Lunch Series

Oct 5

11:45AM-12:45PM

Sustainability Consulting with Matthew Gardner, Founder & Managing Director of sustainserv

E62-276

Ever wonder what sustainability consulting is and how it compares to other types of consulting? Matthew Gardner, Founder and Managing Director of sustainserv, will share his experiences working with a broad client base and emerging trends. His work includes a wide variety of sustainability strategy, data and communications focused projects across many sectors in many countries, including manufacturing, banking and financial services, logistics, chemicals, electronics, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and consumer products. Sustainserv is a Boston Massachusetts and Zurich Switzerland based firm that works with public and private sector organizations to design and implement sustainability strategies, programs and communications.

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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 19

11:45AM-12:45PM

Lunch and Learn with AB-InBev

E62-276

Come talk with Jess Newman, MBA 2017 about her role at AB-InBev. Join us for a chat about how they are mainstreaming sustainability into the procurement function at ABI. Also, she will answer your questions about embedding sustainability into a non-sustainability role at a Fortune 500 company.

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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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Conference

Oct 26-28

9AM-5PM

Net Impact Conference

Atlanta

The Net Impact Conference is the premier gathering of students and professionals who want to use their skills and careers to make a positive impact on the world.

Join us in Atlanta, Oct 26-28, to fast track your own path to impact: network with industry leaders, find mentors and make invaluable connections.

Many people want to make a difference, but turning good intentions into tangible impact can be hard. The Net Impact Conference is your accelerator. We can give you the skills, experiences and connections so that you can have the greatest impact now and throughout your career.

https://netimpact.org/conference

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Oct 30

5-7PM

Sustainability Ecosystem Mixer

Meadhall

Network with other sustainability-interested students over provided appetizers. This is a great way to connect with the Sustainability Initiative and other student clubs.

RSVP:  https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=358268

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November

Lunch Series

Nov 7

11:45AM-12:45PM

Reimagining Sustainability at AB InBev: Chief Procurement & Sustainability Officer Tony Milikin

E62-233

Join Tony Milikin (Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer), Greg Belt (Global VP of Smart Value Creation), and Ezgi Barcenas (Global Director of Procurement Sustainability) to learn about Procurement at AB InBev, the company’s evolving strategy to mainstream sustainability into the Procurement function, and how you can play a role as a Global MBA summer intern. Students interested in working in any function at AB InBev are encouraged to attend.

RSVP:  https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=359811

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Lunch Series

Nov 9

11:45AM-12:45PM

Toward the Efficient Impact Frontier with Mike McCreless of Root Capital

E62-276

Mike will be presenting Root Capital's article "Toward the Efficient Impact Frontier" in the Winter 2017 Stanford Social Innovation Review. The article describes an approach by which impact investors can construct portfolios on the 'efficient frontier' of impact and financial performance, and manage impact alongside financial risk and return in a quantitative and holistic way.

RSVP:  https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=359812

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Lunch Series

Nov 13

11:45AM-12:45PM

Sustainability Analytics with Nancy Cleveland, Co-Founder of Sustrana

E62-223

Nancy Cleveland is a Principal and co-founder of Sustrana LLC, a sustainability management technology and consulting company. Nancy does consulting and leads content development for Sustrana’s online software service that enables businesses to manage and realize performance improvements through sustainability best practices. Nancy co-chairs the Governance and Sustainability sub-committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section. She is an FSA (SASB) and LEED® AP, and is trained under GRI and as a TSC Service Provider.

RSVP:  https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=359813

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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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Lunch Series

Nov 30

11:45AM-12:45PM

Career Path Conversation with Christian Weeks (EnerNOC Vice President and General Manager)

E62-276

Christian Weeks is Vice President and General Manager for EnerNOC’s global Demand Response business. He has over a decade of experience in energy and technology businesses and is passionate about disruptive technologies and scalable growth. Since joining EnerNOC in 2009, Christian has held various roles in strategy, sales, and operations. Most recently, Christian led EnerNOC’s software and demand response businesses in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining EnerNOC, Christian worked in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice based in Washington, DC. Christian graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Government, and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Christian will provide an overview of his career path and his work at EnorNOC (Enel) with a lot of time focused on questions from the audience.

RSVP:  https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=362370

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December

Dec 4

5-7PM

Sustainability Ecosystem Mixer

Meadhall

Network with other sustainability-interested students over provided appetizers. This is a great way to connect with the Sustainability Initiative and other student clubs.

RSVP: https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp?id=358269

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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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