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
Tuesday December 1
Chocolate Taste + Learn
Monday November 23
Sustainability Certificate Deep-Dive: Spring Course Offerings
Kickoff Sustainability Initiative Lunch Series of the YearE62-276 –
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.
Zipcar CEO and MIT alum Robin Chase to give a book talk to MIT current students, alum and friends10-250 –
Robin Chase, co-founder/former CEO of Zipcar and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, illuminates the potential of the collaborative economy to address broader issues such as climate change and income inequality, and proves the impact that this innovative force can have on these most pressing economic and social issues of our time. Free Admissions.
Career Panel on Responsible Private Center Real Estate9-450 –
Nick Iuviene, Program Director of Just Urban Economies at CoLab
Ernst Valery, founder and president of Ernst Valery Investments Corp
Keyes Christopher "KC" Hardin, co-founder of Conservatorio SA
TedX Preview with Pat Flynn, MBA ‘12
Join Patrick Flynn (MBA ’12) as he previews and seeks feedback on his upcoming TEDx talk. Patrick works for IO Data Centers as Group Leader of Sustainability and has been developing sustainability and energy strategy for the company since graduation.
Susty 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 Wednedsay, September 16th at 6:00 pm. Come kick off the semester in classic Sloan style! Some light appetizers will be provided. See you then!
Network Based Job SearchE62-250 –
While the search for sustainability & social impact jobs isn’t as clear cut as some more established MBA career paths, it does not need to be daunting. Join Prof. Jason Jay and Director of the Career Development Office, Sue Kline as they present the paradigm of choice and then the diverse set of opportunities and resources available at MIT Sloan to help guide you towards internships and post-graduate careers in the field.
Featured Speaker: Sue Kline, MIT Sloan Career Development Office – Co-Director
Creating Your Own Path: Sustainability at the NHLE62-250 –
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 will also host office hours between 1-2p; email Gloria to request a time slot.
. For more information on Omar's role at the NHL, visit: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/sustainability/profile/omar-mitchell-mba-12
Sustainability Alumni GatheringGranary Tavern –
Feeling the doldrums of fall? Want to extend the summer fun a little longer? Missing your sustainability friends and classmates? New to the sustainability field and want to know more about it? Come join the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative and local area alumni for an informal gathering at Granary Tavern to reconnect with the Boston-area Sloan sustainability community. Hosted by the Sustainability Initiative join Jason and Bethany for a drink, learn what they have been up to, and meet others interested in Sustainability from the MIT Sloan community.
Sustainability Leadership at AmazonE62-250 –
Ever wondered what it's like to be the Director of Worldwide Sustainability & Social Responsibility at Amazon? Curious about Amazon's sustainability initiatives beyond Frustration-Free Packaging? Kara Hurst will speak about how she uses Amazon's scale, speed and innovation to impact key social and environmental opportunities across all of Amazon's business areas globally. She will also comment on her career path from public sector and non-profit collaborations to the world's largest e-retailer.
SOLVEMIT Campus –
The first-ever SOLVE conference brings together technologists, philanthropists, business leaders, and policy makers to examine and address the problems where technology, business innovation, and smart strategy can be leveraged to create real and lasting change.
New Metrics Conference 2015Royal Sonesta Hotel, Boston, MA –
This three-day event convenes brand managers, thought leaders, and business executives focused on creating smarter, more accurate, and more inclusive business metrics.
Crowds & Climate ConferenceMIT –
Hosted by Climate CoLab, the online community that develops proposals for tackling climate change, the annual Crowds and Climate Conference features contest winners presenting their ideas on how to confront specific environmental challenges and engage with leaders in the field.
Sustainable Innovation at HP: Intrapraneurship in TechE62-250 –
Join John Frey, Sustainable Innovation Technologist at HP, to learn more about green IT at HP. With over 20 years of global experience in sustainability and efficient IT. Mr. Frey helps customers solve complex business challenges while reducing costs and lowering their environmental impact through the use of technology solutions. He also provides practical suggestions for implementing efficient IT practices throughout the IT lifecycle. Mr. Frey shares his expertise in efficient IT, lifecycle design, sustainable supply chains, energy efficiency, climate impact, stakeholder engagement, and portfolio differentiation with customers, stakeholders, academia, and government officials across the globe.
Renewable Energy Finance Alumni PanelE62-250 –
Join us on October 15th for a special lunch series focused on Renewable Energy Finance. MIT Sloan and the Sustainability Initiative are bringing together research faculty and alumni for a day of information exchange on the topic, with the intent of identifying existing work in Renewable Energy Finance and developing pathways for collaboration. Our lunch series will feature two prominent alumni in the field: Michael Sonnenfeldt, a private equity investor with significant holdings in solar businesses, and Ray Wood, who leads investment banking in renewable energy for Bank of America. Michael Sonnenfeldt (MIT Sloan, MBA ’78) – Chairman of the Board, Carmanah Michael W. Sonnenfeldt is Chairman of MUUS & Company LLC, a private investment company with concentrations in real estate, solar, energy, and a diversified portfolio of direct and fund investments. Mr. Sonnenfeldt is the controlling shareholder of Sol, Inc., a leading manufacturer of industrial grade outdoor solar lighting systems, and he is the Founder and Chairman of TIGER 21 LLC, the premier network of peer-to-peer learning groups for high net worth investors across North America. Recently, he founded Magnolia Lifestyle + Benefits to provide world class products and services custom tailored to Magnolia's ultra-high net worth members. Mr. Sonnenfeldt is Phi Beta Kappa and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from MIT, as well as an Honorary Doctorate from Ben Gurion University. Ray Wood (MIT Sloan, MBA ’90) – Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Ray Wood is a Managing Director and Head of U.S. Power and Renewables for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Over his 25-year career, 20+ dedicated to the power sector, Mr. Wood has assisted clients on several noteworthy strategic transactions and financings, a number of which have been awarded “Deal of the Year” honors. He has transaction expertise across the spectrum of M&A, IPOs, leveraged finance, structured finance, commodities, and privatizations. Mr. Wood received his BA from Dartmouth College and MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Strategies for Sustainable Business | MIT Sloan Executive Education
This program targets high-potential and established executives who are shaping the strategy of their firms. We orient you to the pressing economic, social, and environmental challenges of our time. We help you deliver superior bottom line results while making a meaningful contribution to a better world. We bring a distinctive MIT perspective to bear on sustainability - building on our strengths in system dynamics, operational process improvement, and innovation. We use a blend of hands-on simulations, case studies, and small group discussions that make for a powerful three-day learning experience.
For more information or to register, please visit the executive education at http://executive.mit.edu/sus
Sustainability Task Force Working SessionE62-250 –
Want to weigh in on sustainability at Sloan? The Sustainability Task Force wants to better understand how Sloan embeds sustainability and where to focus our future efforts, and you can help! We will provide lunch, describe the work we’re doing, and give you time for a survey to assess where we currently stand. Your responses will be aggregated with stakeholders across the Sloan community and inform concrete decisions moving forward. Please bring your laptop!
Net Impact ConferenceSeattle, WA –
The 23rd Net Impact Conference to Seattle, will have student and professional leaders come together to tackle the world’s toughest social and environmental problems. The challenges we face are complex, and it’s time to come together and create innovative solutions. It’s time to suit up, push your limits, and leave it all on the field. Game on!
How Small Farms Can Be Sustainable BusinessesE62-250 –
Food Systems Series Presents:
Ken Meter’s professional path has taken him from sustainability measurement to immersion in local foods initiatives. He has been invited to bring his expertise to 38 states, including writing a $9.85-million investment plan for local foods for the State of South Carolina. This presentation will suggest that creating local clusters of sustainable food businesses can help urban and rural communities retain financial resources and strengthen social networks. Bring your best suggestions (and concerns) for how making the strongest economic case for local foods!
THE BUSINESS+SUSTAINABILITY NEXUSE62-223 –
Join the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative and the Environmental Defense Fund on Tuesday, November 10th at 7p for a night of networking with students, professionals, and activists across the Boston area. We’ll start the night off with a short introduction from Jason Jay, Director of Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan, Namrita Kapur, Managing Director of the EDF Corporate Partnerships Program, Sarah Meyers, EDF Climate Corps and MIT Sloan alum, and then transition to networking and conversation. Appetizers will be provided. Spots are limited, please RSVP today.
Sustainability in the Supply ChainE62-250 –
Corporate supply chains are key contributors to global environmental and social challenges – and they can also be part of the solution. As many companies work to make their internal operations more sustainable, they are beginning to realize that the bulk of their impact actually lies upstream and downstream. As a result, companies and government agencies are beginning to think strategically about the most effective ways to incorporate sustainability across their supply chains. Practitioners in this space rely equally on their supply chain management skills and sustainability knowledge. Come hear from three panelists who are working at the cutting edge of supply chain sustainability, the skills they use everyday, and how they ended up in their current positions.
Abby Swaine, EPA SmartWay and Clean Freight Programs
Dawn Graunke, Supply Chain Regulatory Manager at Intel
Lisa Brady, Senior Director of Sustainability, Global Supply Chains at EMC Corporation
Incorporating Sustainability into “Traditional” RolesTBD –
Have you ever wondered how to incorporate sustainability into traditional roles at traditional organizations? Join Sloan alum Greg Zielinski (MBA ’12) to find out how he uses sustainability frameworks and tools to influence day-to-day operations at Amazon. Greg will also share his tips for the career search and highlight key skills that are necessary to be successful to impact organizations from the inside out.
Pricing Climate Risk talk by Robert LittermanE51-345 –
The MBA Finance Track and Sustainability Initiative are honored to host Robert Litterman, former Head of Risk Management at Goldman Sachs and current Chairman of the Risk Committee and Founding Partner at Kepos Capital, to talk about pricing climate risk.
The appropriate time path for emissions prices, which economists call the "Social Cost of Carbon," should be thought of as the solution to an optimal control problem. The price of carbon is the brake that society uses to accelerate or decelerate the rate of usage of the atmosphere's unknown capacity to safely absorb emissions. Right now the incentive to reduce emissions is strongly negative, i.e. governments around the world heavily subsidize the creation of emissions. Potential climate-risk tail events, together with societal risk aversion (which is best observed in the equity risk premium) and expectations of technological change determine the appropriate time path for emissions prices. Societal understanding of this issue is at a tipping point. As expectations of incentives being created sooner and higher increase, the valuations of stranded assets, such as coal and coal fired power plants will decline. But understanding how forward expectations of carbon emission prices drive current valuations is complex. It is also important to understand that it is not the act of pricing emissions that destroys the value of these assets – it is the economic externality that has already destroyed their value. What the recognition of that externality will do is to reduce their current false valuations. Exxon and Shell have, in their public discussion of stranded assets, shown that they do not understand this issue. Paraphrasing Upton Sinclair, “It is difficult to get a company to understand something, when the valuation of its assets depends on it not understanding it."
Sustainability Certificate Deep-Dive: Spring Course OfferingsE62-250 –
Wondering which courses fulfill the Sustainability Certificate? Looking for the perfect course to complement your spring schedule? Want to hear from Sustainability Certificate graduates about their experiences in the program? Join Bethany Patten, Carolyn duPont, Drew Morales, Sarah Nolet, and Lea Rutledge to hear their recommendations about great classes offered this spring and get your questions answered about how to pursue your academic interests next spring.
Chocolate Taste + LearnE62-250 –
Join The Chocolate Garage founder for a guided tasting and talk on the power of change when cacao is transformed into a delicious single origin bar by talented chocolate maker. This bar holds the potential to transform the whole supply chain in a way that benefits everyone.
The tasting will feature single origin, flawed, and commodity chocolate, discussing the flavors and calling out the merits and shortcomings of each bar, and the challenges the craft of chocolate currently faces.
Chocolate is limited!
Sunita de Tourreil is trained as a Molecular Biologist, who in 2004 left working on prion disease with a Nobel Laureate at UCSF, to tackle another large problem: How do we make the reality and story behind the products we buy, more transparent and available to customers, so that they can make choices that are in line with their values. She has been working on building a healthy ecosystem for cacao and chocolate ever since. Dozens of unique bars by the best makers have been custom funded by her community of chocolate loving customers, thereby supporting small makers and getting their fans involved in strengthening their businesses.