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

September

Lunch Series

Sep 4

11:45AM-12:45PM

Kickoff Sustainability Initiative Lunch Series of the Year

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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:  http://goo.gl/kgWiLS  

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Sep 18

11:45AM-12:45PM

Industry Focus: Finance and Integrated Reporting

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Integrated financial reports are a way for socially responsible organizations to show performance in terms of both financial and other value relevant information.   This session will explore the current state of Integrated reporting in the marketplace: key players, cutting-edge research and the new technologies.   Featuring visiting MIT Sloan Prof. Bob Eccles, former SASB board chairman; Michael Meehan, CEO of the Global Reporting Initiative and Liv Watson, Director Workiva.

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/bfboJC

Robert G. Eccles first joined the faculty in 1979 and received tenure in 1989. He left in 1993 to work in the private sector and rejoined the faculty in 2007. Right after receiving tenure, Professor Eccles started doing research on corporate reporting, a topic which remains of great interest to him from a research, managerial practice, and public policy perspective. He has written three books on this subject, The ValueReporting Revolution: Moving Beyond the Earnings Game (with Robert H. Herz, E. Mary Keegan and David M. H. Phillips), Building Public Trust: The Future of Corporate Reporting (with Samuel A. DiPiazza Jr.), and One Report: Integrated Reporting for a Sustainable Strategy (with Michael P. Krzus), which is the first book on this subject. One Report was the winner of the 2010 PROSE award in the category of Business, Finance, & Management. He is a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (http://www.integratedreporting.org/) and the founding Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) ( http://www.sasb.org). Dr. Eccles is the co-founder, with Professor George Serafeim of Harvard Business School, of the Innovating for Sustainability social movement (https://www.facebook.com/innovatingforsustainability), and a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Sustainable Value Creation (https://www.conference-board.org).

Michael Meehan, CEO Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the global standard-setter in sustainability reporting. GRI has a global presence through the work of its Secretariat in Amsterdam and Focal Point offices in the United States, Brazil, South Africa, China, Colombia, India and Australia.  As a CEO, senior executive and advisor in the sustainability sector for almost two decades, Michael has built and managed several successful clean-tech businesses, including Carbonetworks (2004-2010) and iVeridis Corporation (2010-2013), both of which were focused on the intersection of innovation and sustainability. Michael has also advised multinationals and governments around the world, including the White House, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), and the California State Senate regarding sustainability issues. Michael was voted one of the "Top CEOs to Follow" by BusinessWeek magazine and is the inventor of several clean technology patents.

Liv Watson is the Director of New Markets for Workiva, a leading provider of solutions for complex business reporting and is used by more than 65 percent of the Fortune 500. In her role at Workiva, Liv monitors and evaluates new market opportunities around the world.  Liv is an expert in corporate governance, financial reporting, corporate social reporting (CSR), Integrated Reporting (<IR>) and XBRL. She is one of the original developers of the XBRL data standard, as well as a founder of the XBRL International consortium. Working with leading market regulators, accounting associations and institutions, she serves as a global ambassador for XBRL, IFRS, CSR and <IR>, and speaks regularly at local and international events.  Prior to Workiva, Liv was Vice President of Global Strategy for EDGAR Online, Inc. (NASDAQ: EDGR) as well as a partner in a BDO Alliance firm.

Liv is also an accomplished writer and commentator, having been a co-author and contributing author on several books, among them, “XBRL for Dummies”, the “Governance, Risk and Compliance Handbook”   and "Integrated Reporting Requires Integrated Assurance" with Professor Robert Eccles of the Harvard Business School. Her articles and commentary have been published in leading business journals, including the Harvard Business Review and Strategic Finance. In 2007, one of Liv’s articles received the IMA Lybrand Silver Medal and was selected for inclusion in the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) 2007 Articles of Merit. 

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Sep 23

5:30-7PM

SASB:  Harnessing Data to Make All Investing Impact Investing

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Please join us in welcoming Sustainability Accounting Standards Board as they provide an overview of sustainability accounting standards, SASB’s standard setting process, and how you can play an active role in shaping the future of sustainability disclosures.  Food will be provided.

Register on Eventbrite.

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Conference

Sep 24-26

12-12AM

New Metrics Conference 2014

Royal Sonesta Hotel

As the definition of value continues to evolve, the demand for business to demonstrate its ability to create value of various forms for all stakeholders – and not just profit for shareholders – is increasing, and the question of how this value is identified, measured and communicated becomes paramount. This 2-day, in-depth discussion with some of sustainability's top minds examined leading-edge work that is expanding the way business creates, quantifies, and manages the value it delivers through the metrics it adopts. http://www.sustainablebrands.com/events/newmetrics14

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Sep 29

11:30AM-1PM

When The Levee Breaks:  A discussion about environmental risk and the mining industry with Bill Carter

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 The Sustainability Initiative and the Office of International Programs will be co-hosting a lunch discussion with Bill Carter.  While Bill is most known for his work as the Director of Miss Sarajevo, this talk will be centered around environmental risk and the mining industry.  This is also the theme of his latest book Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story about Copper the metal that runs the world which dives deeply into the topic of sustainable mining and corporate responsibility.  Lunch will be provided.

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/ywlPhc

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October

Lunch Series

Oct 2

11:45AM-12:45PM

Industry Focus: Consulting

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:  A traditional MBA career path often leads to internships and jobs in consulting.  This session explores consulting through the lens of Sustainability.  Representatives from AccountAbility, a Leading sustainability consulting firm based in NYC (CEO - Sunny Misser, MBA ’93) will present their perspectives on the current trends in Sustainability Consulting, including reporting, metrics, and partnerships.  They  will be joined by a panel of current students and Alumni in the field.  

About the Panelist:

Pat O’Brian, MBA ’15 — Summer intern at Bain Consulting

Hilary Fischer-Groban, MBA ’15 – Summer intern at BSR

Lily Russell, MBA ’11 — Manager at Deloitte working in their Supply Chain group

About AccountAbility:

AccountAbility is a think tank and advisory services firm focusing on mainstreaming sustainability into organisational thinking and practice. By providing innovative and practical solutions, they help our clients improve their business performance, create value, and build a sustainable competitive advantage. Their widely-used standards, leading research, and strategic advisory services help organisations become more accountable, responsible, and sustainable.

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/vVz0aN

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Oct 28

6-9PM

Screening of Food Chains

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The Food and Agriculture Club at MIT is proud to kick off this year by hosting a preview screening of FOOD CHAINS (http://www.foodchainsfilm.com) - produced by Eva Longoria, actress and hispanic activist, and Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation. 

Supermarkets earn $4 trillion globally and have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply chains, and the complicity of the supermarket industry. The film carries a powerful call to action for every viewer, demanding that retailers use their power to eradicate abuse in their supply chains. 

Following the screening, there will be panel with representatives of the supermarket industry, food advocacy groups, and the executive director of the film - Sanjay Rawal, to discuss the current challenges in the food industry, and growing opportunities for entrepreneurs to make a difference. Limited spots available, please RSVP here.

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Lunch Series

Oct 30

11:45AM-12:45PM

Industry Focus: Clean Energy, Featuring NextEra

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Sustainability Lunch Series

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November

Conference

Nov 6-8

12-12AM

Net Impact Conference

Choose from 100 interactive sessions—including panels, workshops, debates, competitions, and networking salons—led by the world’s leaders in social and environmental impact.  Register Here.

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Conference

Nov 6-7

7:30AM-1PM

Climate CoLab Conference

Crowds & Climate: From Ideas to Action -- a day-and-a-half program on how new technology-enabled, crowd-based approaches can help in developing creative new ideas and taking meaningful action on climate change.  In this year's event, we'll roll up our sleeves and work to figure out how to implement an innovative set of ideas to address climate change.

http://www.climatecolab.org/conference2014

Thursday, 11/6 7:30am - 6:00pm and Friday, 11/7 from 7:30am - 1:00pm

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Lunch Series

Nov 6

11:45AM-12:45PM

Industry Focus: Consulting, Featuring AccountAbility

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A traditional MBA career path often leads to internships and jobs in consulting.  This session explores consulting through the lens of Sustainability.  Representatives from AccountAbility, a Leading sustainability consulting firm based in NYC (CEO - Sunny Misser, MBA '93) will present their perspectives on the current trends in Sustainability Consulting, including reporting, metrics, and partnerships.  They  will be joined by a panel of current students and Alumni in the field.   
About AccountAbility:
AccountAbility is a think tank and advisory services firm focusing on mainstreaming sustainability into organisational thinking and practice. By providing innovative and practical solutions, they help our clients improve their business performance, create value, and build a sustainable competitive advantage. Their widely-used standards, leading research, and strategic advisory services help organisations become more accountable, responsible, and sustainable.

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/llvVhO

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Lunch Series

Nov 12

11:45AM-12:45PM

Industry Focus: Food & Beverage, Featuring Anheuser-Busch InBev

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Come meet John Rogers, Global Agricultural Development Manager for Anheuser-Busch InBev. John will discuss how he leveraged his MBA and experience in social enterprise (such as with Root Capital here in Boston) into a position in a large multinational. In his role, John is responsible for developing new sources of malt barley supply for AB InBev.  He also coordinates AB InBev’s agricultural development portfolio, a collection of pilot and scale initiatives that focus on improving farm productivity, economic resiliency and environmental stewardship across AB InBev’s existing malt barley supply chains.  He successfully launched initiatives include SmartBarley, a global farmer-to-farmer benchmarking platform, the expansion of an irrigation scheduling program in the United States, a satellite imagery pilot in Russia, irrigation research trials in China and a soil and fertility management program in Mexico.  John holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

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Nov 17

11:45AM-12:45PM

Net Impact and E&I Clubs Host: Building a Values-Driven Financial Services Company with Mike Taormina, CFO of CommonBond

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Please join E&I, Net Impact and CommonBond​ (values-driven financial services company)​ for lunch and a presentation featuring Mike Taormina, Co-Founder and CFO of CommonBond. Mike will speak about his experience starting a company while in business school, the significance of the company's Social Promise, and opportunities for first and second years to join the CommonBond team in New York City. 

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Nov 17

5:30-7PM

Net Impact Leadership Interest Session

Firebrand Saints

Interested in being a president or VP for Net Impact? Please join us for an informal networking session with this year's leadership. The leadership application and voting process will happen in early December of this year, with a leadership transition happening at the start of the spring semester. If you have questions, please contact Carolyn duPont or Mike Carter. 

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Lunch Series

Nov 19

11:45AM-12:45PM

Building Food System 6.0 with Paul Matteucci

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Paul Matteucci is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, corporate executive, fly fisherman and home cook. He is passionate about building companies, creating jobs with opportunity, recreating the global food system, building the world’s first privately-funded national park, cooking, baseball, mystery novels and his family. 

Paul is an Operating Partner at U.S. Venture Partners, one of the true pioneers of venture capital, which have helped make Silicon Valley a leader in IT technology and health care innovation. He is also the Founder of Feeding 10 Billion, a non-profit initiative focused on building a robust eco-system of information and people to help entrepreneurs start and grow their food-system businesses.

See the attached flyer for more information.

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/C5Niqz

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December

Lunch Series

Dec 3

11:45AM-12:45PM

Career Focus: Sustainability Management, Featuring Verizon CSO Jim Gowan

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Sustainability Lunch Series

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