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

February

Lunch Series

Feb 5

12-1PM

Sustainability Lunch Series Kickoff Meeting featuring a Job Search workshop sponsored by the Social Impact Club

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Wednesday, February 5 at 2:00pm

Come join the Sustainability Initiative and the Social Impact Club (now Net Impact Club) for lunch and conversation as we kick off the spring semester. We'll talk about the initiatives for the spring — including Lunch Series programming, the Sustainability "Change Initiative Challenge", the Impact Investing series, job search networking and resources, OneSloan service day, and the Social Impact Club's rebranding back to Net Impact. And for those of you who are gearing up your job search in the social impact space for summer or full-time, we'll have a quick exercise to get you networked and chatting with other Sloanies interested in the same issues. 

Please fill out this survey ahead of time – it will take 2 minutes and will help us tailor career programming and connect you with like-minded Sloanies.

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Lunch Series

Feb 18

11:45AM-12:45PM

“Financing the Transition to Sustainability” Mini-Series:  Introduction to Finance and Sustainability

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Tuesday, February 18th at 11:45am

Join the Sustainability Initiative and Sloan Net Impact for the kickoff session of our impact investing mini-series! 

During this first session, Jason Jay, Director of MIT’s Sustainability Initiative, will explore the intersection of finance and sustainability.  Can we show that companies have the ability to shift from traditional, ROI-driven institutions to ones that not only aim to deliver value for stakeholders but also build a “high-sustainability culture?”  Given a broader definition of financial institutions, what are the implications for corporations, society and individuals?  Jason will lead a lively, engaging and interactive discussion with Jeffrey Shames, senior lecturer in MIT Sloan’s Finance department, and Glenn Cunningham, Associate Director of the MIT Sloan Career Development Office. 

Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP for Tuesday’s session http://goo.gl/ELR22x. 

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Feb 20

4:01-4:01PM

Film Series: 180∘ South (2010)

TBD

A cult classic for lovers of Patagonia Inc, the film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.  Along the way he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life - and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado. Jeff's life turns when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature - and have come to Patagonia to spend their fortunes to protect it. 

Co-sponsored by Thoughtforms and the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan

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Lunch Series

Feb 27

11:45AM-12:45PM

Lunchtime Roundtable: How to Find an Impact Job in 10 Days* with Kevin Flynn, VP at Commongood Careers Presented by: Net Impact, SEID, and the Sustainability Initiative

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This conversation is aimed at helping people running non-traditional career searches and we're sure Kevin Flynn will have some great and targeted advice. Kevin is the VP of Recruitment and Candidate Services for Commongood Careers, a recruiting and executive search firm here in Boston that places people in high-level impact jobs across the country. Following up on his presentation with the CDO at the beginning of the year, Kevin will host a roundtable discussion on best practices for finding an impact job and answer questions you have about the process.

Please RSVP here: http://goo.gl/5DcsCn

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March

Lunch Series

Mar 5

11:45AM-12:45PM

Social Impact Bond Workshop with Third Sector Capital Partners

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Part of the “Financing the Transition to Sustainability” Mini-Series

Wednesday, March 5th at 11:45am

As one of the fastest-growing social innovations in recent years, we are thrilled to have Pay for Success (PFS, also called social impact bonds) as part of the Impact Investing Mini-Series. John Grossman, an MIT Sloan Fellow alum and Project Manager for the recently announced $27 million dollar Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Initiative, will host this session. John will speak about the emerging PFS sector and will use an interactive case study to guide participants through the roles and decisions involved in building the country's first PFS initiatives.

Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP http://goo.gl/9ptNOk

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Mar 10

11:45AM-12:45PM

Manuel Piñuela, CTO of Drayson Racing Technologies

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. Last year its racing vehicle managed to achieve a top speed of 204.2mph (328.6km/h), breaking the World Land Speed Record For Electric Cars (https://vimeo.com/69173273).

The company is preparing for its participation in the new Formula-E Championship, while embracing a sustainable technology R&D business (http://www.draysonracingtechnologies.com/).

Please join us to check out how technologies such as wireless power transfer will simplify our lives and completely modify the way we interact with transportation systems

Please register in the following LINK (Lunch will served)

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Lunch Series

Mar 13

11:45AM-12:45PM

Sustainability in the Private Equity Sector – how leading financial institutions are creating value from a new lens

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The value creation thesis of private equity (PE) investors is to build stronger, more profitable, and resilient businesses.  Specifically, in today’s business context, PE-owned portfolio companies are facing a host of emerging sustainability challenges related to unprecedented environmental, social, and governance (ESG) pressures.  Topics like energy, reporting requirements, human rights, supply chain transparency, and increased investor scrutiny have created new risks and opportunities for companies to create value. 

Come join Beth Lowery, Senior Advisor for Environment and Sustainability at TPG, a leading global private investment firm with $55 billion of capital under management, and Kirk Hourdajian (MBA ’07), Manager in PwC’s Sustainable Business Solutions team, to explore how private equity investors are integrating sustainability across the deal continuum to reduce costs, drive revenue, and mitigate risks. 

In this candid conversation, Kirk and Beth will discuss the following topics, and will encourage student participation for further exploration:

Why is private equity interested in sustainability?  What have been the drivers for this work?
What does it take to convince investors and deal partners that this topic is important?
What are the different approaches for operationalizing this work?

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Mar 13

6-8PM

PwC Happy Hour

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PwC hosts a Happy Hour after their lunch series event on March 13th.  Kirk Hourdajian and Beth Lowery will be attending.

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Mar 20

6-8:30PM

Film Series: The Last Call

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40 years ago a book shook the world. The Limits to Growth became a best seller world wide. It was based on a report by a team of brave scientists from the MIT. Today their message is more relevant than ever:  Planet Earth has its limits. Economic growth at full pace will bring our society and environment into overshoot and on the edge of collapse.  The documentary Last Call tells the story of the rise and fall, and of today’s rebirth of one of the most controversial and inspiring environmental books of all times. We follow the events through the book’s mentors– Aurelio Peccei and Jay Forrester – and the authors – Dennis and Donella Meadows, Jørgen Randers and Bill Behrens. All different personalities united by their care for future generations. 

http://www.lastcallthefilm.org/

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April

Apr 2

11:45AM-12:45PM

Monique Oxender, Sr. Dir. of Sustainability for GMCR Keurig

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Monique Oxender leads the efforts of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) to brew a better world. She joined GMCR in 2012 and has navigated a path for integrated sustainability management during the recent period of growth and change. This journey travels directly through the intersection of world benefit and business value, informed by meaningful internal and external stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining GMCR, Oxender designed and developed a leading supply chain sustainability program for Ford Motor Company.

Please save the date for a lunchtime discussion with Monique Oxender who leads GMCR Keurig's sustainability strategy. Monique will talk about the opportunities and challenges that GMCR Keurig has faced in establishing and pursuing its sustainability strategy in the face of big changes in the organization. 

Lunch will be served so please RSVP here

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Apr 2

12-1PM

Dean’s Innovative Leader Series

Wong Auditorium

Carl Bass, President and CEO of AutoDesk, Inc.

Light lunch available

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Lunch Series

Apr 8

11:45AM-12:45PM

Killing a MidWest Generation

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Kim Wasserman is a community organizer and Director of the Chicago-based Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. She was the North American recipient of the 2013 Goldman Prize – a highly prestigious award given to grassroots environmental heroes from six  continents each year – for her involvement in shutting down the Fisk and Crawford Coal plants of southwest Chicago; two of the nation’s oldest and dirtiest power plants. She has been the Keynote Speaker at such events as Power Shift 2013 and Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps training. Wasserman will be sharing with us the lessons that we can draw from her personal journey: from concerned single mother to  internationally recognized environmental leader.

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Apr 8

6-9PM

Climate Change and the Ski Industry

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You MUST RSVP — space is limited to 100, if your name isn’t on the list, you won’t be admitted.

The Sustainability Initiative and the Sloan Ski & Snowboard Club are proud to present, in co-operation with Protect Our Winters, a discussion and reception with…

Porter Fox, Editor of Powder Magazine and Author of Deep: The Story of Snow and the Future of Skiing

Auden Schendler, VP of Sustainability for Aspen Skiing Company, and author of Getting Green Done

**food and beverage will be provided all evening**

Porter and Auden are thrilled to be with us, and plan to stick around after to get to know our community.  So, please plan to stay after!  Finally, if you take the POW Seven Pledge — you will be entered into drawings for Free Gear Giveaways provided by Burton, POC, Black Diamond and More!

This is a call to action! The last decade has been the hottest on record.  And each of the last three decades has been warmer than the decade before.  No group sees this more clearly every year than winter sports enthusiasts, who, over the past half a decade have witnessed over a million square miles of spring snow cover disappear.  At the current rate of warming, experts estimate that the average ski days per season will soon dip below 100, and the probability of pre-christmas runs will decline by 75%.  The affect of declining snowfall, and warmer winters on ski resorts, means more snowmaking, which means more energy consumption, and greater strain on environmental resources.  Not to mention rising costs for the skiers who will bear the brunt of the cost to manage the increase in maintenance.  To raise awareness of the issues facing the ski industry,  Author and Editor Porter Fox, and VP of Sustainability for Aspen Skiing Company, Auden Schendler, will lead a lively discussion meant to both energize and engage our Sustainability and Snow Sports Community to start a movement and ignite change.

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Lunch Series

Apr 17

9:08-9:08AM

Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Informed Investing

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Part of the Financing the Transition to Sustainability Mini-Series

An investment fiduciary's subconscious instinctively jumps to the conclusion that profit maximization and delivering social value are at odds, which is not supported by economic theory, systems dynamics theory, or empirical evidence over the long-term.  This panel will explore how traditional asset managers are challenging that paradigm and using ESG metrics to inform their investment decisions.  Lead by Rob Wilson, Investment Officer and Institutional Portfolio Analyst at MFS Investment Management, this panel will explore the challenges asset managers are facing in trying to change the perspective on ESG investing.  The panel is comprised of Rob Wilson (MFS), Christina Zimmerman (Wellington), Matt Moscardi (MSCI), Chris McKnett (SsgA), and Mahesh Jayakumar (State Street Global Advisors and Sloan Alumni).

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/2sLlhj

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Apr 17

6-8:30PM

Film Series: One Day, Everything Will be Free

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A feature-length documentary about an ecological restoration project run by a utopian community located in one of the most politically complicated and environmentally degraded terrains in the world—in an area of Haiti referred to locally as "the wasteland."  The movie explores the motivations, contradictions, and broader implications of Sadhana Forest Haiti, an unlikely reforestation community and agriculture project organized around an alternative, cashless economy in an area of Haiti devastated by soil erosion and social immobility.

http://onedayeverythingwillbefree.com/

Co-Sponsored by the MIT Food & Agriculture Club and the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan

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Apr 29

6-8PM

A Fireside Chat with Nike

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We are pleased to host a fireside chat with Eric Sprunk, COO of Nike and Hannah Jones, Vice President of Sustainable Business & Innovation.  The discussion will center around Nike's new case study on sustainability.  But more than that, it will be a unique opportunity to hear from two top executives talk in an informal setting about Nike’s history around sustainability, how future business leaders should innovate around sustainability and how nike has integrated sustainability into their core business.  It will also more broadly touch on the topics of systems change and collaboration.

Hannah Jones is Nike Inc’s VP of Sustainable Business & Innovation.

Eric Sprunk is NIKE, Inc's Chief Operating Officer leading all manufacturing, sourcing, IT and procurement for the company. Sprunk also oversees the company's efforts to drive innovation in the supply chain.

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Hannah Jones is Nike Inc’s VP of Sustainable Business & Innovation.

As VP of Sustainable Business & Innovation, she leads the team mandated with enabling the company to thrive in a future state sustainable economy through closed loop business models. Nike defines the sustainable economy as an economy where people, planet and profit are in balance and where economic growth is decoupled from scarce resources.

The SB&I teams role is to fuel and hothouse sustainable innovation, embed sustainability into the heart of the business model and catalyze system change through innovation partnerships with key constituencies (employees, consumers, policy makers, civil society and other industry) to enable a rapid transition to a sustainable economy.

Hannah was a founding member of the business advisory council to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). From 2007 – 2010 she chaired the Sustainable Consumption initiative for the Consumer Industries grouping of the World Economic Forum and was named a Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum in January of 2007. In 2013, Hannah was awarded the C.K. Prahalad Award for Global Business Sustainability Leadership.

ERIC SPRUNK

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Eric Sprunk is NIKE, Inc's Chief Operating Officer leading all manufacturing, sourcing, IT and procurement for the company. Sprunk also oversees the company's efforts to drive innovation in the supply chain.

Sprunk was previously Executive Vice President of Merchandising & Product where he was responsible for all NIKE Brand product across the company’s footwear, equipment and apparel engines from design and development to manufacturing and sourcing, delivering compelling stories to Nike consumers.

Sprunk joined Nike in 1993 and has worked in senior financial, product and global management roles. His most recent position was Vice President of Global Footwear where he drove the footwear creation process – developing new concepts, driving innovation and ensuring supply chain management across the product categories. Before Nike, Eric was an executive at Price Waterhouse managing the Nike account.

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May

Lunch Series

May 1

11:45AM-12:45PM

Financing the Transition to Sustainability Capstone Event

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Part of the Financing the Transition to Sustainability Mini-Series

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Conference

May 3-4

8AM-5PM

Sixth Annual Sustainability Summit

Media Lab (E14)

This will be the 6th annual MIT Sustainability Summit and has the theme of “Coastal Cities Sustainable Future”. This theme will focus on challenges that coastal cities face. Major cities around the globe, such as Boston, are facing challenges as population grows, climate changes, food, water, and energy resources become scarce but highly on demand.

Coastal cities are caught at the nexus of three forces that dominate the 21st century: rapid urbanization, climate destabilization, and continued integration of the global economy. These cities exhibit confounding duality. They grew at the boundary of sea and land and are shaped by the tension this geography brings. They are simultaneously threatened by the capriciousness of climate change and integral to networks of global trade. If coastal cities can navigate a transition towards sustainability and resilience, it may offer a path forward for the rest of the planet. This conference challenges traditional notions of urban development to ask how coastal cities can be the key to global sustainability.

Over the two day event, we will explore the challenges of achieving sustainability in these cities that must balance their role as a home to hundreds of millions of people with their role as major throughways for goods and knowledge in an interconnected world. We will hear from leaders in infrastructure, finance, government, fisheries, climate change, and technology about successes and failures of cities seeking this balance. Throughout the event participants will have the opportunity to experience the complexities of decision making in these coastal urban contexts in workshops, role playing simulations, and computer-based games.

To stay updated on the Summit, please check our website.

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May 21-

12AM-

Pictures from the 2014 Sustainability Summit

Check out the photos from the MIT Sustainability Summit 2014.  

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May 22

6-8:30PM

Film Series: ELEMENTAL

TBD

An inspiring and unusually intimate portrait of modern environmental activism, ELEMENTAL inter-weaves the stories of three remarkable eco-warriors from across the globe. Separated by oceans, the characters in this film share an unwavering commitment to protecting nature. 

http://elementalthefilm.com/trailer/

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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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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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