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

Feb 9

6-8PM

Sustainability Mixer

Moon Bar, 304 Stuart Street, 1st Floor

Join us for our first Sustainability Mixer of the year. In conjunction with Net Impact’s career trek, Sustainability Initiative will be hosting a happy hour with other sustainability-interested students over provided appetizers. This is a great way to connect with the Sustainability Initiative and other student clubs.Local area alumni will also be joining the event.

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Feb 15

5-9PM

From the Ashes: Screening with Jon Kamen of RadicalMedia

Bartos Theater - E15-070

Join a screening of "From the Ashes" followed by a discussion featuring Jon Kamen of RadicalMedia

From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. From the Ashes invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.

Learn more: https://www.fromtheashesfilm.com

Door open at 5:00PM and the screening begins at 5:30PM

Dinner will be served

Hosted by:

Environmental Solutions Initiative, Sustainability Initiative, and Fossil Free MIT

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Lunch Series

Feb 22

11:45-12:45AM

Bevi: Sustainable Innovation with Sean Grundy, MBA 2013

E-62-223

Co-founder Sean will talk about his path developing and scaling an environmental start-up, the pros and cons of having a social or environmental mission, and how to fundraise in today's VC environment.

Bevi is a beverage technology company that has raised $28M in venture capital and is (probably) the fastest growing beverage company in the country. The company's mission is to entirely eliminate disposable bottles and cans by making it possible to get any beverage directly from a faucet. Their co-founder Sean will talk about his path developing and scaling an environmental start-up, the pros and cons of having a social or environmental mission, and how to fundraise in today's VC environment. He'll discuss the challenges in trying to staying true to Bevi's environmental mission while facing increasing external pressure.

Prior to founding Bevi, Sean worked in water conservation at an environmental non-profit organization in the US and China. He has an MBA from MIT and a BA in Philosophy from Princeton University.
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March

Lunch Series

Mar 1

11:45AM-12:45PM

Growing a Career in Sustainability with Kathy Loftus - Whole Foods Market’s Global Sustainability Leader

E62-223

Kathy’s passion for sustainability, green and renewable energy, green building practices and resource optimization drives her to make a real positive change in the world.

As the global leader of sustainability for Whole Foods Market, Inc., the world’s leading natural and organic foods retailer, Kathy’s passion for sustainability, green and renewable energy, green building practices and resource optimization drives her to make a real positive change in the world. Whether continuously rethinking how to use available technologies and, when those don’t fit her needs, helping develop new technology that will to serving as a catalyst and conduit for connecting people, programs and solutions. From starting as a mechanical engineer to working at an electric utility, a New England Food Retailer and then a start up technology company, Kathy grew her career into a mission and passion where she combines engineering, finance and communication to forward that mission.

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Mar 9-8

8AM-5PM

MIT Sustainability Summit 2018: Good Jobs for a Thriving Economy

Four Seasons Hotel

The MIT Sustainability Summit is an annual event that has grown to include more than 350 attendees ranging from professionals, academics, and students. 

As one of the world’s preeminent research universities, MIT and its five schools --science, engineering, architecture and planning, humanities and social science, and management--are in a unique position to bring business and societal leaders together with academic researchers and students to address challenges in sustainability.

 

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April

Apr 2-4

8AM-5PM

Executive Education: Strategies for Sustainable Business

E62

This innovative three-day program uniquely applies MIT frameworks of process improvement and system dynamics to the topic of sustainability in an effort to help participants return to their organizations with practical strategies for manifesting consensus and change—at both the micro and macro levels.

This innovative three-day program uniquely applies MIT frameworks of process improvement and system dynamics to the topic of sustainability in an effort to help participants return to their organizations with practical strategies for manifesting consensus and change—at both the micro and macro levels.

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Lunch Series

Apr 5

11:45AM-12:45PM

Maintaining a Commitment to Your Career and to Sustainability: Lily Russell

E62 Room 223

Oh, the Places You Can Go! Maintaining a Commitment to Your Career and to Sustainability: A discussion with Lily Hooks (Russell), Director of Strategy for Nike Inc & Converse

Our experience at MIT Sloan can launch us on a variety of fulfilling career paths. Similarly, many of us are committed to having an impact and working in sustainability. These are not mutually exclusive. This discussion will center on upholding both commitments: career & sustainability. In the spirit of the ‘Places You Can Go,’ Lily Hooks recently transitioned from Director of Strategy for Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing at Nike, Inc to Director of Strategy for Operations at Converse (part of Nike, Inc.). 

Previously she ran her own consultancy, Explain the Chain, while writing a children’s book and teaching in Bard College’s MBA program. Before Explain the Chain, Lily helped lead the Supply Chain Sustainability practice area at Deloitte Consulting. Lily has her MBA from MIT Sloan and BA from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

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