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A ‘mutually beneficial’ partnership: the Sustainability Internship Program builds students’ skillsets and enables companies to strategically invest in sustainability

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MIT Sloan and the Sustainability Initiative convened a roundtable for alumni leaders in renewable energy for two days of discussion, debate, and networking

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EDF

The Environmental Defense Fund and MIT Sloan work closely on a variety of issues, from climate change to sustainable fisheries.

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EDF’s Climate Corps places graduate student fellows, including many from MIT, in organizations to help them increase energy efficiency.

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The Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan helps Drew Morales finds the answer to: If I want to make a career out of sustainability, how do I do it?

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MIT Sloan’s emphasis on hands-on learning helps Carolyn Mansfield DuPont clarify her career priorities.

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Sarah Nolet helped Frontier Co-op—the Iowa-based wholesaler of natural and organic products—strengthen how it analyzes data on resource consumption.

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Kathy Lin’s internship at the Environmental Defense Fund taught her about climate change’s impact on local fishing communities.

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Ray Wood—Head of Global Power at Bank of America Merrill Lynch—views renewable energy as a “competitive and compelling investment.”

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Edgar Blanco

MIT’s Dr. Edgar Blanco studies the environmental impact of transportation logistics and supply chain systems.

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John Sterman

MIT Sloan’s John Sterman has pioneered the use of management flight simulators to better understand a range of urgent sustainability issues.

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Brian Toll uses his MIT Sloan education to become an honest broker of home energy efficiency.

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Omar Mitchell parlayed a summer internship with the NHL into a fulltime job as the league’s first-ever Director of Sustainability.

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Next Step Living analyzes home energy efficiency, helping home owners save money with little or no upfront cost.

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The students of schools and universities in Abu Dhabi, UAE, want to work with the world leaders at COP21 to find a solution to the problem of Climate Change. They are educated and innovative young minds, encouraged by various initiatives of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi over the past 17 years. This video shows the journey of the Environment Agency’s multi-pronged educational efforts and the results it has yielded in changing mindsets and bringing about a real impact.

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About the Speakers:
Moderator: Kenneth Oye holds a joint appointment at MIT in Political Science and Engineering Systems, with research and teaching on international relations, political economy and technology policy.

Valerie Karplus is the Class of 1943 Career Development Professor and an Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Noelle Selin is the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Associate Professor in the MIT Institute for Data, Systems and Society and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.

John Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor in Computer Science, a Professor of System Dynamics and Engineering Systems,and the director of the System Dynamics Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Future Heroes: Students from MIT are taking action to implement sustainable and impactful ideas across different industries.

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The Climate Scoreboard shows the progress that national contributions (INDCs) to the UN climate negotiations will make. It also shows that there is more progress to be made to reach international goals and avoid dangerous temperature increase.

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Keynote from the MIT Climate CoLab conference 2014, Crowds & Climate: From Ideas to Action, held November 6-7, 2014, at the MIT campus.

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From the MIT Climate CoLab conference 2014, Crowds & Climate: From Ideas to Action, held November 6-7, 2014, at the MIT campus.

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WGBH Innovation IdeaLab 2013. Prof. Thomas Malone speaks about the MIT Climate CoLab: crowdsourcing solutions to climate change. Climate CoLab is a project of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
Learn more: www.climatecolab.org

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A stimulating conversation on the role of simulation models and big data in mitigation and adaptation planning, and how they can be opened up to the general public.

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Carter Williams, Managing Director, OI Ventures
MIT Sloan Professional Seminar in Sustainability
October 4, 2011

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Jigar Shah, CEO
MIT Sloan Sustainability Speaker Series
November 2, 2011

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John Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management , MIT Sloan School of Management
MIT SDM Conference
October 21, 2010

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How do established companies respond to the entry of hybrid social ventures in their industries? Hybrid social ventures—new companies that combine business and social missions—use sustainability-oriented strategies to compete with established companies for some of their most desirable customers and employees. Yet hybrid social ven...

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Global climate change is a pressing problem currently facing humanity.  The climate crisis calls upon us to engage in effective collective decision making on a global scale.

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Global climate change is one of the most challenging problems humanity has ever faced. Fortunately, a new way of solving large, complex problems has become possible in just the last decade or so. Examples like Wikipedia and Linux illustrate how the work of thousands of people can be combined in ways that would have been impossible only a few years ag...

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Our civilization is unsustainable and it is getting worse fast.  The human ecological footprint has already overshot the sustainable carrying capacity of the Earth, while population and economic growth are rapidly expanding our impact.  Meeting the legitimate aspirations of billions to rise out of poverty while reducing our ...

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At some point, every one of us has contemplated more environmentally sustainable ways of living and working, from simple acts like recycling a soda can to bigger changes in business strategy and public policy. However, when we try to have a conversation about our ideas beyond “the choir” of environmental advocates, someone has branded us as a “...

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been extraordinarily successful in the task of knowledge synthesis and risk assessment. However, the strong scientific consensus on the detection, attribution, and risks of climate change stands in stark contrast to widespread confusion, complacency and denial among policymakers...

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From climate change, deforestation, and depletion of fossil fuels to overexploited fisheries, species extinction, and poisons in our food and water, our society is unsustainable and it is getting worse fast. Many advocate that overcoming these problems requires the development of systems thinking. We’ve long been told that the unsus...

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Ethanol made from corn comprises 10% of US gasoline, up from 3% in 2003. This dramatic increase was spurred by recent policy initiatives such as the Renewable Fuel Standard and state-level blend mandates, and supported by direct subsidies such as the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit. Some proponents of ethanol have argued that eth...

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Technological advances in horizontal drilling deep underground have led to large-scale discoveries of natural gas reserves that are now economical to access. This, along with increases in oil prices, has fundamentally changed the relative price of oil and natural gas in the United States. As of December 2011, oil was trading at a 500 ...

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Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation in the US have relied on Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards and Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). Economists often argue that these policies are inefficient relative to carbon pricing because they ignore existing vehicles and do not adequately reduce the incent...