MIT Sloan is where world-class faculty, researchers, students, alumni and practitioners from various sectors who are passionate about sustainability gather and challenge the way people think about sustainability. Their ideas and innovations are highlighted in the media, which inspire the community to come together to innovate for a more sustainable world.


October 21, 2015 

MIT announces five-year plan for action on climate change

Hundreds of millions sought for low-carbon research; advocacy for carbon pricing; a call to the alumni and beyond.

October 16, 2015 Mark Dwortzan

Is there a cost effective way to cut carbon?

Researchers at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

September 28, 2015 Justin Gillis and Somini Sengupta

Limited Progress Seen Even as More Nations Step Up on Climate

The pledges that countries are making to battle climate change would still allow the world to heat up by more than 6 degrees Fahrenheit.

September 21, 2015 Jeff Carlson, May Samali, Julie Lein, & Clara Brenner - See more at:

Seeding Mission-Driven Startups

September 11, 2015 Steve Calechman

Moderating Extremes in Building Design

Leon Glicksman develops energy efficiency technologies and strategies for old and new buildings all over the world.

September 9, 2015 

New MBA student’s startup boosts solar energy and equity

Stephanie Speirs named 2015 Echoing Green Fellow and Soros Fellow

August 25, 2015 

To unleash renewable energy in Latin America, build a better battery

Academics, industry experts say storage is missing piece to unleash solar, wind in the region

July 8, 2015 

J-WAFS awards $1.8 million in first round of seed-grant funding

Nine grants of $200,000 for two years have been awarded to researchers from 11 MIT departments.

July 7, 2015 Joe Nocera

The Good Jobs Strategy

July 6, 2015 Catherine Shu

Spoiler Alert App Makes Donating Surplus Food As Easy As Tossing It In A Dumpster

Spoiler Alert founders Ricky Ashenfelter and Emily Malina, MBA 2015

June 24, 2015 Jamie Ducharme

A Somerville Startup Is Making Healthy, Eco-Friendly Beverage Dispensers

Bevi allows office workers to make their own still, sparkling, or flavored drinks.

June 23, 2015 David L. Chandler

Debating Divestment:  Teams discuss pros and cons of eliminating all MIT stock holdings in fossil fuels

Teams discuss pros and cons of eliminating all MIT stock holdings in fossil fuels.

June 23, 2015 

Five people you should meet in sustainability

At the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, students and recent graduates are doing inventive work in firms of all sizes

June 18, 2015 Sara Ashley O'Brien

Startup banks $15M in quest to be ‘best employer’

Call it the anti-Uber model. Office cleaning startup Managed by Q is taking a different approach to the service economy.

June 16, 2015 Martin Sandbu

Free Lunch: There is profit in saving the planet

The Financial Times talks to MIT's Jessika Trancik about the low cost of renewable energy

June 16, 2015 Sacha Pfeiffer

Directing charitable gifts toward startups

Cambridge nonprofit wants philanthropists to consider venture capital options

June 16, 2015 Matthew Lee

Four Strategies for Responding to Sustainability-Oriented Competitors

Sustainability-focused startups are entering established companies’ market space, bringing both new threats and new opportunities. Read more

June 5, 2015 Tony Schwartz

Escalating Demands at Work Hurt Employees and Companies

When people work an excessive number of hours, they devolve

May 26, 2015 

New app designed to reduce food waste

MIT Sloan MBA students found Spoiler Alert to match surplus food inventory with those in need

May 15, 2015 Peter Dizikes

Impact players:  MIT Innovation Initiative conference explores the state of “social impact investing.”

MIT Innovation Initiative conference explores the state of “social impact investing.”

May 4, 2015 Commentary by Jason Jay

How tech can stop the looming food crisis

April 21, 2015 David L. Chandler

MIT hosts debate on pros and cons of fossil-fuel divestment

Participants discuss a proposed elimination of oil, gas, and coal companies from endowment portfolio.

March 30, 2015 

From microbes to methane

February 26, 2015 Rena Pacheco-Theard, MBA '16

Business, Sustainability and Social Change at Net Impact 2014

February 17, 2015 

The Future of Business: From Mechanical to Natural

Giles Hutchins

February 4, 2015 Bart King

Do Sustainability Research Centers View Industry as a Partner or a Client?

Roundtable discussion with the directors of sustainability centers and institutes at six top business schools

February 4, 2015 Kathryn M. O'Neill

LGO student focuses on sustainability in GM internship

February 4, 2015 Adam Miller. MIT Fellow

Guest Post: GM Partners with EPA to Improve Logistical Efficiency


November 13, 2014 Seth Borenstein

Scientists: US-China pact won’t slow warming much

Scientists say that the US-China climate change agreement will not do much on its own.

October 14, 2014 

How to Save the Climate in Twenty Minutes

Climate Interactive co-director Drew Jones presented results from the En-ROADS simulation to an audience at the Smithsonian Institution

October 14, 2014 

To Live in the Anthropocene, People Need Grounded Hope

Smithsonian symposium about human impacts on Earth look past warnings of global doom to discuss the necessary balance of achievable solution

August 19, 2014 


Sloan Alum, Omar Mitchell, released the first Sustainability Report for a professional sports organization.

June 5, 2014 Alex Piña and Sean Gilliland

SDM Team Develops New Solar Power Solution

SDM students Alex Piña '13 and Sean Gilliland '13 believe that solar energy should be accessible to everyone

May 12, 2014 

Interactive tool developed by MIT Sloan professor creates a virtual world for students to explore sustainable management of renewable resources

“Fishbanks” management flight simulation now available for free on MIT Sloan LearningEdge website in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Simpl

April 29, 2014 Marc Gunther

The art and science of systems change

To make underlying systems more sustainable, it takes both tools and compassion, says SecondMuse's Joe Hsueh

April 14, 2014 Thomas A. Kochan

America’s Young Workers:  Destined for Failure?


March 25, 2014 

White House features Climate CoLab

The White House has featured the MIT Climate CoLab as a project consistent with President Obama's Climate Data Initiative

March 17, 2014 Shayna Harris

Meet the Woman Saving Us From a Global Chocolate Drought

Shayna Harris, cocoa sustainability manager for Mars Global Chocolate, explains the need for developed programs for cocoa farmers

March 10, 2014 

MIT Sloan Sustainability Internship Program—Deadline Extended, March 21!

MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative & the CDO are thrilled with the high-caliber organizations participating in the 2014 internship program

March 6, 2014 

Schmidt-MacArthur Fellows announced

Three MIT Sloan students were selected to be Schmidt-MacArthur Fellows: Ricky Ashenfelter, Emily Malina, and Jonathan Krones.

February 28, 2014 Zeynep Ton

Why Raising Retail Pay Is Good for the Gap

Gap's implementation of a higher wage is actually a part of their reserve-in-store program. Ton expresses her opinions on this change.

January 9, 2014 

Student-run Dorm Room Fund makes first investment in soda machine

MIT Sloan startup team Refresh gets an unusual investment for a low-impact bottled water dispenser


November 25, 2013 John Sterman

Making Systems Thinking More than a Slogan

John Sterman's blog post on on identifying key ways that businesses can incorporate systems thinking into sustainability issues.

November 22, 2013 

Words Matter

The Lexicon of Sustainability, a pop-up exhibit about sustainability terms, visits MIT Sloan.

November 20, 2013 Jeffrey Sun, MBA '14

Video Blog on MIT Sloan and Sustainability

Why he chose MIT Sloan to pursue his interests in sustainability

October 25, 2013 Patrick Flynn

IO Runs the Datacenter Like a System

Building new datacenters is difficult. They are expensive, lengthy, and complex IT projects that have massive up front costs and usually...

October 23, 2013 Samantha Joseph, MBA '09

5 job search tips from a skydiving sustainability director

Samantha Joseph is director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Iron Mountain, a data and records management company.

October 16, 2013 

A Cloud-Based Tool for Greener Product Design: Two Sloan School Classes Sign On and So Can You

A cloud-based tool that makes it easier to “design greener products right, from the start.”

October 15, 2013 Yasheng Huang

Beijing Air Pollution

For breathable air, China must reduce the costs of its growth

October 4, 2013 Julie Newman

New position aims to strengthen MIT’s sustainability

Julie Newman appointed to lead the Institute’s programs in sustainable energy, water and other resources.

September 17, 2013 Julie Lein and Clara Brenner, MBA Alumnae

Can Tech Startups Solve Serious Urban Problems? These Companies Think So

A new incubator, Tumml, focuses on an area that has not been as much of a focus for startups: urban problems.

September 10, 2013 John Sterman

John Sterman and team awarded for their paper, “Climate interactive: the C-ROADS climate policy model”

The award was presented in July at the 2013 annual International Conference of the System Dynamics Society here in Cambridge.

September 4, 2013 Barbara Dyer

“Jobs Report Anemic. Can Work Work? ” Good Work Blog

The Hitachi Foundation Good Work Blog provides commentary and insight on business, society, and news of the day.

August 30, 2013 Derek Oliver

Making Energy Efficiency the Norm in Boston- Massachusetts Port Authority

Derek Oliver, MBA '14, interned at Massachusetts Port Authority this summer to help identify energy efficiency opportunities.

August 29, 2013 Geoff Chapin

Next Step Living one of the fastest growing companies in the US

Next Step Living, started by Geoff Chapin (MBA '02) named one of the fastest growing companies in the US!

August 26, 2013 Matthew Amengual

Bringing the law to the factory

While factory labor rules are notoriously hard to enforce, a new study shows how some inspectors are able to uphold workplace standards.

August 6, 2013 Maria Troein

Why I Chose Sloan

Maria Troein, MBA '15, on why she chose MIT Sloan and her interest to pursue the Sustainability Certificate.

August 5, 2013 Jason Jay

Changing the Conversation

Half a century after Silent Spring, the environmental movement risks stalling out. MIT Sloan’s Jason Jay calls for a new approach.

July 30, 2013 Ethan McCall

Sustainability: Building Momentum

Ethan McCall, MBA '15, blogs about his excitement for the sustainability movement at MIT Sloan.

July 28, 2013 Mayank Agarwal

A Splendid Summer

Mayank Agarwal, MBA '14, discusses the Sustainability Certificate, sustainability classes, and internship at MIT Sloan.

July 10, 2013 Matthew Amengual

U.S. retailers agree to Bangladesh plant safety pact

Professor Matthew Amengual discusses the garment factory fire that occurred in Bangladesh and their labor conditions.

June 21, 2013 Caroline Mauldin

Sustainability for Smart Non-Tree-Huggers

Caroline Mauldin, MBA '14, discusses her Sustainability experience at MIT Sloan.

May 9, 2013 Eric Mathis

Sustainability comes to coal country

Social Entrepreneur, discusses the sustainability efforts in a Central Appalachian community.

February 25, 2013 Jorgen Randers

In the Year 2052…

Jorgen Randers, Professor at the Norwegian Business School, discusses his latest book, 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years.

February 5, 2013 Marianna Novellino

System Design and Management Blog

Marianna Novellino SDM '13: a systems approach to environmental sustainability


November 21, 2012 Robin Chase

Alumna Robin Chase shares wisdom on the peer-to-peer concept and starting a company from scratch

Robin Chase, SM ’86, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar speaks at MIT Sloan.

October 2, 2012 Heerad Sabeti

With for-benefit companies, opportunity to do good and drive growth

Heerad Sabeti discusses role of the fourth sector in spurring U.S. economic growth.

October 1, 2012 Robert Litterman

Risk, price, and catastrophe

Former Goldman Sachs Risk Manager talks about the price of climate risk.

July 10, 2012 Shayna Harris

A Day in the Life: Sustainability Manager

Shayna Harris, MIT Sloan MBA 2011, and cocoa sustainability manager for Mars Global Chocolate is featured in Bloomberg Businessweek.

June 27, 2012 Natacha Hardy

Finding value for certain species of the New England groundfish fisheries

Helping Fisherman Diversify Their Portfolio of “Stocks” – How One Rising MIT Sloan Second Year Spends Her Summer.