Heerad Sabeti, Thought Leader on For-Benefit Companies & Fourth Sector
Heerad Sabeti is devoted to pursuing systemic solutions to complex social, environmental and economic challenges.
For over 20 years, he has been working toward the development of a fourth sector of organizations at the intersection of the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The fourth sector is comprised of for-benefit enterprises that are designed to seamlessly integrate public purposes with business means, harnessing entrepreneurial energy to shape a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient economy.
To accelerate the fourth sector’s development, Sabeti has been a driving force behind numerous national and international initiatives. He advises governments, corporations and NGOs on multi-sector collaboration, sustainable economic development, and market-based solutions to societal challenges.Read More
Robin Chase, Transportation Innovator
Robin Chase is founder and CEO of Buzzcar, a service that brings together car owners and drivers in a carsharing marketplace.
Buzzcar.com empowers individuals to take control of their mobility, without looking to governments or big businesses for solutions. Robin is also co–founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world, and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community.
She is on the Board of the World Resources Institute, the US Secretary of Commerce's National Advisory Committee for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and the US Department of Transportation's Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Advisory Committee. She served on the World Economic Forum Future of Transportation Council, the Massachusetts Governor's Transportation transition team, and the Boston Mayor's Wireless Task Force. In 2009, she was included in the Time 100 Most Influential People. Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment. Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management, and was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow.Read More
Richard L. Sandor, Founder of the Chicago Climate Exchange
Dr. Sandor is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Environmental Financial Products LLC, which specializes in inventing, designing and developing new financial markets with a special emphasis on investment advisory services.
He is widely recognized as the “father of financial futures” for his pioneering work in developing the first interest rate futures contract in the 1970s, when he served as chief economist and vice president of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT).
Sandor is also the founder of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) - the world’s first exchange to facilitate the reduction and trading of all six greenhouse gases. In 2007, he was named the “father of carbon trading” by Time Magazine for his work in designing, developing and launching CCX and affiliated exchanges.
Sandor is known for asserting that the next financial revolution will be in the convergence of the financial markets and the environment. He is often credited for founding the field of Environmental Finance. His first book, “Good Derivatives: A Story of Financial and Environmental Innovation”, was published in February 2012.Read More
Jorgen Randers, Strategist for the Future of the Planet
What Will Our Future Look Like? How many people will the planet need to support? Will there be enough energy and food? Which nations will prosper and which will suffer? Will the belief in endless growth crumble?
Drawing on global forecasting tools, his own experience in the sustainability arena, and predictions of thirty–five leading thinkers, Randers guides us through the future he feels is most likely to emerge. Not to scare us, but to prepare us, and, when necessary, sound a call for changing course.
Jorgen Randers is professor of climate strategy at the Norwegian School of Management, where he works on climate issues and scenario analysis. He lectures internationally on sustainable development, and especially climate, within and outside corporations. He was the co-author of the original Limits to Growth study in 1972 and has just completed a book, 2052—A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years.
Geoff Chapin, MBA ’02, Founder and CEO for Next Step Living Inc.
Geoff is founder and CEO of Next Step Living, a New England-based residential energy efficiency company providing home energy diagnostics, improvements, remodeling and building to the greater New England area.
NSL is dedicated to helping whole communities lower their energy bills, increase the comfort of their homes and reduce their carbon footprint. The company partners with major utilities, cities and employers to make it as easy as possible to take action.
Geoff has served as a teacher at his Alma Mater, The Roxbury Latin School, and is a graduate of The Kennedy School of Government and MIT's Sloan School of Management. Prior to this he worked at a consulting firm with organizations in the healthcare, nonprofit, and financial services sectors. Geoff has also worked in the public housing sector at the Community Builders in Boston and advised the Housing Authority of San Francisco. Geoff received his BA from Williams College in Political Economics. Geoff is a native of the Boston area having grown up and lived in Westwood, Dedham, Wellesley, West Roxbury, Newton and Brookline.Read More
Introduction to Sustainability@SloanE51-315 –
We will launch the series with a discussion about what sustainability means at MIT Sloan, how it is changing the landscape of business and careers, and how we as a community of professionals can contribute. We will feature a panel of students involved in different areas of Sustainability, and provide students with a road map of access points to get involved.
Featured Speaker: Jason Jay, Director, Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan
Student Panelists: Jeff Sun, MBA ’14 – MIT Sustainability Summit Content Co-Director; Mayank Agarwal, MBA ’14 – Sustainability Intern, EDF; Derek Oliver, MBA ’14 - Climate Corps Fellow, MassportRead More
Walk the Talk: Sustainability@MITE51-315 –
MIT Students, Faculty and Staff have a long history of launching successful campaigns across campus to educate and rally the community around sustainability issues. This session will focus on how students can get involved, from participating in conferences, to reusing their unwanted household items. The session will feature a lively dialogue among community members involved in sustainability initiatives across campus.
Featured Speakers: Jason Jay, Director and Bethany Patten, Associate Director, Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan
Panelists: Jonathan Krones, PhD MIT Engineering Systems Division - Sustainability@MIT President; Kevin Berkmeyer, MBA ’14 – Co-President MIT Energy Club; Alex Borschow, MBA ’14 – MIT Food & Agriculture Club PresidentRead More
Meet Kapil Mandal, A Global Celebrity from the Base of the Pyramid3-370 –
Mr. Mandal will discuss his application of innovative microfinance models to transform impoverished Lakhikantapur, India (roughly 70 km from Calcutta) into a place of new opportunity and hope. Mr. Mandal has helped nurture a self-sustaining, green community in a place that was disadvantaged by salty, barren soil even up to thirty years ago.
The Boston Pledge wishes to explore how the Lakhikantapur model could inspire villages around the world to become centers of economic excellence. We hope to form a Rural Innovation Center to create a distributed economic development model with the villages as the centers of innovation and economic advance. It is our hope in the process humanity will be able to reverse the random and chaotic urbanization in the emerging economies, while developed economies could rethink how the next phase of socioeconomic progress will need to be shaped.
We will be honored if you could join us in these special events. As it is a special occasion to discuss the development of the Rural Innovation Center, we will value your and your friends' active participation.
Refreshments will be served. Register at http://www.eventedge.biz/village (student tickets are free).Read More
2013 Women in Clean Energy SymposiumLive Webcast –
As part of the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) program, run by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium aims to advance the careers and leadership of women in the field. Hosted by MIT, the event provides women and men in clean energy with a range of perspectives, analysis and data on clean energy challenges and opportunities. It will include distinguished speakers, panels covering a range of energy topics, award presentations and networking sessions.
The webcast will feature today's and tomorrow's sessions organized around key areas for clean energy: Technology/Innovation, the Developing World, U.S. Energy Policy, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Implementation, Education/Mentorship, among others.Read More
Admissions Event: (Re)Defining SustainabilityE51-345 –
Please join us on a presentation focused on sustainability as well as to learn more about MIT Sloan programs. The Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan is built on the promise of a new future. We believe that environmental, societal, economic, business, and personal wellbeing are parts of an interconnected whole. The strains we face in each of these domains demand that we think differently and invent new ways of living and working. We are committed to creating a new vision for progress and prosperity and a world that will flourish and thrive for generations. We empower students, faculty, researchers, and business leaders to join together in this endeavor.
6:30 – 7:00pm: Professor Jason Jay to give an overview on Sustainability and the Sustainability Initiative here at MIT Sloan
7:00 – 7:45pm: Student panel and Q&A
7:45 – 8:30pm: Reception with all attendees
Register here.Read More
2013 Net Impact Conference Trek Information SessionE51-335 –
In just over a month, the Sloan Social Impact club will be visiting sunny NorCal for the 2013 edition of the premier event for social impact in the U.S. It is an opportunity to network and learn from students and professionals from all over the country who are leveraging their skills for social good. The conference is held October 24-26 in Silicon Valley, CA at the San Jose Convention Center. If you are interested in learning more or attending the trek, this session is for you. Please RSVP by entering Y/N next to your name here.
Topics covered: Go over the weekend's jam-packed itinerary, register for tickets, and coordinate accommodations and logistics. Lunch will also be served.Read More
Best Fit Forward: Which Career Opportunities Match Your Impact and Income Priorities?E51-315 –
Have you ever felt caught between your head and your heart, not sure which to listen to when it comes to your next career move? Are you interested in environmental sustainability, impact investing or social change careers but are unsure about where to look for internship or job opportunities in these fields, or concerned about the tradeoffs you might need to make to build an impact-driven career? Join Dr. Mrim Boutla of More Than Money Careers to get access to a framework and practical exercises to help you identify which career path best aligns with your unique skills, career, and life priorities. You'll leave the workshop with the tools and resources you need to effectively compete for internships and jobs that successfully blend financial return with social impact and environmental stewardship.
Guest Practitioner: Dr. Mrim Boutla Co-Founder & Managing Partner - More Than Money Careers
Evening Session: Best Fit Forward: Which Career Opportunities Match Your Impact and Income Priorities?E62-262 –
This event is a continuation of the Lunch Series session. Please RSVP here.
Requirements: Please bring a laptop or tablet; all workshop attendees will create an account and complete the Get Clear section of our new elearning platform (www.mtmc.co). Please register for your account via our MIT account - http://www.mtmc.co/index.php?/register/SLOAN
MIT CTL Distinguished Speaker Series with Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Unilever32-155 –
MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics invites you to join their next speaker series with Pier Luigi Sigismondi.
Title: A world class supply chain that delivers sustainable and profitable growth
Light lunch will be served at 11:45 AM.
Extended Q&A at 1:00-1:30 PM.
Unilever’s vision is to double the size of its business while reducing its environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact. The supply chain, through its unique model of leveraging global scale whilst maintaining local agility through a set of world class capabilities, is proving to be a true competitive advantage for the business. Learn how the supply chain is at the heart of Unilever’s world renowned sustainability program and is driving the frontiers of sustainability and positive social impact to make the world a better place.Read More
Defining Leadership Capabilities to Run Sustainable OrganizationsE51-315 –
In this session we explore the essential capabilities that organizations are developing to respond to sustainability challenges, and that you can develop as individuals to be effective contributors.
Guest Practitioners: Christoph Lueneburger
Lunch provided; please RSVP here.
Doing Well by Doing Good – Energy SectorE51-315 –
The Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan and the Masters in Finance Program are pleased to bring Mark Tourangeau, VP of Trading Risk to discuss “Sustainability and Doing Well by Doing Good” at NextEra Energy, Inc.
Named No. 1 on the list of the World’s Most Admired Companies among electric and gas utilities in Fortune magazine, NextEra Energy, Inc. is leading the clean-energy space. They are the largest generator of renewable energy from wind and sun in North America and generate clean, emissions-free electricity from commercial nuclear power units in the U.S.
In addition to its revenues of approximately $14.3 billion and more than 42,000 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity, in 2012 alone, employees of NextEra Energy, Inc. invested over 20,000 hours of time in various charitable organizations such as Autism Speaks, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the Alzheimer’s Association, American Red Cross, and Meals on Wheels -- to name a few.
Mark Tourangeau focuses on Market Risk, Risk Operations and Credit Risk for the retail and wholesale commodity businesses at NextEra Energy, Inc. Mark has over 17 years of experience in merchant energy trading and the financial markets, and has previously held positions of Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and in the interest rate derivatives group at TD Bank. Mark has an M.A. in Environmental Economics from the University of New Mexico, a B.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.
Lunch provided; RSVP here.Read More
2013 Net Impact ConferenceSan Jose Convention Center –
The Net Impact Conference is the leading forum for students and professionals who want to use their careers to tackle the world's toughest social and environment problems. The conference will be held this year on October 24th-26th in Silicon Valley at the San Jose Convention Center. Interested parties can sign up through the MIT Social Impact Club. Please send a statement of interest to David Chen.
Key note speakers:
-Denise Morrison, President & CEO, Campbell Soup Company
-Robert Safian (Moderator), Editor & Managing Director, Fast Company
-Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF
-Carol Cone (Moderator), Global Practice Chair, Edelman Business + Social Purpose
-Premal Shah, President, Kiva
-Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
-Ken Cohen, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, ExxonMobil
-Blake Mycoskie, Founder & Chief Shoe Giver, TOMSRead More
Sustainability Careers Part 1 – Varieties of role and organizationE51-315 –
Sustainability, as an emerging field, rarely shows itself through the on-campus “manufactured market” of MBA recruiting. The most interesting opportunities in the space often occur through “the market you make” or networked job search. This session will feature the diverse set of tools available to students seeking social impact jobs. It will carefully explore Katie Kross’s 2x2 matrix of traditional vs. sustainability-oriented roles in traditional vs. sustainability-oriented companies. Life in each quadrant of that matrix feels quite different. Are they appropriate for people with different orientations and at different stages of career?
Featured Speaker: Sue Kline, MIT Sloan Career Development Office – Co-Director
Varieties of role and organization
In this session, we will explore the great diversity of professional roles where sustainability can be a driver of business value and social impact.
Traditional vs. Sustainability-oriented Roles: As companies grow their sustainability strategies, there are two types of role to play in moving things forward. One is the dedicated sustainability staff member, who often leads through influence and works to engage the core business units and functional staff. The second is the person embedded in a more traditional role – e.g., strategy, supply chain, marketing, or operations – but brings a sustainability lens to their work. This session highlights this distinctionbetween “traditional” and “sustainability-oriented” roles.
Traditional vs. Sustainability-oriented organizations: We consider the variety of sustainability-oriented organizations, including NGOs and hybrid, for-benefit, or “fourth sector” organizations.Read More
Climate CoLab ConferenceKresge Auditorium –
Top-down approaches to dealing with climate change haven't worked very well. This conference will focus on a bottom-up approach: using new information technologies--like crowdsourcing, social media, and big data--to develop innovative ideas for what to do and to stimulate action in many parts of society.
The conference will bring together:
- Leading experts on key issues related to climate change and to new information technologies
- Innovative thinkers from the general public presenting ideas they developed in the MIT Climate CoLab, an online community that harnesses the world's collective intelligence to address climate change (Winners of the CoLab's 18 contests will present their ideas, the top proposal will be awarded a Grand Prize of $10,000, and the winners of the CoLab Referral Prize will also be announced.)
- Key decision-makers from business, government, and other organizations to provide input on how to make these ideas actually work
Live from Kazakhstan… It’s PwC! Building cities of the future- smart, sustainable & resilientE62-250 –
Come learn how PwC is creating the strategy for smart cities around the world.
Mark Hannye is a Partner who leads the Advisory practice in Eurasia and the Deals practice for CIS. Based now in Astana, Mark previously worked for the last 15 years in Russia.
Nick Shufro is a Director in PwC's Sustainability Business Solutions responsible for leading the Astana, Kazakhstan Smart City project and coordinating with PwC Kazakhstan, PwC's Cleantech and State and State government practices.
Please RSVP by filling out your name at the following link so that we order enough food for everyone: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au5RFATnGN9KdFNaOXNMVFFROU9jVDQ4Rkhjd2xfNlE&usp=sharing
Sustainable Sanitation in AfricaE62-221 –
SEID is excited to welcome back to Sloan our former co-President, David Auerbach, cofounder of Sanergy.
Join us for a lunch discussion in which David will talk about Sanergy's story coming up through Sloan, winning the 100K and growing Sanergy into the leading social enterprise that it is today.
David Auerbach graduated with an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, where he was the co-President of Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development. Prior to MIT, he ran the Partnerships, Policy, and Outreach division at Endeavor, a global nonprofit that supports High-Impact Entrepreneurs in emerging economies. David was the Deputy Chair for Poverty Alleviation at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005-6, and taught in China for two years as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow.
Sanergy promotes the fundamental human right to sanitation in the slums of Kenya by increasing access to and usage of hygienic sanitation facilities. Sanergy creates an efficient, equitable, and sustainable sanitation cycle by building a dense network of small-scale sanitation centers across the slums, developing a low-cost containerized waste collection infrastructure, and converting this waste at a central processing facility in to electricity, fertilizer, and other high-margin products.
EcoDistricts SummitBoston Convention & Exhibition Center –
The 2013 EcoDistricts Summit is a can’t-miss event for leaders shaping and building the urban neighborhoods of the future.
Each year, the Summit convenes leading municipal policymakers, developers, business leaders, planners, and community leaders – people with decision-making power – to share best practices and shape the growing EcoDistricts marketplace. Join us in Boston, and you will leave the Summit better connected, better prepared, informed and inspired to build the neighborhoods of the future. Register here.
The Lexicon of Sustainability Comes to MIT!E62 Roberts Family Forum –
What's the difference between 'pasture raised' and 'cage free'?
What are 'aquaponics'?
What is an 'urban farm' really?
Come see amazing photo collages that explain these and other important terms in food and agriculture as part of the pop-up exhibit courtesy of the Boston Museum of Science!
By illuminating the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture, and with it the conversation about America’s rapidly evolving food culture, the Lexicon of Sustainability helps people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America.
COME SEE IT FOR YOURSELF!
Sponsored by the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan and MIT Food and Agriculture ClubRead More
Ethics and sustainability in new enterprises? Who has the time?E51-315 –
A practical tension can arise between ethics and entrepreneurship in the bottom-line assertion that survival matters most; ethics is a luxury if the new enterprise fails. Adding sustainability to the mix only exacerbates this tension, since the concept brings with it an additional burden of ethical commitment. How can we balance the equation of means and ends, rights and responsibilities, short- and long-term goals in new enterprises? This session will be a lively and off-the-cuff conversation between Leigh Hafrey, Bill Aulet, and Jason Jay, who are responsible for ethics, entrepreneurship, and sustainability activities at MIT Sloan.
Lunch will be provided; please RSVP here.
Film Series: Sherpa’s Cinema Presents…All.I.CanE62- 262 –
Join the Sustainability Initiative and the Ski & Snowboard Club as we bring to you this month's Sustainability Film Series Event...
Described as one of the most spectacular, captivating and thought-provoking films ever created in the action sports genre.
Pizza will be served; please RSVP here.
All.I.Can is a stunning exploratory essay that compares the challenges of big mountain skiing to the challenges of climate change. Your journey will include:
Morocco's majestic desert peaks
Greenland's Icy fjords
Chile's volcanic craters
Alaskan spine walls
And enjoy an inspirational performance by the world's best skiers, such as:
Watch the trailer here.Read More
How Do We ‘Hardwire’ Sustainability Into Business?E51-315 –
Lunch will be provided; please RSVP here.
Guest Speaker: Daniel Aronson, Director and Practice Leader, Sustainability Transformation for Deloitte.
Daniel Aronson has worked in the field of Sustainability Strategy for over 19 years. As a consultant with and to major corporations such as Deloitte and IBM, he has developed a framework for thinking about find the submerged economic value of sustainability. In this session he will present the tools and metrics that help business leaders making the business case for Sustainability.
Will MIT Lead Against Climate Change?- A Discussion on Divestment4-237 –
On the eve of a pivotal decision by MIT's Executive Committee as to whether to convene a committee to consider fossil fuel divestment at MIT, join us and an all-star panel at our capstone event of the year, to discuss MIT's role in leading against climate change.
More than 2000 MIT students, staff, faculty and alumni have signed Fossil Free MIT's petition calling on MIT to divest its $11 billion endowment from the fossil fuel industry. That number includes 1 in 4 of all undergraduates, and almost half of the Class of 2017. The MIT community's discussion on divestment is picking up the pace, and we need your help to take it to the next level.
Free and open to the public. Learn More: http://www.fossilfreemit.org/12-05-13-all-star-panel-a-discussion-on-divestment/
Share with friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1412924918944290/Read More
Transportation MixerMeadhall, 2nd floor –
The MIT Transportation Club would like to invite you to the Transportation Mixer!
Come and meet others passionate about transportation and share research ideas. Are you more excited about the Google car or the Hyperloop? Come and tell us why!
Do you think that the main challenges faced by transportation systems are technical challenges, financial challenges or policy challenges? Come and tell us how to solve them!
CANCELLED—Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact EconomyE62-250 –
Guest Speaker: Jigar Shah
MIT Water Summit 2013Whitehead Institute –
The MIT Water Club is pleased to announce the first MIT Water Summit, a landmark event that will bring together experts from industry, academia, government, and investment to discuss the challenges and cutting-edge developments in the water sector. The all-day event is composed of thought provoking panel discussions featuring panelist from MIT, GE, Tufts University and many more.
A cocktail reception will follow the discussion, providing an opportunity to mingle and interact in more depth with the speakers. The event will be held on December 12, 2013 at Whitehead Institute, MIT. Register now at their website at waterclub.mit.edu.
MIT students, faculty and staff get in free!Read More
Hult Prize @ MITE51-345 –
Interested in launching a social venture, winning $1 million, and meeting Bill Clinton?
Join the Hult Prize initiative taking place at MIT Sloan!
This year, the competition will focused on healthcare, specifically non-communicable diseases in urban slums.
Sign up for the pitch competition at: http://hult-prize-sloan.squarespace.com/