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The Megacity Logistics Lab examines the congestion and environmental impacts of supply chains in the world’s largest and fastest growing urban centers.

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PepsiCo,

MIT Sloan L-Lab students helps PepsiCo think about sustainable agriculture metrics.

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David Keith has developed a management flight simulator focused on alternative fuels in transportation, and researched buyer behavior influencing vehicle purchases

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Fishbanks

Fishbanks is an interactive game that teaches the dynamics of renewable resources by challenging players to build a profitable fishing business.

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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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Nike

Nike has taken a position of leadership and innovation for sustainability.  MIT Sloan has been part of that journey.

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OCP

Phosphate giant OCP works with the full range of MIT Sloan Action Learning programs to advance its sustainability strategy.

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Natura

A plan for sustainable palm oil is one outcome of Brazilian cosmetics maker Natura’s growing relationship with MIT Sloan’s Sustainability programs.

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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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EMC

MIT Sloan Action Learning students have worked with EMC Corporation on sustainability-related initiatives that include reducing and reducing reusing the company’s outbound packaging.

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Fast, affordable and insightful ways to look at product lifecycle impacts

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Viara Nedeva Thompson leverages her MBA training to incorporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) metrics into investment analysis.

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Accounting for urban material and energy flows

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Evaluating the impacts of agricultural practices around the planet

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Libby McDonald

Waste picking communities in low-income countries, with MIT students and Community Innovator Lab’s Libby McDonald, develop waste sector business models.

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While serving in the US military, alumnus Damian Blazy worked with MIT Sloan to examine the Navy’s fossil fuel use and the potential for biofuels.

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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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Lily Russell, on carving out a niche in sustainable supply chains at Deloitte Consulting and how her MIT Sloan MBA got her there.

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Omar Mitchell, MBA 2012, Bringing sustainable business practices to the National Hockey League

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Mark Doughty, MBA 1999, on answering his customers’ calls for thoughtful, sustainable building.

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Zairo Cheibub, on MIT Sloan introducing him to sustainability as a key driver of business competitiveness.

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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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Peter Senge

Peter Senge brings his deep expertise on systems thinking and collaborative leadership to the MIT Sloan sustainability curriculum.

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Zeynep Ton

Professor Zeynep Ton researches strategies that successful companies use to produce good jobs, high performance operations, and societal benefits.

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Robin Chase

Robin Chase, SM ‘86, is a career innovator who has moved between articulating big ideas and implementing them.

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Professor Matthew Amengual examines how to promote economic development in industrializing nations that is both equitable and sustainable.

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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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MIT Sloan School of Management Professor Zeynep Ton draws on a decade of research to challenge whether there really is a tradeoff between offering low prices and paying low wages.

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

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Jason Jay, Director, MIT Sloan Initiative for Sustainable Business and Society
MIT Sloan 2012 Reunion
June 7-10, 2012

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Tetsuya Ohara, Director, Advanced Research and Development, Patagonia
MIT Sloan Sustainability Speaker Series
February 12, 2012

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Charles Fishman, Investigative Journalist
MIT Sloan Sustainability Speaker Series
December 14, 2011

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Iqbal Quadir, Founder and Director, Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, MIT
MIT Sloan Sustainability and Social Impact Perspectives Series
November 29, 2011

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Thomas A. Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
MIT Sloan Sustainability and Social Impact Perspectives Series
November 15, 2012

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Paul Gilding, Independent Writer, Advisor, and Advocate for Action on Climate Change and Sustainability
MIT Sloan Sustainability Speaker Series
November 10, 2011

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

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Gary Hirshberg, CEO, Stonyfield Organic
MIT Sloan Dean’s Innovative Leader Series
September 28, 2011

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Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management
Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever
Barbara Stocking, CEO, Oxfam
Building the Future Colloquium
May 11-13, 2011

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John Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management , MIT Sloan School of Management
Transportation@MIT Seminar
February 9, 2010

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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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Robin Chase, Transportation Innovator
MIT Sloan Sustainability Speaker Series
November 19, 2012

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Rick Locke, Class of 1922 Professor of Political Science and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
15.877 Professional Seminar in Sustainability
November 16, 2012

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The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change combines cutting-edge scientific research with independent policy analysis to provide a solid foundation for the public and private decisions needed to mitigate and adapt to unavoidable global environmental changes.

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Renewable fuel standards, low carbon fuel standards, and ethanol subsidies are popular policies to incentivize ethanol production and reduce emissions from transportation.

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Bringing together several case studies as well as descriptions of tools and methods that have been useful to members of an ad hoc coalition of value chain veterans.

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Here we describe C-ROADS (Climate-Rapid Overview And Decision Support), a transparent, intuitive policy simulation model that provides policymakers, negotiators, educators, businesses, the media, and the public with the ability to explore, for themselves, the likely consequences of GHG emissions policies.

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Here we describe protocols for the role-play and the resources available to run it, including C-ROADS and all needed materials, all freely available at climateinteractive.org.

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This paper looks at the environmental effects of shifting from road to rail freight transportation. Little data is available to shippers to calculate the potential CO2 savings of an intermodal shift.

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Effective collaboration on logistics can move mountains — and reduce emissions.

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Using Monte Carlo Simulation, multiple scenarios of supply chain configurations, consumer transportation choices, urban density, packaging and item bundling are evaluated. Results show that online shopping is the most environmentally friendly option in a wide range of scenarios. However, as more consumers leverage traditional bri...

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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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Whether and how trust and trustworthiness differ between a collectivist society, e.g., China, and an individualistic one, e.g., the U.S., generate much ongoing scientific debate and bear significant practical values for managing cross-country transactions. We experimentally investigate how supply chain members’ countries of orig...

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Management education has come under fire for reinforcing the status quo in an unethical, inequitable, and unsustainable society. A variety of efforts are afoot to craft a new vision for management education consistent with a broader vision of sustainability. I summarize the aspects of the vision that have inspired me, juxtapose them with my view of t...

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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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This chapter explores the uncertainties associated with today’s highly interdependent supply chains and the risks inherent their geographic dispersion and organizational fragmentation. It first lays out the sources of risk and their potential consequences to the corporations who are supply chain owners, orchestrators, or custo...

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Regulations essential for improving labor standards are often ignored to the detriment of workers. In many countries, the agencies charged with enforcement lack resources and are subject to political interference. How can inspectors in flawed bureaucracies overcome these barriers and enforce labor regulations? Based on case studies o...

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Environmental regulation in middle-income and developing countries is often viewed with high degrees of pessimism. Although many countries have adopted protective laws, violations are widespread and institutions are weak. This paper analyzes the puzzle of shifting patterns of environmental regulation in Argentina, a country with wides...

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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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Global negotiations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have, so far, failed to produce an agreement sufficient to avoid the most dangerous consequences of climate change. But even if the negotiations yielded a treaty with binding commitments such an agreeme...

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The MIT Sloan School of Management has created a set of interactive, web-based management flight simulators to teach key ideas in business, strategy, sustainability and related fields. These simulations are freely available to anyone through the MIT Sloan LearningEdge portal. Here I describe four simulations now available: Salt Seller...

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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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For several decades, scholars and practitioners have sought novel organizational models and strategies for addressing big, complex problems: scientific and technological innovation; poverty alleviation; public health; education; and environmental sustainability among others. One result of this search has been the formation of hybrid o...

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Private, voluntary compliance programs, promoted by global corporations and nongovernmental organizations alike, have produced only modest and uneven improvements in working conditions and labor rights in most global supply chains. Through a detailed study of a major global apparel company and its suppliers, this article argues that t...

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Although the ultimate success of labor regulation in many economic sectors depends on a combination of state and private actors, to date, researchers have not studied the interaction between state and private regulation. What happens when these forms of regulation meet on the factory floor? Based on a case study of labor inspection an...

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We estimate the interrelationships among economic institutions, political institutions, openness, and income levels, using identification through heteroskedasticity (IH). We split our cross-national dataset into two sub-samples: (i) colonies versus non-colonies; and (ii) continents aligned on an East-West versus those aligned on a Nor...

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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...

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Instead of efficiently pricing greenhouse gases, policy makers have favored measures that implicitly or explicitly subsidize low carbon fuels. We simulate a transportation-sector cap & trade program (CAT) and three policies currently in use: ethanol subsidies, a renewable fuel standard (RFS), and a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS)....

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Although many scholars suggest that IPR has a positive effect on cumulative innovation, a growing “anti-commons” perspective highlights the negative role of IPR over scientific knowledge. At its core, this debate is centered on how intellectual property rights over a given piece of knowledge affect the propensity of future researc...

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Knowledge-based firms seeking competitive advantage often draw on the public knowledge stream – ideas embedded in public commons institutions – as the foundation for private knowledge – ideas firms protect through private intellectual property (IP) institutions. What are the implications of such strategies for long-run public kn...

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What role can corporate codes of conduct play in monitoring compliance with international labour standards and improving working conditions in global supply chains? Addressing this question, the authors first summarize the results of research on factory audits of working conditions in 800 of Nike’s suppliers in 51 countries and two ...

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Collective bargaining, a core social institution, faces a fundamental transformational challenge. National survey data provide unique insights into the current status of the bargaining process — revealing challenges and opportunities. Awareness and use of interest-based bargaining principles is widespread but complicated by underlyi...

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We study an NGO’s decisions when it attempts to remove a potentially hazardous substance from commercial use. Specifically, we determine under what market and regulatory conditions an NGO should target the industry versus the regulatory body in order to influence firms to replace the substance. We consider the perspectives of bo...

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Subcontracting relationships in globalized production networks are claimed to depress labor standards in developing countries. These concerns have led to the emergence of private voluntary initiatives aimed at regulating labor and environmental practices in international supply chains. How effective are these initiatives and to what e...