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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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Sanergy

Sanergy—a social enterprise founded by MIT Sloan grads—builds healthy, prosperous communities by making hygienic sanitation accessible and affordable, for residents of urban informal settlements.

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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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Nike

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

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

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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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Michael Sonnenfeldt—the entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist—is focused on tackling big sustainability challenges, including climate change.

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Tim Greiner helps companies like Walmart, The North Face, Ben & Jerry’s, and Radio Flyer deepen their corporate responsibility efforts.

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Sloan Fellow Bella Tonkonogy believes that “effective leadership in sustainability requires collaboration between business, government, and non-profits.”

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Alice Hartley, Manager of Sustainable Innovation at Gap, explains how her team is an incubator within the larger company.

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At Cargill, Ed Fish works in the food and agriculture industry.

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Evaluating the impacts of agricultural practices around the planet

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

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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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What we create says a lot about who we are and what we value. And we’re in the midst of creating something HUGE. What is it, and what kind of story does it tell about us? One we’d be proud of or not?

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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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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
MIT SDM Conference
October 21, 2010

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This blog post is the second in a four-post series on Sustainability-Oriented Innovation (SOI). The first post in the series argued that SOI breaks conventional trade-off thinking . In this second post, we explore different types of SOI and the different ways companies are using it. The series builds on our published work onAccelerating the Theory an...

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Businesses are beginning to see the value of sustainability-oriented innovation (SOI), but are challenged by the persistent belief that SOI always involves performance or profitability tradeoffs. In the first of a four-part series, MIT researchers Jason Jay and Sergio Gonzalez discuss the critical steps to unleashing SOI and look at two innovations a...

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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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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 ...