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AI-enhanced visuals propel sustainable policies

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Skeptics are more likely to approve of sustainable infrastructure when shown AI-enhanced images of how green cityscapes might look, research finds.

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Catherine Wolfram | Professor, Applied Economics, MIT Sloan, and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate and Energy Economics at the U.S. Treasury
The climate continues to change, and it’s changed pretty dramatically in the last 15 years. I don’t think we should draw too many conclusions about what’s possible.

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John Sterman | Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management
Hope isn’t naïve optimism—the belief that some technological breakthrough will save us. It's the belief that what we do matters. That by working together, we can create a better world.

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Our People, Our Impact

Our students and alumni bring climate solutions from the classroom into the world.

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Manuela Zoninsein

Manuela Zoninsein

EMBA '20, Sustainability Certificate

Founder +CEO, Kadeya

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Rubén Lozano Aguilera

Rubén Lozano Aguilera

MBA '13

Senior Product Manager, Google Maps

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Weixiang Wang

Weixiang Wang

Sloan Fellows MBA '18

Chief Sustainability Officer Ministry of Sustainability & Environment, Singapore

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Trace Allen

  • Degree Program

    MBA/MCP '24

  • Pronouns

    he/him

  • At a glance

    Trace is pursuing a dual degree MBA/Master of City Planning at MIT to focus on the nexus of economic development, entrepreneurship, and environmental justice.

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Alexa Katz

  • Degree Program

    MBA '24

  • Pronouns

    she/her

  • At a glance

    Alexa is strategically exploring how to pivot into the food & beverage industry and how to bring a sustainability lens into her work.

Amar Dayal

Amar Dayal

  • Degree Program

    MBA '24

  • Pronouns

    he/him

  • At a glance

    At MIT, Amar Dayal is gaining the skills he needs to scale up inclusive and effective climate start-ups.

Andres

Andrés Bisonó León

  • Degree Program

    MBA '23 | Legatum Fellow | PKG IAP Fellow

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    he/him

  • At a Glance

    Working at the intersection of oceans, climate tech, and seaweed, Andrés seeks to accelerate social development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and economic growth.

Kaya Thomas

Kaya Thomas

  • Program and Year

    LGO '23

  • Pronouns

    she/her

  • At a glance

    Kaya wants to help build the future she believes in. One where sustainability is top priority, and where everyone has access to education, healthcare, nutrition, and housing.

Zhenny Gong

Zhenny Gong

  • Program and Year

    MBA '23

  • Pronouns

    she/her

  • At a Glance

    Zhenny is gaining the skills she needs to promote innovative technologies crucial to our race to net zero.

Augustin

Agustín González de Abiega

  • Program and Year

    MBA '23

  • At a glance

    "We can beat climate change with the right combination of investment, policy and change in consumer behavior."

Santiago

Santiago Pardo Sanchez

  • Program and Year

    MBA '23

  • Pronouns

    he/him/his

  • At a Glance

    While at MIT, Santiago is exploring what it will take to decarbonize our economies and lives.

Austin Cole

Austin Cole

  • Program and Year

    MBA/MCP '24

  • Pronouns

    he/him/his

  • At a Glance

    "I hope to play a ‘bridging’ role that can connect, amplify, and grow the efforts of the workers, carers, and organizers — who are all innovators — throughout communities in the US and beyond."

Sandhya

Sandhya Mahadevan

  • Program and Year

    MBA '23

  • At a glance

    What matters most to Sandhya? Leveraging corporate power to combat climate change while investing in communities most negatively impacted.

Dash

Dash Enkhbayar

  • Program and Year

    MBA '23

  • At a glance

    An examiner of the purpose of the corporation, Dash knows that with quality impact/ESG measurement, comprehensive regulatory policy, and a commitment to justice – we can build an equitable society.

Lydia K

Lydia Kaprelian

  • Program and Year

    MBA '22

  • At a glance

    With a strong appreciation for the power of translation, Lydia is learning how to translate climate realities into business opportunities.

Alex G

Alex Gerszten

  • Program and Year

    MBA '22

  • At a glance

    Alex plans to help harness cutting-edge technology for crucial issues, like supply chain traceability, sustainability verification, and food waste.

Supratim Das

Supratim Das

  • Program and Year

    PhD, MBA '22

  • At a glance

    Supratim hopes to streamline conversations between academia, cleantech venture capital, and big tech to unlock energy and climate solutions.

Lillian Kwang

Lillian Kwang

  • Program and Year

    MBA '22

  • At a glance

    Lillian has a passion for exploring ways technology can be leveraged to build a better food system, for people and planet.

Tarun Walia

Tarun Walia

  • Program and Year

    Sloan Fellows MBA '22

  • At a glance

    Tarun wants to make sustainability an integral part of the BioPharma industry by bringing ESG metrics into strategy planning.

George Potts

George Potts

  • Program

    Sloan Fellows MBA '22

  • At a glance

    After a decade in private equity, ESG, and climate-tech leadership (plus, trekking to the south pole), George is setting up a career trajectory dedicated to climate.

Courtney Sharpe

Courtney Sharpe Jacobovits

  • Program

    MBA '22

  • At a glance

    Courtney is ready to leverage capital for good, ensuring that investments have a positive community impact.

Alex Prather

Alex Prather

  • Program

    MBA '22

  • At a glance

    With a passion for climatetech innovation, Alex hopes to help scale solutions to our most challenging problems.

Jana Parsons

Jana Parsons

  • Program

    MBA '22

  • At a glance

    Jana is bringing her passion for problem solving, learning, and process improvement to the field of sustainability.

Qing Qing

Qing Qing Miao

  • Program

    MBA '22

  • At a glance

    Qing Qing knows that kindness and compassion are key to building a future where humans and nature can thrive.


In the News

  • The Hill

    Professor Catherine Wolfram and co-author write: "The entrenched view that the United States will never support a carbon price is misguided. 2025 will be a big year for Congress to tackle longstanding fiscal issues and further climate policy efforts. Before this can happen, politicians need to hear timely arguments backed by up-to-date evidence."

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  • Financial Times

    In new research, professor Roberto Rigobon, research scientist Florian Berg, and co-author used data from analytics firm Clarity AI to assess the carbon emissions of companies that did and didn't have SBTi-approved targets in place. The results were striking. Companies that set SBTi targets, but didn't obtain assurance on their climate reports, performed no better on emissions reduction than non-SBTi signatories.

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  • Fast Company

    "The impact on jobs of the energy transition is not just going to be where oil and natural gas are drilled, it's going to be all the way up and down the value chain of things we make in the U.S.," said professor Christopher Knittel, coauthor of a research paper on the analysis published today.

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  • The Hill

    Professor Christopher Knittel and co-author write: "Our research paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides new economy-wide data on where employment in the United States is most vulnerable to the economic pressures of the energy transition. We find that the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act fails to effectively support many parts of the country where employment is at risk."

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  • CNN

    "The target here is to produce electricity cheaper than coal and gas plants," senior lecturer John Parsons said. These fossil fuel plants are "terribly simple and cheap to run — they're just dirty," he added.

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  • The Boston Globe

    John Sterman, a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management with a focus in sustainability, achieved the holy grail of net zero eight years ago. His 1920s Lexington home was due for an update, but instead of just "upgrading and renovating," Sterman decided the "incremental cost of going deeper and doing a retrofit" was the right move.

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The Climate Project at MIT

The goal of the Climate Project at MIT is for MIT to become, within the next decade, one of the world’s most prolific and collaborative sources of technological, behavioral, and policy solutions for the global climate challenge. We'll know we have succeed only if, in 10 years, we have changed the expected trajectory of global climate outcomes for the better.