MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative

The Climate Pathways Project

Credit: Marty Nee

The best way to engage people in meaningful climate action is not to tell them what should be done, but to give them tools so they can learn for themselves.

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Accelerating the adoption of evidence-based climate policy

The urgency to act on climate is real, and it is incumbent on institutions like MIT to provide the best possible scenarios for a future that is safe for humans and nature to thrive.

In 2018, the IPCC issued the 1.5° report which showed that to avoid catastrophic and irreversible harm to our prosperity, society and health, global greenhouse gas emissions must be cut by approximately 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, and fall to zero by midcentury.

Realizing the challenge of getting onto an emissions pathway consistent with no more than 2°C (3.6°F) of warming, the Sustainability Initiative, Climate Interactive and Alumnus Michael Sonnenfeldt launched the Climate Pathways Project. 

Our goal is to use our interactive C-ROADS and En-ROADS simulations to advance the adoption of evidence-based climate policy through top decision makers.

En-ROADS is the ideal tool for influencing policy development.

Leaders who have tried it have reacted positively to the experience, and recent research suggests that participation in the simulation leads to several positive outcomes, including increased knowledge of climate change causes, dynamics and impacts, greater feelings of urgency and hope, and a desire to learn and do more about climate change.

Create your own climate scenario with En-ROADS

Who has experienced En-ROADS

  • 100+

    Bipartisan elected officials including members Congress

  • 700+

    Business leaders across multiple industries

  • 145+

    Staffers for elected officials

  • Dozens

    Leaders in the Non-Profit, Think Tank & Foundation Sect

  • 60,000+

    Participants world-wide

  • 85+

    Has been run in over 85 countries

Climate Pathways Team

John D. Sterman

John D. Sterman

Management Science

Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management

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Michael Sonnenfeldt

Founder, Chairman, MUUS & Company, Tiger21, SB ’77, SM ’78

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Bethany Patten

Bethany Patten

Lecturer, Senior Associate Director, Sustainability Initiative, EMBA '13

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Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones

Co-Founder, Co-Director, Climate Interactive, MS '97

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Ben Wolkon

Ben Wolkon

Manager of Sustainable Investments at MUUS Asset Management Co, MBA '16

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Christopher Knittel

Christopher Knittel

Economics, Finance and Accounting

George P. Shultz Professor

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Investor Engagement Team

Jason Jay

Jason Jay

Senior Lecturer, Director, Sustainability Initiative, PhD '05

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Dwight Poler

Dwight Poler

Chief Executive Officer, ACCELR8

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Research Assistants

Pedro de Vasconcellos Oporto

Pedro de Vasconcellos Oporto

Research Assistant, Investor Engagement Team, TPP '22

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