MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative

The MIT Climate Pathways Project

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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, the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative 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.

Secretary John Kerry | Climate Envoy, Former Secretary of State, 2013-2017
En-ROADS is quite simply a climate crisis game-changer for policymakers and people across the country.
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

MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative

Science-based analysis for corporate climate action

In their paper, "Science-based analysis for climate action: how HSBC Bank uses the En-ROADS climate policy simulation", the authors found that widespread employee participation in interactive simulations had a big impact.

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Climate Pathways Team

John D. Sterman

John D. Sterman

Management Science

Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management

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Michael Sonnenfeldt

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

Executive Director, Climate Interactive, MS '97

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Krystal Noiseux

Krystal Noiseux

Associate Director, Climate Pathways Project

Ben Wolkon

Ben Wolkon

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

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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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Researchers and Affiliates

Alejandro Beutel

Alejandro Beutel

Research Assistant, UMass Lowell

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Helena Caswell

Helena Caswell

Research Assistant, U.S. Climate Policy, TPP ’22

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Dominic Farello

Dominic Farello

Assistant Director, Sustainability

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Maggie Hensel

Maggie Hensel

Research Associate, UMass Lowell

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Ellie Johnston

Ellie Johnston

Engagement Director, Climate Interactive

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Florian Kapmeier

Florian Kapmeier

Professor of Strategy at ESB Business School

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