Past Events

2012

October

Oct 2

12-1PM

Heerad Sabeti, Thought Leader on For-Benefit Companies & Fourth Sector

Heerad Sabeti is devoted to pursuing systemic solutions to complex social, environmental and economic challenges. 

For over 20 years, he has been working toward the development of a fourth sector of organizations at the intersection of the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The fourth sector is comprised of for-benefit enterprises that are designed to seamlessly integrate public purposes with business means, harnessing entrepreneurial energy to shape a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient economy.

To accelerate the fourth sector’s development, Sabeti has been a driving force behind numerous national and international initiatives. He advises governments, corporations and NGOs on multi-sector collaboration, sustainable economic development, and market-based solutions to societal challenges.

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November

Nov 19

12-1PM

Robin Chase, Transportation Innovator

Robin Chase is founder and CEO of Buzzcar, a service that brings together car owners and drivers in a carsharing marketplace.

Buzzcar.com empowers individuals to take control of their mobility, without looking to governments or big businesses for solutions. Robin is also co–founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world, and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community.

She is on the Board of the World Resources Institute, the US Secretary of Commerce's National Advisory Committee for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and the US Department of Transportation's Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Advisory Committee. She served on the World Economic Forum Future of Transportation Council, the Massachusetts Governor's Transportation transition team, and the Boston Mayor's Wireless Task Force. In 2009, she was included in the Time 100 Most Influential People. Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment. Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management, and was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow.

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December

Lunch Series

Dec 4

12-1PM

Richard L. Sandor, Founder of the Chicago Climate Exchange

Dr. Sandor is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Environmental Financial Products LLC, which specializes in inventing, designing and developing new financial markets with a special emphasis on investment advisory services.

He is widely recognized as the “father of financial futures” for his pioneering work in developing the first interest rate futures contract in the 1970s, when he served as chief economist and vice president of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT).

Sandor is also the founder of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) - the world’s first exchange to facilitate the reduction and trading of all six greenhouse gases. In 2007, he was named the “father of carbon trading” by Time Magazine for his work in designing, developing and launching CCX and affiliated exchanges.

Sandor is known for asserting that the next financial revolution will be in the convergence of the financial markets and the environment. He is often credited for founding the field of Environmental Finance. His first book, “Good Derivatives: A Story of Financial and Environmental Innovation”, was published in February 2012.

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2013

February

Lunch Series

Feb 7

12-1PM

Jorgen Randers, Strategist for the Future of the Planet

What Will Our Future Look Like? How many people will the planet need to support? Will there be enough energy and food? Which nations will prosper and which will suffer? Will the belief in endless growth crumble?

Drawing on global forecasting tools, his own experience in the sustainability arena, and predictions of thirty–five leading thinkers, Randers guides us through the future he feels is most likely to emerge. Not to scare us, but to prepare us, and, when necessary, sound a call for changing course.

Jorgen Randers is professor of climate strategy at the Norwegian School of Management, where he works on climate issues and scenario analysis. He lectures internationally on sustainable development, and especially climate, within and outside corporations. He was the co-author of the original Limits to Growth study in 1972 and has just completed a book, 2052—A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years.

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March

Lunch Series

Mar 14

12-1PM

Geoff Chapin, MBA ’02, Founder and CEO for Next Step Living Inc.

Geoff is founder and CEO of Next Step Living, a New England-based residential energy efficiency company providing home energy diagnostics, improvements, remodeling and building to the greater New England area. 

NSL is dedicated to helping whole communities lower their energy bills, increase the comfort of their homes and reduce their carbon footprint. The company partners with major utilities, cities and employers to make it as easy as possible to take action.

Geoff has served as a teacher at his Alma Mater, The Roxbury Latin School, and is a graduate of The Kennedy School of Government and MIT's Sloan School of Management. Prior to this he worked at a consulting firm with organizations in the healthcare, nonprofit, and financial services sectors. Geoff has also worked in the public housing sector at the Community Builders in Boston and advised the Housing Authority of San Francisco. Geoff received his BA from Williams College in Political Economics. Geoff is a native of the Boston area having grown up and lived in Westwood, Dedham, Wellesley, West Roxbury, Newton and Brookline.

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April

Lunch Series

Apr 22

12-1PM

Eric Mathis, Social Entrepreneur

As a self-described evolutionary, J. Eric Mathis has been at the forefront of initiatives to bridge the gap between the fossil fuel and renewable energy industries through the development and implementation of innovative finance and business models.

These models are designed to be beneficial to both industries, creating mutually productive economic linkages between the fossil fuel and renewable industries and most importantly, the surrounding communities. As a board member of the Williamson Redevelopment Authority, Mr. Mathis is helping to develop a comprehensive project entitled Sustainable Williamson which emphasizes healthy lifestyles as a key component to economic revitalization. Building from his past and present experiences, his most recent endeavor is participating in the creation and implementation of the Central Appalachian Sustainable Economies (CASE) network which is an interactive regional network of innovators cultivating new ideas and resources in central Appalachia to grow healthy communities. He is a proud Green for All Fellow, a 2010 recipient of Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s Innovation Award for community renewables and a 2012 White House Champion of Change for Greening our Cities and Towns. Mr. Mathis graduated from Appalachian State University in 2007 and is presently finishing his master’s thesis in economic history.

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September

Lunch Series

Sep 5

11:45AM-12:45PM

Introduction to Sustainability@Sloan

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We will launch the series with a discussion about what sustainability means at MIT Sloan, how it is changing the landscape of business and careers, and how we as a community of professionals can contribute. We will feature a panel of students involved in different areas of Sustainability, and provide students with a road map of access points to get involved.

Featured Speaker: Jason Jay, Director, Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan

Student Panelists: Jeff Sun, MBA ’14 – MIT Sustainability Summit Content Co-Director; Mayank Agarwal, MBA ’14 – Sustainability Intern, EDF; Derek Oliver, MBA ’14 - Climate Corps Fellow, Massport

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Sep 12

11:45AM-12:45PM

Walk the Talk: Sustainability@MIT

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MIT Students, Faculty and Staff have a long history of launching successful campaigns across campus to educate and rally the community around sustainability issues.  This session will focus on how students can get involved, from participating in conferences, to reusing their unwanted household items.  The session will feature a lively dialogue among community members involved in sustainability initiatives across campus.

Featured Speakers: Jason Jay, Director and Bethany Patten, Associate Director, Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan

Panelists: Jonathan Krones, PhD MIT Engineering Systems Division - Sustainability@MIT President; Kevin Berkmeyer, MBA ’14 – Co-President MIT Energy Club; Alex Borschow, MBA ’14 – MIT Food & Agriculture Club President

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Sep 15

10:30AM-12PM

Meet Kapil Mandal, A Global Celebrity from the Base of the Pyramid

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Mr. Mandal will discuss his application of innovative microfinance models to transform impoverished Lakhikantapur, India (roughly 70 km from Calcutta) into a place of new opportunity and hope. Mr. Mandal has helped nurture a self-sustaining, green community in a place that was disadvantaged by salty, barren soil even up to thirty years ago.

The Boston Pledge wishes to explore how the Lakhikantapur model could inspire villages around the world to become centers of economic excellence. We hope to form a Rural Innovation Center to create a distributed economic development model with the villages as the centers of innovation and economic advance. It is our hope in the process humanity will be able to reverse the random and chaotic urbanization in the emerging economies, while developed economies could rethink how the next phase of socioeconomic progress will need to be shaped.

We will be honored if you could join us in these special events. As it is a special occasion to discuss the development of the Rural Innovation Center, we will value your and your friends' active participation.

Refreshments will be served. Register at http://www.eventedge.biz/village (student tickets are free).

Also see flyer at http://web.mit.edu/jskrones/Public/sustainability/Kapil%20Mandal%20PDF.pdf

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Sep 19-20

1-6:30PM

2013 Women in Clean Energy Symposium

Live Webcast

As part of the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) program, run by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium aims to advance the careers and leadership of women in the field. Hosted by MIT, the event provides women and men in clean energy with a range of perspectives, analysis and data on clean energy challenges and opportunities. It will include distinguished speakers, panels covering a range of energy topics, award presentations and networking sessions.

The webcast will feature today's and tomorrow's sessions organized around key areas for clean energy: Technology/Innovation, the Developing World, U.S. Energy Policy, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Implementation, Education/Mentorship, among others.

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Sep 19

6:30-8:30PM

Admissions Event: (Re)Defining Sustainability

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Please join us on a presentation focused on sustainability as well as to learn more about MIT Sloan programs. The Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan is built on the promise of a new future. We believe that environmental, societal, economic, business, and personal wellbeing are parts of an interconnected whole. The strains we face in each of these domains demand that we think differently and invent new ways of living and working. We are committed to creating a new vision for progress and prosperity and a world that will flourish and thrive for generations. We empower students, faculty, researchers, and business leaders to join together in this endeavor.

6:30 – 7:00pm: Professor Jason Jay to give an overview on Sustainability and the Sustainability Initiative here at MIT Sloan
7:00 – 7:45pm: Student panel and Q&A
7:45 – 8:30pm: Reception with all attendees

Register here.

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Sep 19

6:30-8PM

Sloan Social Impact Club Mixer

Muddy Charles

This is an informal mixer at the Muddy before this week's c-function. Many 2015s are expected to show up, and we hope you can also be there! There will be pizza.

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Sep 23

12-1PM

2013 Net Impact Conference Trek Information Session

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In just over a month, the Sloan Social Impact club will be visiting sunny NorCal for the 2013 edition of the premier event for social impact in the U.S. It is an opportunity to network and learn from students and professionals from all over the country who are leveraging their skills for social good. The conference is held October 24-26 in Silicon Valley, CA at the San Jose Convention Center. If you are interested in learning more or attending the trek, this session is for you. Please RSVP by entering Y/N next to your name here.

Topics covered: Go over the weekend's jam-packed itinerary, register for tickets, and coordinate accommodations and logistics. Lunch will also be served.

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Sep 24

11:30AM-1PM

Sloan Social Impact Club Fall 2013 Kick-off Meeting

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Please join the Social Impact club next Tuesday for their inaugural meeting! They will introduce the year's programming, highlight exciting events and activities for this fall, and discuss many opportunities to make a social impact at Sloan and beyond. They will also unveil this year's BoardFellows organizations, so stay tuned!

They will also introduce leadership opportunities for the club this year. Positions include: VP Board Fellows, VP Sloan Social Impact Fellowship, VP Communications, VP Finance, VP Careers, VP Events.

Please bring cash or check to the meeting for membership dues $20/yr or $40 for 2 years.

RSVP here. Non-pizza lunch will be served.

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Lunch Series

Sep 26

11:45AM-12:45PM

Best Fit Forward: Which Career Opportunities Match Your Impact and Income Priorities?

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Have you ever felt caught between your head and your heart, not sure which to listen to when it comes to your next career move? Are you interested in environmental sustainability, impact investing or social change careers but are unsure about where to look for internship or job opportunities in these fields, or concerned about the tradeoffs you might need to make to build an impact-driven career? Join Dr. Mrim Boutla of More Than Money Careers to get access to a framework and practical exercises to help you identify which career path best aligns with your unique skills, career, and life priorities. You'll leave the workshop with the tools and resources you need to effectively compete for internships and jobs that successfully blend financial return with social impact and environmental stewardship.

Guest Practitioner: Dr. Mrim Boutla Co-Founder & Managing Partner - More Than Money Careers

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Sep 26

7-8:30PM

Evening Session: Best Fit Forward: Which Career Opportunities Match Your Impact and Income Priorities?

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This event is a continuation of the Lunch Series session. Please RSVP here.

Requirements: Please bring a laptop or tablet; all workshop attendees will create an account and complete the Get Clear section of our new elearning platform (www.mtmc.co). Please register for your account via our MIT account - http://www.mtmc.co/index.php?/register/SLOAN

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Sep 27

12-1PM

MIT CTL Distinguished Speaker Series with Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Unilever

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MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics invites you to join their next speaker series with Pier Luigi Sigismondi.

Title: A world class supply chain that delivers sustainable and profitable growth

Light lunch will be served at 11:45 AM.

Extended Q&A at 1:00-1:30 PM.

Unilever’s vision is to double the size of its business while reducing its environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact. The supply chain, through its unique model of leveraging global scale whilst maintaining local agility through a set of world class capabilities, is proving to be a true competitive advantage for the business. Learn how the supply chain is at the heart of Unilever’s world renowned sustainability program and is driving the frontiers of sustainability and positive social impact to make the world a better place.

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October

Lunch Series

Oct 3

11:45AM-12:45PM

Defining Leadership Capabilities to Run Sustainable Organizations

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In this session we explore the essential capabilities that organizations are developing to respond to sustainability challenges, and that you can develop as individuals to be effective contributors.

Guest Practitioners: Christoph Lueneburger

Lunch provided; please RSVP here.

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Oct 9

6-8PM

Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative Discussion with Jon Coleman, Manager of Fleet Sustainability and Technology, Ford Motor Company

Weil Town Hall (1st Floor, Belfer Building, HKS Campus)

This event is limited to students at Harvard and schools that offer cross-registration with the Kennedy School.

Join CSRI for a dinner discussion with Jon Coleman, Manager of Fleet Sustainability and Technology, Ford Motor Company.

At Ford, Jon works with Ford’s fleet customers to develop sustainable solutions to their specific needs through the use of technology, fleet optimization and understanding driver behavior. Jon has been involved with sustainability at Ford for more than 10 years and has represented Ford at venues ranging from the United Nations to the Academy of Management to TED and other thought-leading conferences. His passion for sustainability is evident in his research focusing on how large organizations engage in sustainable behavior and how that decision making process can be embedded in the organization’s day–to-day operations. This research provides unique insights into the evolution of corporate sustainability. Jon’s view of sustainability goes far beyond “green” to include human rights, urban mobility and societal well-being, embracing the ideal that true sustainability involves “doing more good, not doing less bad.”

Dinner will be served at 6 pm. Please RSVP to marli_porth@harvard.edu.

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Lunch Series

Oct 10

11:45AM-12:45PM

Doing Well by Doing Good – Energy Sector

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The Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan and the Masters in Finance Program are pleased to bring Mark Tourangeau, VP of Trading Risk to discuss “Sustainability and Doing Well by Doing Good” at NextEra Energy, Inc.

Named No. 1 on the list of the World’s Most Admired Companies among electric and gas utilities in Fortune magazine, NextEra Energy, Inc. is leading the clean-energy space. They are the largest generator of renewable energy from wind and sun in North America and generate clean, emissions-free electricity from commercial nuclear power units in the U.S.

In addition to its revenues of approximately $14.3 billion and more than 42,000 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity, in 2012 alone, employees of NextEra Energy, Inc. invested over 20,000 hours of time in various charitable organizations such as Autism Speaks, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the Alzheimer’s Association, American Red Cross, and Meals on Wheels -- to name a few.

Mark Tourangeau focuses on Market Risk, Risk Operations and Credit Risk for the retail and wholesale commodity businesses at NextEra Energy, Inc. Mark has over 17 years of experience in merchant energy trading and the financial markets, and has previously held positions of Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and in the interest rate derivatives group at TD Bank. Mark has an M.A. in Environmental Economics from the University of New Mexico, a B.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder. 

Lunch provided; RSVP here.

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Conference

Oct 24-26

12-12AM

2013 Net Impact Conference

San Jose Convention Center

The Net Impact Conference is the leading forum for students and professionals who want to use their careers to tackle the world's toughest social and environment problems. The conference will be held this year on October 24th-26th in Silicon Valley at the San Jose Convention Center. Interested parties can sign up through the MIT Social Impact Club. Please send a statement of interest to David Chen.

Key note speakers:

-Denise Morrison, President & CEO, Campbell Soup Company

-Robert Safian (Moderator), Editor & Managing Director, Fast Company

-Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

-Carol Cone (Moderator), Global Practice Chair, Edelman Business + Social Purpose

-Premal Shah, President, Kiva

-Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

-Ken Cohen, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, ExxonMobil

-Blake Mycoskie, Founder & Chief Shoe Giver, TOMS

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Lunch Series

Oct 31

11:45AM-12:45PM

Sustainability Careers Part 1 – Varieties of role and organization

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Sustainability, as an emerging field, rarely shows itself through the on-campus “manufactured market” of MBA recruiting. The most interesting opportunities in the space often occur through “the market you make” or networked job search.  This session will feature the diverse set of tools available to students seeking social impact jobs.  It will carefully explore Katie Kross’s 2x2 matrix of traditional vs. sustainability-oriented roles in traditional vs. sustainability-oriented companies. Life in each quadrant of that matrix feels quite different. Are they appropriate for people with different orientations and at different stages of career?

Featured Speaker: Sue Kline, MIT Sloan Career Development Office – Co-Director

Varieties of role and organization

In this session, we will explore the great diversity of professional roles where sustainability can be a driver of business value and social impact.

Traditional vs. Sustainability-oriented Roles: As companies grow their sustainability strategies, there are two types of role to play in moving things forward. One is the dedicated sustainability staff member, who often leads through influence and works to engage the core business units and functional staff. The second is the person embedded in a more traditional role – e.g., strategy, supply chain, marketing, or operations – but brings a sustainability lens to their work. This session highlights this distinctionbetween “traditional” and “sustainability-oriented” roles.

Traditional vs. Sustainability-oriented organizations: We consider the variety of sustainability-oriented organizations, including NGOs and hybrid, for-benefit, or “fourth sector” organizations.

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November

Conference

Nov 6-8

7:30AM-1PM

Climate CoLab Conference

Kresge Auditorium

Top-down approaches to dealing with climate change haven't worked very well. This conference will focus on a bottom-up approach: using new information technologies--like crowdsourcing, social media, and big data--to develop innovative ideas for what to do and to stimulate action in many parts of society.

The conference will bring together:

- Leading experts on key issues related to climate change and to new information technologies
- Innovative thinkers from the general public presenting ideas they developed in the MIT Climate CoLab, an online community that harnesses the world's collective intelligence to address climate change (Winners of the CoLab's 18 contests will present their ideas, the top proposal will be awarded a Grand Prize of $10,000, and the winners of the CoLab Referral Prize will also be announced.)
- Key decision-makers from business, government, and other organizations to provide input on how to make these ideas actually work

Register here.

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Nov 6

11:45-12:45AM

Live from Kazakhstan… It’s PwC! Building cities of the future- smart, sustainable & resilient

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Come learn how PwC is creating the strategy for smart cities around the world.

Mark Hannye is a Partner who leads the Advisory practice in Eurasia and the Deals practice for CIS. Based now in Astana, Mark previously worked for the last 15 years in Russia.

Nick Shufro is a Director in PwC's Sustainability Business Solutions responsible for leading the Astana, Kazakhstan Smart City project and coordinating with PwC Kazakhstan, PwC's Cleantech and State and State government practices.
Please RSVP by filling out your name at the following link so that we order enough food for everyone: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au5RFATnGN9KdFNaOXNMVFFROU9jVDQ4Rkhjd2xfNlE&usp=sharing

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Nov 7

12-1PM

Sustainable Sanitation in Africa

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SEID is excited to welcome back to Sloan our former co-President, David Auerbach, cofounder of Sanergy.  

Join us for a lunch discussion in which David will talk about Sanergy's story coming up through Sloan, winning the 100K and growing Sanergy into the leading social enterprise that it is today. 

David Auerbach graduated with an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, where he was the co-President of Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development. Prior to MIT, he ran the Partnerships, Policy, and Outreach division at Endeavor, a global nonprofit that supports High-Impact Entrepreneurs in emerging economies. David was the Deputy Chair for Poverty Alleviation at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005-6, and taught in China for two years as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow.
Sanergy promotes the fundamental human right to sanitation in the slums of Kenya by increasing access to and usage of hygienic sanitation facilities. Sanergy creates an efficient, equitable, and sustainable sanitation cycle by building a dense network of small-scale sanitation centers across the slums, developing a low-cost containerized waste collection infrastructure, and converting this waste at a central processing facility in to electricity, fertilizer, and other high-margin products.

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Conference

Nov 12-14

7:30AM-3PM

EcoDistricts Summit

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

The 2013 EcoDistricts Summit is a can’t-miss event for leaders shaping and building the urban neighborhoods of the future.

Each year, the Summit convenes leading municipal policymakers, developers, business leaders, planners, and community leaders – people with decision-making power – to share best practices and shape the growing EcoDistricts marketplace. Join us in Boston, and you will leave the Summit better connected, better prepared, informed and inspired to  build the neighborhoods of the future. Register here.

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Nov 13-14

9AM-5PM

The Lexicon of Sustainability Comes to MIT!

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What's the difference between 'pasture raised' and 'cage free'?

What are 'aquaponics'?

What is an 'urban farm' really?

Come see amazing photo collages that explain these and other important terms in food and agriculture as part of the pop-up exhibit courtesy of the Boston Museum of Science!

By illuminating the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture, and with it the conversation about America’s rapidly evolving food culture, the Lexicon of Sustainability helps people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America.

COME SEE IT FOR YOURSELF!

Sponsored by the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan and MIT Food and Agriculture Club

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Lunch Series

Nov 14

11:45AM-12:45PM

Ethics and sustainability in new enterprises?  Who has the time?

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A practical tension can arise between ethics and entrepreneurship in the bottom-line assertion that survival matters most; ethics is a luxury if the new enterprise fails.  Adding sustainability to the mix only exacerbates this tension, since the concept brings with it an additional burden of ethical commitment.  How can we balance the equation of means and ends, rights and responsibilities, short- and long-term goals in new enterprises?  This session will be a lively and off-the-cuff conversation between Leigh Hafrey, Bill Aulet, and Jason Jay, who are responsible for ethics, entrepreneurship, and sustainability activities at MIT Sloan.

Lunch will be provided; please RSVP here.

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Nov 21

6-8:30PM

Film Series: Sherpa’s Cinema Presents…All.I.Can

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Join the Sustainability Initiative and the Ski & Snowboard Club as we bring to you this month's Sustainability Film Series Event... 

Described as one of the most spectacular, captivating and thought-provoking films ever created in the action sports genre.

Pizza will be served; please RSVP here.

All.I.Can is a stunning exploratory essay that compares the challenges of big mountain skiing to the challenges of climate change.  Your journey will include: 

Morocco's majestic desert peaks
Greenland's Icy fjords
Chile's volcanic craters
Alaskan spine walls 
…and more

And enjoy an inspirational performance by the world's best skiers, such as:

JP Auclair
Ingrid Bergstrom
Eric Hjorleifson

Watch the trailer here.

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December

Lunch Series

Dec 5

11:45AM-12:45PM

How Do We ‘Hardwire’ Sustainability Into Business?

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Lunch will be provided; please RSVP here.

Guest Speaker: Daniel Aronson, Director and Practice Leader, Sustainability Transformation for Deloitte.

Daniel Aronson has worked in the field of Sustainability Strategy for over 19 years. As a consultant with and to major corporations such as Deloitte and IBM, he has developed a framework for thinking about find the submerged economic value of sustainability. In this session he will present the tools and metrics that help business leaders  making the business case for Sustainability.  

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Dec 5

4:30-6PM

Will MIT Lead Against Climate Change?- A Discussion on Divestment

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On the eve of a pivotal decision by MIT's Executive Committee as to whether to convene a committee to consider fossil fuel divestment at MIT, join us and an all-star panel at our capstone event of the year, to discuss MIT's role in leading against climate change.

More than 2000 MIT students, staff, faculty and alumni have signed Fossil Free MIT's petition calling on MIT to divest its $11 billion endowment from the fossil fuel industry. That number includes 1 in 4 of all undergraduates, and almost half of the Class of 2017. The MIT community's discussion on divestment is picking up the pace, and we need your help to take it to the next level.

Free and open to the public. Learn More: http://www.fossilfreemit.org/12-05-13-all-star-panel-a-discussion-on-divestment/

Share with friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1412924918944290/

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Dec 5

7-9PM

Transportation Mixer

Meadhall, 2nd floor

The MIT Transportation Club would like to invite you to the Transportation Mixer!
Come and meet others passionate about transportation and share research ideas. Are you more excited about the Google car or the Hyperloop? Come and tell us why!
Do you think that the main challenges faced by transportation systems are technical challenges, financial challenges or policy challenges? Come and tell us how to solve them!

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Lunch Series

Dec 10

11:45AM-12:45PM

CANCELLED—Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy

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Guest Speaker:  Jigar Shah

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Conference

Dec 12

8:30AM-6PM

MIT Water Summit 2013

Whitehead Institute

The MIT Water Club is pleased to announce the first MIT Water Summit, a landmark event that will bring  together experts from industry, academia, government, and investment to discuss the challenges and cutting-edge developments in the water sector. The all-day event is composed of thought provoking panel discussions featuring panelist from MIT, GE, Tufts University and many more. 

A cocktail reception will follow the discussion, providing an opportunity to mingle and interact in more depth with the speakers. The event will be held on December 12, 2013 at Whitehead Institute, MIT. Register now at their website at waterclub.mit.edu

MIT students, faculty and staff get in free!

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Lunch Series

Dec 12

11:45AM-12:45PM

Wrap-up

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We will discuss the Lunch Series this semester and welcome feedback.

Lunch provided; please RSVP here.

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Dec 12

6-9PM

Hult Prize @ MIT

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Interested in launching a social venture, winning $1 million, and meeting Bill Clinton?
Join the Hult Prize initiative taking place at MIT Sloan!
This year, the competition will focused on healthcare, specifically non-communicable diseases in urban slums.
Sign up for the pitch competition at: http://hult-prize-sloan.squarespace.com/

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2014

February

Lunch Series

Feb 5

12-1PM

Sustainability Lunch Series Kickoff Meeting featuring a Job Search workshop sponsored by the Social Impact Club

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Wednesday, February 5 at 2:00pm

Come join the Sustainability Initiative and the Social Impact Club (now Net Impact Club) for lunch and conversation as we kick off the spring semester. We'll talk about the initiatives for the spring — including Lunch Series programming, the Sustainability "Change Initiative Challenge", the Impact Investing series, job search networking and resources, OneSloan service day, and the Social Impact Club's rebranding back to Net Impact. And for those of you who are gearing up your job search in the social impact space for summer or full-time, we'll have a quick exercise to get you networked and chatting with other Sloanies interested in the same issues. 

Please fill out this survey ahead of time – it will take 2 minutes and will help us tailor career programming and connect you with like-minded Sloanies.

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Lunch Series

Feb 18

11:45AM-12:45PM

“Financing the Transition to Sustainability” Mini-Series:  Introduction to Finance and Sustainability

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Tuesday, February 18th at 11:45am

Join the Sustainability Initiative and Sloan Net Impact for the kickoff session of our impact investing mini-series! 

During this first session, Jason Jay, Director of MIT’s Sustainability Initiative, will explore the intersection of finance and sustainability.  Can we show that companies have the ability to shift from traditional, ROI-driven institutions to ones that not only aim to deliver value for stakeholders but also build a “high-sustainability culture?”  Given a broader definition of financial institutions, what are the implications for corporations, society and individuals?  Jason will lead a lively, engaging and interactive discussion with Jeffrey Shames, senior lecturer in MIT Sloan’s Finance department, and Glenn Cunningham, Associate Director of the MIT Sloan Career Development Office. 

Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP for Tuesday’s session http://goo.gl/ELR22x. 

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Feb 20

4:01-4:01PM

Film Series: 180∘ South (2010)

TBD

A cult classic for lovers of Patagonia Inc, the film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.  Along the way he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life - and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado. Jeff's life turns when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature - and have come to Patagonia to spend their fortunes to protect it. 

Co-sponsored by Thoughtforms and the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan

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Lunch Series

Feb 27

11:45AM-12:45PM

Lunchtime Roundtable: How to Find an Impact Job in 10 Days* with Kevin Flynn, VP at Commongood Careers Presented by: Net Impact, SEID, and the Sustainability Initiative

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This conversation is aimed at helping people running non-traditional career searches and we're sure Kevin Flynn will have some great and targeted advice. Kevin is the VP of Recruitment and Candidate Services for Commongood Careers, a recruiting and executive search firm here in Boston that places people in high-level impact jobs across the country. Following up on his presentation with the CDO at the beginning of the year, Kevin will host a roundtable discussion on best practices for finding an impact job and answer questions you have about the process.

Please RSVP here: http://goo.gl/5DcsCn

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March

Lunch Series

Mar 5

11:45AM-12:45PM

Social Impact Bond Workshop with Third Sector Capital Partners

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Part of the “Financing the Transition to Sustainability” Mini-Series

Wednesday, March 5th at 11:45am

As one of the fastest-growing social innovations in recent years, we are thrilled to have Pay for Success (PFS, also called social impact bonds) as part of the Impact Investing Mini-Series. John Grossman, an MIT Sloan Fellow alum and Project Manager for the recently announced $27 million dollar Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Initiative, will host this session. John will speak about the emerging PFS sector and will use an interactive case study to guide participants through the roles and decisions involved in building the country's first PFS initiatives.

Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP http://goo.gl/9ptNOk

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Mar 10

11:45AM-12:45PM

Manuel Piñuela, CTO of Drayson Racing Technologies

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. Last year its racing vehicle managed to achieve a top speed of 204.2mph (328.6km/h), breaking the World Land Speed Record For Electric Cars (https://vimeo.com/69173273).

The company is preparing for its participation in the new Formula-E Championship, while embracing a sustainable technology R&D business (http://www.draysonracingtechnologies.com/).

Please join us to check out how technologies such as wireless power transfer will simplify our lives and completely modify the way we interact with transportation systems

Please register in the following LINK (Lunch will served)

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Lunch Series

Mar 13

11:45AM-12:45PM

Sustainability in the Private Equity Sector – how leading financial institutions are creating value from a new lens

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The value creation thesis of private equity (PE) investors is to build stronger, more profitable, and resilient businesses.  Specifically, in today’s business context, PE-owned portfolio companies are facing a host of emerging sustainability challenges related to unprecedented environmental, social, and governance (ESG) pressures.  Topics like energy, reporting requirements, human rights, supply chain transparency, and increased investor scrutiny have created new risks and opportunities for companies to create value. 

Come join Beth Lowery, Senior Advisor for Environment and Sustainability at TPG, a leading global private investment firm with $55 billion of capital under management, and Kirk Hourdajian (MBA ’07), Manager in PwC’s Sustainable Business Solutions team, to explore how private equity investors are integrating sustainability across the deal continuum to reduce costs, drive revenue, and mitigate risks. 

In this candid conversation, Kirk and Beth will discuss the following topics, and will encourage student participation for further exploration:

Why is private equity interested in sustainability?  What have been the drivers for this work?
What does it take to convince investors and deal partners that this topic is important?
What are the different approaches for operationalizing this work?

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Mar 13

6-8PM

PwC Happy Hour

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PwC hosts a Happy Hour after their lunch series event on March 13th.  Kirk Hourdajian and Beth Lowery will be attending.

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Mar 20

6-8:30PM

Film Series: The Last Call

TBD

40 years ago a book shook the world. The Limits to Growth became a best seller world wide. It was based on a report by a team of brave scientists from the MIT. Today their message is more relevant than ever:  Planet Earth has its limits. Economic growth at full pace will bring our society and environment into overshoot and on the edge of collapse.  The documentary Last Call tells the story of the rise and fall, and of today’s rebirth of one of the most controversial and inspiring environmental books of all times. We follow the events through the book’s mentors– Aurelio Peccei and Jay Forrester – and the authors – Dennis and Donella Meadows, Jørgen Randers and Bill Behrens. All different personalities united by their care for future generations. 

http://www.lastcallthefilm.org/

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April

Apr 2

11:45AM-12:45PM

Monique Oxender, Sr. Dir. of Sustainability for GMCR Keurig

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Monique Oxender leads the efforts of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) to brew a better world. She joined GMCR in 2012 and has navigated a path for integrated sustainability management during the recent period of growth and change. This journey travels directly through the intersection of world benefit and business value, informed by meaningful internal and external stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining GMCR, Oxender designed and developed a leading supply chain sustainability program for Ford Motor Company.

Please save the date for a lunchtime discussion with Monique Oxender who leads GMCR Keurig's sustainability strategy. Monique will talk about the opportunities and challenges that GMCR Keurig has faced in establishing and pursuing its sustainability strategy in the face of big changes in the organization. 

Lunch will be served so please RSVP here

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Apr 2

12-1PM

Dean’s Innovative Leader Series

Wong Auditorium

Carl Bass, President and CEO of AutoDesk, Inc.

Light lunch available

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Lunch Series

Apr 8

11:45AM-12:45PM

Killing a MidWest Generation

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Kim Wasserman is a community organizer and Director of the Chicago-based Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. She was the North American recipient of the 2013 Goldman Prize – a highly prestigious award given to grassroots environmental heroes from six  continents each year – for her involvement in shutting down the Fisk and Crawford Coal plants of southwest Chicago; two of the nation’s oldest and dirtiest power plants. She has been the Keynote Speaker at such events as Power Shift 2013 and Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps training. Wasserman will be sharing with us the lessons that we can draw from her personal journey: from concerned single mother to  internationally recognized environmental leader.

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Apr 8

6-9PM

Climate Change and the Ski Industry

Firebrand Saints

You MUST RSVP — space is limited to 100, if your name isn’t on the list, you won’t be admitted.

The Sustainability Initiative and the Sloan Ski & Snowboard Club are proud to present, in co-operation with Protect Our Winters, a discussion and reception with…

Porter Fox, Editor of Powder Magazine and Author of Deep: The Story of Snow and the Future of Skiing

Auden Schendler, VP of Sustainability for Aspen Skiing Company, and author of Getting Green Done

**food and beverage will be provided all evening**

Porter and Auden are thrilled to be with us, and plan to stick around after to get to know our community.  So, please plan to stay after!  Finally, if you take the POW Seven Pledge — you will be entered into drawings for Free Gear Giveaways provided by Burton, POC, Black Diamond and More!

This is a call to action! The last decade has been the hottest on record.  And each of the last three decades has been warmer than the decade before.  No group sees this more clearly every year than winter sports enthusiasts, who, over the past half a decade have witnessed over a million square miles of spring snow cover disappear.  At the current rate of warming, experts estimate that the average ski days per season will soon dip below 100, and the probability of pre-christmas runs will decline by 75%.  The affect of declining snowfall, and warmer winters on ski resorts, means more snowmaking, which means more energy consumption, and greater strain on environmental resources.  Not to mention rising costs for the skiers who will bear the brunt of the cost to manage the increase in maintenance.  To raise awareness of the issues facing the ski industry,  Author and Editor Porter Fox, and VP of Sustainability for Aspen Skiing Company, Auden Schendler, will lead a lively discussion meant to both energize and engage our Sustainability and Snow Sports Community to start a movement and ignite change.

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Lunch Series

Apr 17

9:08-9:08AM

Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Informed Investing

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Part of the Financing the Transition to Sustainability Mini-Series

An investment fiduciary's subconscious instinctively jumps to the conclusion that profit maximization and delivering social value are at odds, which is not supported by economic theory, systems dynamics theory, or empirical evidence over the long-term.  This panel will explore how traditional asset managers are challenging that paradigm and using ESG metrics to inform their investment decisions.  Lead by Rob Wilson, Investment Officer and Institutional Portfolio Analyst at MFS Investment Management, this panel will explore the challenges asset managers are facing in trying to change the perspective on ESG investing.  The panel is comprised of Rob Wilson (MFS), Christina Zimmerman (Wellington), Matt Moscardi (MSCI), Chris McKnett (SsgA), and Mahesh Jayakumar (State Street Global Advisors and Sloan Alumni).

RSVP:  http://goo.gl/2sLlhj

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Apr 17

6-8:30PM

Film Series: One Day, Everything Will be Free

TBD

A feature-length documentary about an ecological restoration project run by a utopian community located in one of the most politically complicated and environmentally degraded terrains in the world—in an area of Haiti referred to locally as "the wasteland."  The movie explores the motivations, contradictions, and broader implications of Sadhana Forest Haiti, an unlikely reforestation community and agriculture project organized around an alternative, cashless economy in an area of Haiti devastated by soil erosion and social immobility.

http://onedayeverythingwillbefree.com/

Co-Sponsored by the MIT Food & Agriculture Club and the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan

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Apr 29

6-8PM

A Fireside Chat with Nike

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We are pleased to host a fireside chat with Eric Sprunk, COO of Nike and Hannah Jones, Vice President of Sustainable Business & Innovation.  The discussion will center around Nike's new case study on sustainability.  But more than that, it will be a unique opportunity to hear from two top executives talk in an informal setting about Nike’s history around sustainability, how future business leaders should innovate around sustainability and how nike has integrated sustainability into their core business.  It will also more broadly touch on the topics of systems change and collaboration.

Hannah Jones is Nike Inc’s VP of Sustainable Business & Innovation.

Eric Sprunk is NIKE, Inc's Chief Operating Officer leading all manufacturing, sourcing, IT and procurement for the company. Sprunk also oversees the company's efforts to drive innovation in the supply chain.

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Hannah Jones is Nike Inc’s VP of Sustainable Business & Innovation.

As VP of Sustainable Business & Innovation, she leads the team mandated with enabling the company to thrive in a future state sustainable economy through closed loop business models. Nike defines the sustainable economy as an economy where people, planet and profit are in balance and where economic growth is decoupled from scarce resources.

The SB&I teams role is to fuel and hothouse sustainable innovation, embed sustainability into the heart of the business model and catalyze system change through innovation partnerships with key constituencies (employees, consumers, policy makers, civil society and other industry) to enable a rapid transition to a sustainable economy.

Hannah was a founding member of the business advisory council to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). From 2007 – 2010 she chaired the Sustainable Consumption initiative for the Consumer Industries grouping of the World Economic Forum and was named a Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum in January of 2007. In 2013, Hannah was awarded the C.K. Prahalad Award for Global Business Sustainability Leadership.

ERIC SPRUNK

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Eric Sprunk is NIKE, Inc's Chief Operating Officer leading all manufacturing, sourcing, IT and procurement for the company. Sprunk also oversees the company's efforts to drive innovation in the supply chain.

Sprunk was previously Executive Vice President of Merchandising & Product where he was responsible for all NIKE Brand product across the company’s footwear, equipment and apparel engines from design and development to manufacturing and sourcing, delivering compelling stories to Nike consumers.

Sprunk joined Nike in 1993 and has worked in senior financial, product and global management roles. His most recent position was Vice President of Global Footwear where he drove the footwear creation process – developing new concepts, driving innovation and ensuring supply chain management across the product categories. Before Nike, Eric was an executive at Price Waterhouse managing the Nike account.

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May

Lunch Series

May 1

11:45AM-12:45PM

Financing the Transition to Sustainability Capstone Event

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Part of the Financing the Transition to Sustainability Mini-Series

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Conference

May 3-4

8AM-5PM

Sixth Annual Sustainability Summit

Media Lab (E14)

This will be the 6th annual MIT Sustainability Summit and has the theme of “Coastal Cities Sustainable Future”. This theme will focus on challenges that coastal cities face. Major cities around the globe, such as Boston, are facing challenges as population grows, climate changes, food, water, and energy resources become scarce but highly on demand.

Coastal cities are caught at the nexus of three forces that dominate the 21st century: rapid urbanization, climate destabilization, and continued integration of the global economy. These cities exhibit confounding duality. They grew at the boundary of sea and land and are shaped by the tension this geography brings. They are simultaneously threatened by the capriciousness of climate change and integral to networks of global trade. If coastal cities can navigate a transition towards sustainability and resilience, it may offer a path forward for the rest of the planet. This conference challenges traditional notions of urban development to ask how coastal cities can be the key to global sustainability.

Over the two day event, we will explore the challenges of achieving sustainability in these cities that must balance their role as a home to hundreds of millions of people with their role as major throughways for goods and knowledge in an interconnected world. We will hear from leaders in infrastructure, finance, government, fisheries, climate change, and technology about successes and failures of cities seeking this balance. Throughout the event participants will have the opportunity to experience the complexities of decision making in these coastal urban contexts in workshops, role playing simulations, and computer-based games.

To stay updated on the Summit, please check our website.

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May 22

6-8:30PM

Film Series: ELEMENTAL

TBD

An inspiring and unusually intimate portrait of modern environmental activism, ELEMENTAL inter-weaves the stories of three remarkable eco-warriors from across the globe. Separated by oceans, the characters in this film share an unwavering commitment to protecting nature. 

http://elementalthefilm.com/trailer/

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