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MIT Alumni for Climate Action Leadership (MITACAL) 
January 2016   
                                                   
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MITACAL NEWS

Climate News for the MIT Alumni Community and Beyond
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Harnessing the Power of MIT Alumni
Final proposals and public voting for the MIT Climate CoLab are drawing to a close on January 29th at 6 PM EST. Check out the Team MITACAL proposals (see below) in the Harnessing the Power of MIT Alumni competition and email us at info@mitacal.org if you want to get involved!

New to the CoLab? It’s easy to sign up! Simply visit climatecolab.org and click Register in the upper right, and create an account (you can simply login using your Facebook or Google accounts if you like). Then find MITACAL’s proposals and click “Support”!
MITACAL CoLab Proposals
Put a Price on Carbon
Momentum is building from community meetings to statehouses to the committee halls of Congress for carbon pricing. Massachusetts is becoming a national leader in the effort. Learn how MIT alums around the world can plug into this important mechanism for emissions reduction!
Create a Green Careers Hub
Many students and alums are interested in green careers, but don’t have the resources or expertise at hand to carve out their own path. A green careers hub will leverage existing career services to promote careers that help the climate for students and alums at all levels of professional development!
ClimateX
EdX, MIT’s successful online education platform, can be expanded to deliver technical information and communication skills on climate issues. This layer within EdX will bring together diverse experts and topics to bring this vital knowledge to alums and the public around the world!
Global Cities, Global Solutions
The trend towards urbanization presents unique challenges and opportunities for climate mitigation and adaptation. The expertise of MIT alums and global partners in fields ranging from architecture and planning to engineering and science as well as management, policy, and activism should be leveraged to ensure resilient, sustainable communities in a warmer world.
Upcoming Events
Jan 12: Cambridge kick-off for Georgetown Energy Prize

7:00 - 8:30 PM
344 Broadway, 4th Floor Conference Room, Cambridge, MA


Learn about current city-wide energy efficiency initiatives and share ideas for encouraging energy conservation within the City. Register here. More info here.
Jan 19-22: Climate Science & Policy IAP Lecture Series

MIT campus, multiple times & locations

Come to campus for a week of climate science and policy with students from the Joint Program on the Science & Policy of Global Change (attend as many sessions as you like). A panel on Jan 21 (6:30 PM, E51-315) with local climate leaders features MITACAL’s Quinton Zondervan. No registration required.
Jan 27: MIT on Climate = Science + Action Symposium

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
MIT Stata Center, Kirsch Auditorium (32-123)


Join the Earth Science Department for a full day of top-notch speakers discussing climate science and the role of basic research. Register here. Can't attend in person? Register anyway and click the box for "Send me the link to the webcast"!
Feb 2: Getting to Net Zero: Learning from Cambridge

7:00 - 9:00 PM
20 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA (First Parish in Concord, Parish Hall)


Join Concord Climate Action Network for a discussion with expert panelists, including MITACAL’s Quinton Zondervan, of how and why achieving net zero carbon emissions is an important step in creating sustainable communities.
MITACAL in the news
Response to conservative pundit George Will in Boston Herald
MITACAL’s Quinton Zondervan rebutted the hollow arguments of Will’s recent op-ed, which attempted to argue that the COP21 Paris agreement was a meaningless milestone, for the fossil fuel era will soldier on no matter what. Zondervan highlights Will’s defeatism and willful ignorance in dismissing the ongoing renewable energy revolution.
Call for premier Earth science org to cut ties with fossil fuel industry
MITACAL’s Britta Voss, together with Earth science graduate students at Harvard and MIT, shine a spotlight on the conflict of interest in the American Geophysical Union’s greenwashing of ExxonMobil in the Guardian.
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