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MIT Environment and Sustainability Weekly Roundup, August 7, 2022

Featured This Week

Martin Fellows for Sustainability

Ten extraordinary MIT graduate students will join the Martin Society of Fellows for Sustainability this fall. Read about their projects on the Martin Fellows website, or learn about the fellows and their research in a short video:
The 2022-23 Martin Fellows for Sustainability

What We're Reading

a dairy farm
How the climate deal would help farmers aid the environment: The U.S. Senate's Inflation Reduction Act includes expanded programs under the Department of Agriculture designed to reduce methane emissions from farms and encourage carbon storage in soils.
- AP
Tauranga on the coast of New Zealand
New Zealand unveils first national plan to adapt to climate change: Many countries have released plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Now New Zealand is looking ahead to the changes it will have to make to withstand the climate change it cannot prevent.
- Voice of America


This Week
  • En-ROADS Climate Workshop, a webinar with the team at Climate Interactive using their En-ROADS climate policy simulator to look at the impacts of different climate actions in the recently unveiled U.S. Senate bill. Wednesday, August 9. Register for sessions at 7 am or 2 pm.

Save the Date
  • MIT Conference on Mining, Environment, and Society, a virtual conference hosted by ESI to examine environmental and social challenges around mining in a renewable energy-powered future, and what stakeholders from industry, academia, NGOs, communities and governments can do to address them. Wednesday, September 7 - Friday, September 9. Learn more and register.
  • Climatetech Career Fair, a Greentown Labs event inviting young professionals to learn about the climate workforce. Tuesday, September 13, 5:30-7:30 pm in Somerville, Mass. Register.

  • 2022 MIT Sustainability Conference, a showcase for MIT research programs and startups engaged in decarbonization of industry and climate forecasting and resilience in corporate enterprises. Featuring workshops for deep engagement with leading MIT centers. September 20-21 in Cambridge, Mass. Get tickets (free for MIT faculty, students and staff).
  • Global Clean Energy Action Forum, a three-day event featuring roundtables with energy and science ministers from 31 countries, technology demonstrations, and participants from international organizations, the private sector, academia and more. Wednesday, September 21 - Friday, September 23 in Pittsburgh. Register.
  • MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium Annual Symposium, featuring sessions on climate implications of computing and communications, investment in climate startups, and opportunities for finance to accelerate adoption of climate solutions. Tuesday, October 18, 9 am-6:30 pm in the MIT Media Lab. Register.
  • National Adaptation Forum, a conference for professionals in the public and private sectors dedicated to planning for and adapting to climate change-related hazards. October 25-27 in Baltimore. Learn more and get tickets.
  • Greentown Labs Climatetech Summit 2022, the annual showcase, conference and networking event from climate technology incubator Greentown Labs. Wednesday, November 2 in Houston and Thursday, November 3 in Somerville, Mass., with free livestream of keynotes and sessions both days. Get tickets.
  • 4th International Conference on Renewable Energy, Resources and Sustainable Technologies (Energytech 2022), a two day in-person conference hosted by Coalesce Research Group that includes prompt keynote speakers, presentations, oral talks, poster presentations, networking events and an exhibition. The theme is "Generation of Energy Evolution for Sustainable Future" and will cover a broad range of Renewable Energy topics. Monday, November 14 - Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at Mercure Roma West, Rome, Italy. Learn more and register

News & Media from MIT

electric car
EV tax credits could stall out on lack of US battery supply: The Senate's climate bill extends tax credits for electric cars—if the batteries are made in countries we share free trade agreements with. The move to secure our supply chains carries risks.
- MIT Technology Review
a ray on the ocean floor
For deep ocean mining, questions abound: Clean energy technologies rely on minerals that are in short supply. The final episode of the Undark podcast explores the promise and perils of sourcing them from the ocean floor.
- Undark


Internships, Fellowships and Work Opportunities
  • Jobs: The MIT Office of Sustainability is hiring a Sustainability Data Engineer. Apply.
  • Job: The MIT Energy Initiative and Commonwealth Fusion Systems are hiring a Program Manager to organize, coordinate, and streamline the project management of a broad portfolio of concurrently running fusion research projects at MIT. Apply.
  • PhD Candidate: The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is seeking a four-year PhD candidate in rural development to research sustainability in iron ore extraction. Apply by August 14.

  • Post-Doc: The Center for Social Transformation at USC is seeking a postdoctoral research associate for one-year position beginning fall 2022, to contribute to and lead the design of new research projects related to individual judgment and decision-making in situations where environmental, social, and economic priorities intersect. To apply, email Joe Árvai with your CV, letter of interest, official graduate transcripts, refereed journal articles or other research examples, and three references.
  • Job: The Boston University URBAN Graduate Program is seeking a Program Manager to advance the program’s work training graduate students to tackle urban environmental challenges in partnership with governments, NGOs and the private sector. Apply.
  • Jobs: Climate Interactive, which uses an interactive real-time climate model for climate policy education, is hiring two system dynamics modelers to be their Director of Technology and Senior Modeler. Contact Drew Jones for information or to apply.
  • Job: The Engine, an early-stage technology venture fund in Cambridge, Mass., is hiring a Policy & Climate Strategist. Apply.
  • Job: The City of Boston is hiring an Air Quality Project Manager. Apply.
  • Job: The Bezos Earth Fund is hiring a Director of Technology Acceleration to identify high-leverage opportunities to accelerate commercialization of technologies the world needs to combat climate change and protect the natural world. Apply.
  • Jobs: The Environmental League of Massachusetts is hiring a Campaign Manager to support all electoral and advocacy efforts of the Action Fund, among other open positions. Apply.
  • Jobs: The Better Future Project is hiring a Development Manager/Director to support a variety of climate advocacy projects in Massachusetts. Apply.
  • Job: Spark Climate Solutions is seeking a Climate Solution Scientist to engage in strategic scientific research road-mapping, investigating where high-leverage climate solution opportunities may be gathering dust in researchers’ backlogs of unfunded proposals, and getting them moving. Apply.
  • Jobs: Ebb Carbon, which is developing an electrochemical process to sequester carbon in the ocean while fighting ocean acidification, is advertising multiple positions in chemical and mechanical engineering, modeling, and oceanography. Browse jobs.
  • Jobs: Phoenix Tailings, which reclaims mining waste as a more sustainable source of metal ore, is advertising multiple positions in chemical and materials engineering and research and development. Browse jobs.
  • Jobs: RISE Robotics, which develops fully electric systems for heavy machinery, is advertising multiple positions in electrical and mechanical engineering. Browse jobs.
  • Jobs: Keystone Tower Systems, a manufacturer in wind power, is advertising multiple positions in electrical, mechanical and software engineering for its Denver and Pampa, Texas locations. Browse jobs.
  • Fellowship: The Sorbonne University – Paris Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) has open applications for their Chair on “Major Changes” that offers 5 and 10-month fellowships at the Paris IAS in the academic year 2023-2024 to work on a project on the societal or ethical dimension and impacts of digitization and artificial intelligence and/or the environmental transition. Learn more and apply by October 4.
Grants, Scholarships, Contests and Funding Opportunities
  • Startup Program: The Engine, a "tough tech" accelerator spun out of MIT, has opened calls for Blueprint, a one-month nonresident program to help graduate students, postdocs, research scientists, faculty members and their teams explore the commercial opportunities of their startup projects. Learn how to apply by August 12.
  • Reporting Fellowship: The Association of Health Care Journalists is seeking Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellows, providing seminars, workshops, mentoring opportunities and a small stipend to early career journalists in science, health and environment reporting. Apply by September 1.
  • Startup Program: Greentown Labs, with BASF and Magna, has opened applications for Go Move 2022, awarding $25,000, work space, networking and mentorship to startups working to decarbonize the lifecycle impact of the automotive industry. Learn more and apply by September 30.
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