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MIT Environment and Sustainability Weekly Roundup, August 28, 2022

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Climate and Sustainability Classes at MIT

Every year, MIT is adding more classes to help students build skills and knowledge related to climate solutions and sustainable practice and design. Whether you're looking to fulfill your GIR requirements, choosing electives in your major, or just seeking offbeat subjects to expand your horizons, we're certain there's a class for you—over 125 of them in 23 undergraduate departments. Find your class today, or look for our ads around campus for tips on choosing coursework that will prepare you for the climate century.
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Empowerment in Climate Action: Lessons from the Weekender

ESI's Climate Machine and the Anjunabeats record label will host a webinar on Wednesday, September 21 at 11:30 am Eastern to share lessons from a recent collaboration at the Above & Beyond Group Therapy Weekender music festival in Washington State.

Anjunabeats' audiences have a high level of awareness of the challenges around climate change. How can we help lower the threshold for climate action? Relive some Group Therapy Weekender magic as ESI's Norhan Bayomi (aka electronic musician Nourey) presents brand new climate engagement research from the festival.

Register now.

What We're Reading

Shanghai's famous Bund, whose light show is shutting down to save electricity
China intensifies measures to deal with heatwave and power shortages: The heatwave is the worst in China's recorded history, lasting three months across large stretches of the country where temperatures have often topped 100° F and surging demand for energy has met stunted supplies of hydropower.
-  Financial Times
a demonstration of Star Scientific's technology
Startup's hydrogen breakthrough may give new life to coal plants: An Australian fusion research lab has reportedly stumbled on a different clean energy innovation: a new method to superheat hydrogen wiithout burning it, as a power source for old coal-powered turbines. Photo credit: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg
- Bloomberg


Save the Date
  • The Climate Game, ESI's back-to-campus game for all MIT students. Role-play as delegations from different countries negotiating on world climate policy—using the innovative real-time climate model from Climate Interactive to learn if your proposals can prevent catastrophic global warming. Ice cream will be served. Tuesday, September 6, 1-4 pm in Stata 32-144. RSVP.
  • 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.
  • Funding Climate, Energy and Sustainability Ventures, an online event with MIT Venture Mentoring Service featuring a panel of founders who have raised funding for sustainability projects, followed by a roundtable with funders. Thursday, September 15, 6 pm. Register.
  • Climapalooza, the annual Boston climate action rally and benefit concert. Friday, September 16, 6-9 pm, outdoor location to be announced. Learn more.
  • 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).
  • Empowerment in Climate Action: Lessons from the Weekender, a virtual presentation with ESI and the Anjunabeats record label on new climate engagement activities at this summer's Weekender music festival. Wednesday, September 21, 11:30 am-1 pm. Register.
  • 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.
  • Sustainability Lunch Series: Fall Kickoff, the return of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative's lunch series, featuring representatives from MIT's many sustainability-oriented clubs. Thursday, September 22, 11:30 am-12:30 pm at MIT. Register free.
  • Sustainability Ecosystem Mixer, a chance for all sustainability-oriented students at MIT to mingle over food and drinks with the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative. Wednesday, September 28, 5-7:30 pm at MIT. Register free.
  • 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
  • 2022 MIT Research and Development Conference, featuring tracks on "climate and the environment" and "sustainable solutions," where MIT researchers, startups, and global business leaders present innovations to tackle worldwide challenges. November 15-16 at the Boston Marriott Cambridge. Register (free to MIT students, faculty and staff).

News & Media from MIT

TILclimate logo
Today I learned about electric cars: ESI's climate change podcast, TILclimate (Today I Learned: Climate), talks to MIT Prof. David Keith about electric vehicles: how our road and energy networks will have to adapt as more of them hit the road, and the problems they do and don't solve in cleaning up our transportation system.
- TILclimate
an oil rig
Stranded assets could exact steep costs on fossil energy producers and investors: A study from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change finds that even under modest global action on climate change, oil and coal companies may find themselves with tens of trillions of dollars of fossil fuels they're unable to extract.
- MIT Joint Program


Internships, Fellowships and Work Opportunities
  • Student Jobs: The MIT Office of Sustainability is hiring MIT students for paid, part-time positions in both research and climate communications. Apply.
  • Job: The MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium is hiring a Program Coordinator to support their finance and administrative needs. 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.
  • Job: The MIT Energy Initiative is seeking a Development Officer to help fund its mission of advancing clean energy development. Apply.
  • Job: The MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative is hiring a Program Assistant to contribute to event management, accounting, administrative support, and course support. Apply.
  • Jobs: The MIT Office of Sustainability is hiring a Sustainability Data Engineer. Apply.
  • Fellowship: Conservation International is hiring a Social Inclusion Fellow to strengthen engagement with Afro-descendant communities in the Americas around conservation and climate solutions. Apply.
  • Fellowship: The Department of Energy is looking for ARPA-E Fellows for fall 2022, early-career PhD students and engineers who will spend two years in Washington, D.C., guiding program creation, agency strategy, and outreach for federal advanced energy research projects. Apply by August 31.
  • Fellowship: The Activate Fellowships, providing a generous two-year stipend along with $100,000 in startup funding and access to additional capital, are seeking applications for their 2023 cohort. Applicants should have early-stage tech ideas to address climate change and other urgent sustainability challenges. Apply by October 31.
  • 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.
  • 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 and a Legislative Coordinator 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
  • 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.
  • Contest: The U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative has opened its C3E poster competition, inviting female students and early-career researchers to submit one-minute video poster presentations on their clean energy research projects. Apply by September 1.
  • Contests: The Enel Foundation will award up to €30,000 for innovative solutions for: long-term contracts for renewable electricity; grid resilience to extreme weather events; and improved operation and maintenance of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Submit your solution by September 25.
  • Contest: The Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab invites MIT students, post-docs and recent alumni to submit to the World Food Day Video Competition, awarding up to $1500 for videos showcasing exciting food and agriculture research. Apply by September 27.
  • 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.
  • Contest: Global Partners is seeking applications for their Fuel the Future student design competition, awarding up to $10,000 for designs for novel fueling stations. Apply by October 14.
  • Contest: NASA's Gateways to Blue Skies competition challenges student teams to conceptualize future clean energy sources for aviation. Learn how to compete by October 17.

Student Group and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Conference Leadership: The MIT Energy and Climate Club is accepting applications for the leadership of the 2023 MIT Energy Conference. Apply by August 31.
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