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Introduction to Sustainability Education
Liz Potter-Nelson
ESI published our latest white paper this week, "An Introduction to Sustainability Education" by Elizabeth Potter-Nelson, our postdoctoral associate in environment and sustainability education. The white paper presents background information on the history of sustainability education, definitions of sustainability, and frameworks used to think about sustainability literacy. It also provides some practical resources for educators to include sustainability content and approaches in their own instruction.
This white paper is the capstone to Elizabeth's time with ESI, during which she developed and launched the SCALES (Sustainability and Climate Change Across Learning Environments) project, producing an online resource for high school and post-secondary educators to find information about climate and sustainability, relevant lessons and activities for their students, and guidance on sustainability instructional techniques. Elizabeth now continues to a new role at the University of Maine-Farmington, where she will be an assistant professor in physics and science education.

Read the full white paper.

What We're Reading

arctic foxes
Meanwhile, Congress is set to pass a huge wildlife conservation bill with bipartisan support: The Inflation Reduction Act isn't the only significant environmental measure speeding through Congress. An overhaul to our funding for wildlife conservation is expected to help protect neglected species and ecosystems.
- Vox
Massachusetts State House
What to know about the new Massachusetts climate law: Less than two years after the sweeping climate law that pledged to reach net-zero statewide carbon emissions by 2050, Massachusetts has passed follow-on climate legislation that provides further details and resources toward meeting that target.


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.
  • 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).
  • 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

ESI Director John Fernandez
Pathways towards a sustainable future: ESI Director John Fernández talks to the MIT Industrial Liaison Program about his wide-ranging international work on sustainable, climate-resilient cities.
- MIT Industrial Liaison Program
J-WAFS projects
New J-WAFS-led project combats food insecurity: The Jameel Index for Food Trade and Vulnerability will study the implications of climate change on food security as they relate to trade.
- MIT News


Internships, Fellowships and Work Opportunities
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Conservation Law Foundation's Boston office is seeking a 20-hour-a-week Guest Researcher to conduct independent research connected to CLF's urban forestry initiative. To apply, send a CV and cover letter to Dr. Tracy Corley.
  • 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 Coordinator/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
  • 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.
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