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MIT Environment and Sustainability Weekly Roundup, September 26, 2021

Featured This Week

Career Fair Sustainability Initiative

Each fall, students at the MIT Career Fair are introduced to hundreds of employers across biotech and healthcare, finance, consulting, information technology, government and much more. “Applying what they have learned at MIT to the challenge of climate change and sustainability is now central to the working world,” says Sarah Meyers, Education Program Manager at ESI. This year's virtual career fair began this past Friday and will continue with two additional sessions this week.
Career Fair Sustainability Initiative
Today, MIT students want to know that the companies and organizations they choose are having a positive impact on climate and the environment. That's why ESI, in partnership with MIT Career Advising & Professional Development, the Climate and Sustainability Consortium, and the Sloan Sustainability Initiative, created the Career Fair Sustainability Initiative.
This initiative, now in its second year, helps students engage their potential employers on their commitments toward meaningful climate actions and environmental stewardship, and provides a guide to students in helping employers meet those commitments.

Our foremost goal is to prepare MIT students and their potential employers to engage in conversation about companies' climate and sustainability initiatives, and to bring to the forefront any job opportunities that are directly related to these efforts. We also provide data on employers' carbon emissions that will help students form their own opinions, and new this year, profiles of employees who work in positions related to sustainability.

Learn more and start using our resources at


People, Prosperity & the Planet Event

The newest event in ESI's People, Prosperity & the Planet series will be held this Wednesday, September 29, from 12 to 1 pm. In "Educating for a Sustainable Future: Mobilizing Higher Ed for the Climate Century," speakers from four leading universities will discuss new practices in teaching sustainability and the ways higher ed institutions can work together to better prepare students to tackle the world's environmental challenges.

This hybrid event is free for all to attend virtually, or for MIT faculty, students and staff to attend in-person. Register now.

What We're Reading

cleanup after Hurricane Ida in Louisiana
What a hurricane means when you live in Louisiana's "Cancer Alley": The cluster of chemical plants and oil refineries between New Orleans and Baton Rouge have contributed to some of the nation's highest cancer rates—and in the path of growing storms, the problem becomes more acute.
an algal bloom in the Baltic Sea
Nitrogen: The environmental crisis you haven't heard of yet: Overuse of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers is causing an environmental crisis, as algae blooms and oceanic “dead zones,” where aquatic life can't find enough oxygen to survive, grow in scale and frequency.
- Mongabay


Educating for a Sustainable Future: Mobilizing Higher Ed for the Climate Century
This Week
  • Climate Preparedness Week 2021. Featuring events all week on adapting to extreme weather, with a special focus on the Boston area. Find events.
  • Fall Showcase on Experiential Ethics and Sustainability, a poster session showcasing a wide variety of student projects that apply an ethics and sustainability lens to summer work experiences. The date and location of this event have changed to Tuesday, September 28, 4-6 pm, in La Sala de Puerto Rico in the Stratton Student Center.
  • Educating for a Sustainable Future, the latest event in ESI's People, Prosperity & the Planet speaker series. Representatives from four leading universities will discuss sustainability education at the university level and how educational institutions can learn from each other. This is a hybrid event open to anyone via webinar or to the MIT community in-person. Wednesday, September 29, 12-1 pm. Register.
  • Sustainability Career and Internship Info Session, part of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative's Lunch Series. Get tips on how to find internships and careers in sustainability. Thursday, September 30, 11:45 am-12:45 pm. This will be a hybrid in-person/virtual lunch session. Register.
  • Living with Heat, a climate change webinar hosted by the Environmental Business Council of New England to discuss solutions to the urban heat island effect and increasing heat waves in Boston. Thursday, September 30, 1-4 pm. Register.
  • Data Driven Sustainability Decisions: Using the MIT Sustainability DataPool, a virtual workshop for members of the MIT community where the MIT Office of Sustainability will teach you to use MIT's central tool for sustainability metrics. Friday, October 1, 1-2 pm. Register.

Save the Date
  • Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education, a virtual summit on the models, policies, research, and collaborations that advance sustainability in higher education. October 12-14. Learn more or register.
  • Financial Policy and the Environment, the 8th annual conference of the MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy, this year themed around the finance policy implications of climate impacts and solutions. This conference will be held virtually. October 20-21. Registration coming soon.
  • Sustainable Manufacturing, a webinar in the MIT Club of Germany's Climate Change Matters series. Featuring four experts on using digital technologies to make manufacturing more sustainable. Wednesday, October 20, 11 am-12:30 pm. Register.
  • A Discussion About the State of Climate Science between MIT Prof. Kerry Emanuel, author of Climate Science, Risk & Solutions, and NYU Prof. Steven Koonin, author of Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn't, and Why It Matters. Hosted by the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. This event is open to the MIT community only. Wednesday, October 20, 3:30-5 pm in Room 10-250. Register.
  • MIT Policy Hackathon 2021, an annual team event where challengers use real data from government, academic and industry partners to devise policy solutions to major social problems. Among this year's themes is environmental justice. The hybrid event will run October 22-24. Apply to compete by October 1.
  • VERGE 21, a virtual event for climate tech across energy, mobility, carbon removal, agriculture and more. With dozens of breakout sessions and keynote speakers including Gov. Gavin Newsom, Gina McCarthy and Bill McKibben. October 25-28. Browse the program and get tickets (registration for the keynotes is free).
  • MIT Energy Night, MIT's annual free summit on climate and energy innovations, featuring research labs, early stage startups, and a mix of industry and academic professionals in the clean energy space. Save the date, or apply by October 8 to be a presenter. Friday, October 29, 10 am-9 pm.
  • C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium & Awards, a virtual showcase and celebration of extraordinary women advancing a low-carbon energy future. November 3-4. Register.
  • Climatetech Summit 2021, Greentown Labs' annual climate technology entrepreneurship conference. Thursday, November 4, 9 am-8 pm. This year's conference will be a hybrid of in-person sessions at the Greentown Labs facilities in Somerville, Mass. and Houston, Texas with virtual livestreams. Get tickets.
  • MIT EnergyHack 2021, the MIT Energy Club's energy innovation competition. The hybrid event will run November 12-14. Apply to compete by October 7.
  • The Climate of Attention, a webinar with Elizabeth Kolbert, author of multiple best-selling books on climate change. Hosted by the Harvard Divinity School and the Planetary Health Alliance. Monday, November 15, 7 pm. Register.
  • The Climate of the Future, a webinar with Kim Stanley Robinson, author of The Ministry for the Future. Hosted by the Harvard Divinity School and the Planetary Health Alliance. Monday, November 22, 7 pm. Register.
  • Cultivate Tomorrow, the first US hackathon focused on cellular agriculture and cell cultured food. Teams of undergraduate and graduate students, working with industry mentors, will solve problems in the production, marketing and communication of cell cultured food. The hybrid competition will take place the week of January 17. Learn more or apply to compete by November 15.

News & Media from MIT

a rice plantation in Indonesia
Two lessons from the landmark IPCC report on climate change: MIT's Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab highlights what the latest climate science means for international development and alleviating global poverty.
building construction
Predicting building emissions across the US: Researchers at the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub have analyzed greenhouse gas emissions from future buildings across America and outlined region-specific solutions.
- MIT News


Internships, Fellowships and Work Opportunities
  • Student Fellowships: The MIT Office of Sustainability is hiring two upper-level undergraduate or graduate students for paid, part-time fellowships, in Sustainability Data Analytics and Scope 3 Emissions Evaluation. Apply.
  • Job: The MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative is seeking a part-time Sustainability Research Projects Coordinator to support research and engagement efforts with a focus on ESG measurement in capital markets. Apply.
  • Job: The MIT Energy Initiative is hiring a postdoctoral associate for a techno-economic study of low-carbon electrolytic hydrogen production. Apply.
  • Jobs: MIT Solve is hiring for a wide variety of positions, from entry-level to leadership, as it expands its operations to offer seed funding and support to high-impact innovations on major social and environmental problems around the world. Learn more.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships: The Tufts University Climate Policy Lab is hiring postdocs in energy R&D, climate finance, sustainable development in water and food systems, and more. Learn more.
  • Job: Dartmouth's Irving Institute for Energy & Society is hiring an Undergraduate Education and Internship Coordinator to develop and implement undergraduate programming in energy and society. Learn more.
  • Jobs: The City of Boston is hiring two Project Managers for its Climate and Environmental Planning Team. Apply.
  • Job: The Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Global Ecology is hiring a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research on net-zero-emission energy technologies and systems. Learn more and apply.

Grants, Scholarships, Contests and Funding Opportunities
  • Contest: The X Prize has opened registrations for the $100 million X Prize for Carbon Removal. In phase 1, up to 15 projects to remove CO2 from the atmosphere (through technology, natural solutions, or hybrid concepts) will receive $1 million each for early demonstrations and advancements. A total of $5 million will also be given to student teams working on relevant solutions. Learn how to apply by October 1 for student teams or by December 1 for all others.
  • Contest: The MIT Policy Hackathon will be held October 22-24. Apply to compete by October 1.
  • Contest: The MIT EnergyHack will be held November 12-14. Apply to compete by October 7.
  • Contest: The Global Change Award is accepting applications from teams with ideas for creating a sustainable fashion future. Winners will share in a €1 million grant and join a one-year GCA Impact Accelerator to scale up their ideas. Learn more and apply by October 20.
  • Research Fellowship: The MIT Center for International Studies will award six MIT students, undergraduate or graduate, a $2000 fellowship for research projects at the intersection of human rights and technology. Learn how to apply by October 25.
  • Contest: Conservation X Lab has opened its Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge: The Amazon, offering a total of $1 million in prizes to teams developing solutions to address the environmental and social costs of small-scale gold mining in the Amazon. Apply by November 1.
  • Contest: The Department of Energy has opened the 2022 Geothermal Collegiate Competition, inviting student teams to develop innovative solutions for geothermal energy deployment, with prizes of up to $10,000. Learn more and submit your solution by November 4.
  • Contest: Cultivate Tomorrow, a hackathon focused on cellular agriculture, will be held in January 2022. Apply to compete by November 15.
  • Grant: MISTI-Spain is calling for proposals for its INDITEX Circularity Seed Fund, a $30,000 grant for collaborations between MIT groups and research institutions in Spain that advance sustainability in the textiles industry. Apply by December 13.

Volunteer and Student Group Opportunities
  • MIT Energy Night: MIT's biggest clean energy event will take place October 29. If you would like to present your research or technology, apply by October 8.
  • Climate Education: Climate Interactive is seeking En-ROADS Climate Ambassadors to learn how to run climate policy simulation games for classrooms, legislators, and community groups. Learn how to apply.
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