MIT ESI Newsletter, Issue 12
March - April 2018 Newsletter | Issue 12

From the Director | Of Note | Events | Announcements | News


When Amanda Graham and I first took up the roles of ESI Executive Director and Director, respectively, we launched into a series of meetings with the MIT community. One of the results of our many conversations was the formulation of an agenda for the initiative that cut across our three main activities; research, education, and convening. That agenda has now been updated and I encourage you to take a look. This latest agenda takes what we have learned about our community and matches it with the prospects for real impact in the world...Read more


Metals, Minerals and the Race to 2050

Governments around the world are preparing to implement their 2050 emissions reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement, many of which will hinge on a transition to renewable energy sources for electricity generation and transportation...Read more

Achieving Water Affordability in America's Shrinking Cities
The United Nations defines an affordable water bill as not exceeding 3% of a household’s income; the EPA suggests 2.5% (as cited in Carolini and Susskind’s lunch presentation). However, in the U.S., there are no regulations to ensure these definitions are met...Read more


April 6 - May 19
Climate Changed Events Series: AFTER MODELS? Exhibition 

On view April 6–May 19, 2018 in the Keller Gallery, Building 7, Room 408.

More information

April 12-15
#CPWHunt: Twitter Scavenger Hunt for Prefrosh

Compete in ESI’s first ever scavenger hunt: #CPWHunt. Build your MIT sustainability knowledge by tweeting the most photo-ops over CPW. Play to win exciting prizes including a solar powered phone charger & more. Good luck!

Full details

April 21, 9am - 12pm
ESI Earth Day Celebration

Get outside and celebrate Earth Day with the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative! Learn about the environment and how we impact our planet through hands-on, interactive activities for all ages, designed and led by MIT students.

Learn more on our Facebook page

April 26, 4pm
Blue Carbon: A Transformational Tool for Marine Management & Conservation Globally

Hear Dr. Emily Pidgeon from Conservation International give an overview of the potential for blue carbon to contribute to coastal conservation efforts and the challenges facing implementation from international to national to local scales. Join Dr. Pidgeon on April 26, 4pm, in 48-316.

If you are interested in meeting Dr. Pidgeon, email


UROPs with Conservation International: 

Using Drones to Combat Deforestation in the Peruvian Andes

ESI is sponsoring two unique international UROPs in summer 2018 in collaboration with Conservation International. Check out our UROP page for more information on how to apply for this opportunity!
MITOS Summer 2018 Sustainability Fellowships

MIT Office of Sustainability is seeking student applicants for full-time, paid Sustainability Fellowships for this summer. Join a dynamic, collaborative office that is developing MIT’s next generation vision of campus sustainability.

 For more information, visit MITOS Jobs and Fellowships. The final deadline to apply is April 13.
Martin Fellow 2018 Selection
The Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability is a community of MIT doctoral students pursuing sustainability research in a wide array of fields and topics. Each year, approximately ten outstanding students are selected to receive one academic year of fellowship support.  We are pleased to announce this year's Fellows:
Mara A. Freilich, EAPS
Elise S. Harrington, DUSP
Rebecca S. Kim, Chemistry
Marco A. Miotti, IDSS
Sarah E. Sofia, MechE
Jessica Varner, Architecture
Daniel Gallagher, DUSP
Fatima A. Hussain, CEE
Samantha A. McBride, MechE
Adam J. Rieth, Chemistry
Maya F. Stokes, EAPS
Please join us in congratulating them!


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