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MIT Environment and Sustainability Weekly Roundup, July 18, 2021

Featured This Week

Introducing Liz Potter-Nelson

ESI has a brand-new hire this week: Liz Potter-Nelson, our postdoctoral associate in environment and sustainability education.

Liz has long roots in education, having worked as a high school physics and chemistry teacher, a science department chair, and in multiple advisory positions for teachers and administrators. She also holds a doctorate in Educational Sustainability from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where her dissertation examined key sustainability competencies in undergraduate education courses. At ESI, Liz will focus on bringing new climate, environment and sustainability teaching tools to teachers in secondary and higher education across the U.S.

To introduce Liz, we asked her three questions about bringing sustainability concepts into classrooms. Read her answers on our website.

Liz Potter-Nelson


Postdoctoral Position with ESI

ESI is hiring a postdoctoral associate for new research projects with a focus on environmental justice! This postdoc will develop research that builds on our Here & Real Project, dedicated to direct engagement with communities in hydrocarbon-producing regions of the U.S. and people who will be affected by the transition to a clean energy economy.

Learn more about the position and apply now. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.

Featured Class

15.366 Climate and Energy Ventures is recruiting graduate students with innovative technologies and business concepts to join the class for Fall 2021. This class has spun out over 30 ventures over the past 10 years.

Typically, 15.366 sources at least 10-12 technologies/venture concepts per semester, and teams (balanced in skillset between tech, business and policy) are formed around these innovations. These teams then work throughout the course of the semester to develop the venture’s business and market-launch efforts.

Learn more about the class, and fill out this interest form to apply. The form includes an invitation to two informational events this Tuesday, July 20, and Thursday, July 22.

What We're Reading

flood disaster response
China's extreme weather warnings avoid talk of climate change: State media often frame climate change as a global problem that China can lead in solving, not as a crisis that affects its citizens’ daily lives.
- Bloomberg Green
fire and deforestation in the Amazon
Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs: Fires are the principal cause, but in large swathes of the Amazon, heat and drought are also causing trees to die and release their stored carbon into the atmosphere.
- The Guardian


This Week
  • Race and Climate Justice, a talk with Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director of Lawyers for Civil Rights, hosted by the Cambridge Public Library. Tuesday, July 20, 6-7 pm. Register.
  • Financing the Clean Economy, a webinar from the C3E Women in Clean Energy series, featuring investors in emerging energy transition technologies. Thursday, July 22, 2-3 pm. Register.

Save the Date
  • Applied Energy Symposium: MIT A+B, a three-day symposium co-hosted by MIT and Harvard on A) the rapid deployment of existing, proven low-carbon energy technologies, and B) the development of next-generation energy technologies that could begin deployment at the terawatt scale by mid-century. August 11-13.
  • Climapalooza, Boston's annual climate action rally and benefit concert. Friday, September 17, 7-9 pm. Save the date.
  • Climate Preparedness Week 2021. Save the date for this week of virtual and Boston-area events on extreme weather adaptation, or apply to host an event of your own. September 24-30.

News & Media from MIT

Victoria Preston
Designing exploratory robots that collect data for marine scientists: Victoria Preston, one of ESI's 2021 Martin Fellows for Sustainability, programs underwater robots to collect environmental data, pinpoint sources of pollution and track changes over time.
- MIT News
Why the grid is ready for fleets of electric trucks: Heavy-duty vehicles like trucks and buses represent 10% of all motor vehicles but 50% of their greenhouse gas emissions. For short-haul transport, cleaner electric trucks are ready to deploy without straining electric supply.
- MIT Technology Review


Internships, Fellowships and Work Opportunities
  • Job: ESI is hiring a postdoctoral associate to undertake research related to environmental justice, with a primary focus on hydrocarbon-producing regions of the United States. Learn more and apply.
  • Student Job: The MIT Office of Sustainability is hiring upper-level undergraduate or graduate students as summer fellows, to advance projects in data analytics and carbon offsets. 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.
  • Job: GreenInfo, a public interest data visualization and communication group with a focus on environmental policy and analysis, is seeking a new Associate Director in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn how to apply.
  • Job: The Sequoia Climate Fund is hiring a Climate Policy Data Scientist to support the fund's grantmaking with credible data analyses and methodologies to assess the emissions abatement potential of a wide variety of project types. Apply.
Grants, Scholarships, Contests and Funding Opportunities
  • Graduate Application Program: Dartmouth College is accepting applicants for its EEES Scholars Program, a 3-day workshop that helps students interested in graduate programs in environmental fields to navigate the application process. Students, especially those from underrepresented minorities in STEM and the environment, can apply by July 23.
  • Contest: The ClimateScience Olympiad 2021 is open for registrations. Compete in teams of 2 to create solutions for the UN sustainable development goals, with $10,000 in prizes on offer in the final round at the COP25 UN climate summit in Glasgow. Register by August 1.
  • Accelerator Program: Greentown Labs has launched the Healthy Buildings Challenge, offering networking, mentorship, office space, and $25,000 in grant funding to startups focused on building technologies that optimize for both human health and climate change mitigation. Read the RFP and apply by August 25.
  • 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
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