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MIT Environment and Sustainability Weekly Roundup, September 4, 2022

Featured This Week

Introducing Briana Meier
Briana Meier
ESI's newest postdoctoral associate is Briana Meier, who will help us pursue new partnerships under the umbrella of "climate justice" where ESI's expertise can make significant contributions to efforts of marginalized communities to adapt to and help mitigate the impacts of climate change.

To introduce Briana, we asked her three questions about the concept of climate justice and her own work on temporary community installations in the wake of natural and human-made disasters.


The Climate Game
The Climate Game is this Tuesday, September 6!

We’ll have ice cream. We’ll have beloved professor John Sterman. And we’ll have a real-time climate model used to game out policy at the UN and the White House. This registration day, before the start of fall classes, join us for the Climate Game, where you’ll role-play global climate negotiations to see if you can lead the world to the right mix of policies—carbon tax! stop deforestation! capture methane!—to hold global warming under 2° Celsius and prevent the worst effects of climate change.
All members of the MIT community are welcome. Register now, or just show up this Tuesday at 1 pm at the Stata Center, Room 32-144.

Featured Classes

4.S24 X Machine is a mini accelerator workshop course uniting computer science, design and architecture, to create AI-based solutions to problems in the built and human environment. Students will design AI prototypes with user experience in mind and learn to pitch them to startup programs.
4.S28 Eyes in the Sky provides a hands-on introduction to using unmanned aerial vehicles for architecture, engineering, and construction practice, giving students real experience with drone operation, sensors, and image processing.

What We're Reading

wind turbines
This power line could save California—and forever change the American West: Reporter Sammy Roth travels the planned path of an immense electric transmission line from Wyoming to California, to understand the complex land use issues involved in building enough clean energy to power America's largest cities.
-  Los Angeles Times
From pest to protector: How beavers are helping fight climate change: Beaver dams can protect increasingly hot, parched landscapes from both drought and wildfires, by acting as a natural buffer and by allowing rainwater to collect in one place long enough to replenish groundwater reserves.
- CBS News


This Week
  • 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.

Save the Date
  • 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.
  • Ethics and Sustainability Student Showcase, a poster session featuring the summer work of MIT students at the intersection of science, technology, ethics, and sustainability. Wednesday, September 14, 4-6 pm in La Sala de Puerto Rico (Room W20-202).
  • 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.
  • MIT Energy and Climate Career Fair, an opportunity to meet employers in renewable energy, energy storage, transportation, energy finance and consulting, and more. Friday, October 21, 11 am-2 pm in La Sala de Puerto Rico (W20-202).
  • 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

The MIT/Kendall Square Open Space
Sustainable open space projects win BSLA Awards: Three recent landscape projects at MIT have won awards from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects—all with a theme of creating more climate-resilient spaces in and around the MIT campus.
- MIT Office of Sustainability
cement mixer
Why the carbon capture subsidies in the climate bill are good news for emissions: Carbon capture and storage is unlikely to ever become an economical way to generate clean electricity—but it may be essential to low-carbon manufacturing of cement, steel, fertilizer and more.
- MIT Technology Review


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.
  • Job: The Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy is looking for a Senior Climate Modeling Analyst to design system dynamics decarbonization models for multiple countries. To apply, email Travis Franck by September 9.
  • Job: Climate Interactive is seeking a Director of Modeling and Technology to oversee modeling and software development for the real-time climate policy model at the heart of the company's climate engagement mission. 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 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, Legislative Coordinator and Climate Justice Organizer 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Grants: MassVentures and MassCEC will provide grants up to $75,000 for researchers and early-stage companies to demonstrate initial prototypes of novel clean energy technologies. A percentage of grants are earmarked for women- and minority-owned companies. Apply by October 11.
  • 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.
  • Awards: Eni will award their Eni Awards for energy science innovations in the categories of "energy frontiers," "advanced environmental solutions" and "energy transition," with additional awards for young researchers and research debuts from Africa. Learn more and apply by November 25.

Workshops and Education
  • Workshop: The Wade Institute for Science Education will offer Our Climate, Our Communities: Science, Systems, and Solutions this September 23-December 11. This workshop for educators connects registrants with scientists, engineers, and new tools and resources while promoting best practices in bringing climate change concepts to the classroom. Sessions will be held both virtually and in-person in Salem, Massachusetts. PDPs and graduate credits available. Register.
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