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MIT Environment and Sustainability Weekly Roundup, November 13, 2022

Featured This Week

Mining, Environment, and Society

This September, ESI convened academics, industry, government officials and NGOs at the MIT Conference on Mining, Environment, and Society, to discuss the environmental and social challenges of supplying the materials for solar, batteries, the electric grid and more, and to identify opportunities for future collaboration.

The three-day virtual conference attracted over 350 attendees from 27 countries on six continents, and set the stage for future work on community engagement, ESG metrics, and government/industry relations in mining.
A panel conversation between Prof. Deanna Kemp, University of Queensland (top L), Rohitesh Dhawan, International Council on Mining and Metals (top R), and Scott Odell of ESI
Read more about the conference and ESI's Mining, Environment and Society Program.


Free Food for MIT Students at the DISCO!

ESI is pleased to announce our first DISCO—Drop In Sustainability Chat Opportunity! This walk-in event is for all students interested in sustainability who have questions about life after MIT. Our graduate Martin Fellows for Sustainability will be there (with a spread of free snacks!) to answer your questions about:
  • research projects
  • grad school
  • careers
  • whatever else is on your mind!
Drop by the MIT Libraries DEN on November 15 from 1-2 pm for some free food and free advice!

What We're Reading

Climate change and rising seas threaten Egypt's breadbasket: Egypt, the host of this year's UN climate change conference, is known for the extraordinary fertility of the Nile Delta. But much of the Delta is already at or below sea level—and vulnerable to encroaching saltwater.
-  AP
New York City
New York passes $4.2 billion environmental bond act on midterm ballot: The bond sale, a lesser-noticed result in the state's tumultuous midterm elections, will raise funds for climate change mitigation, wetland restoration, water infrastructure and more.
-  The Guardian


This Week
  • 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 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).
  • DISCO (Drop In Sustainability Chat Opportunity), a chance for MIT students with questions about pursuing sustainability in their time after graduation to chat with the Martin Fellows for Sustainability about: grad school; careers; research projects; or whatever else is on your mind! Free snacks will be available at this walk-in event. Tuesday, November 15, 1-2 pm at the MIT Libraries DEN (3-108). Learn more.

Save the Date
  • From PhD to Climate Venture, a conversation with partners at two climate tech venture funding firms and former startup founders about going from a PhD or postdoc to starting a company to solve climate challenges. Friday, December 2, 6-8 pm on the MIT campus. Register.
  • UP International Symposium on Environmental Management and Climate Change, a symposium hosted by Universidade Positivo of Brazil on natural and community solutions for tropical forest conservation. Prominently featuring members of ESI including Prof. John Fernández. December 4-7 in Curitiba, Brazil and online. Register (or submit an abstract).
  • Advancing Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Systems, a space-limited conference hosted by Stanford Graduate School of Business on building decarbonized and climate-resilient cities. February 24-25 on the Stanford University campus. Register or submit an abstract by November 18.

News & Media from MIT

Coordinating climate and air-quality policies to improve public health: A new tool from the MIT Joint Program and the MIT Institute for Data, Systems and Society pinpoints combinations of climate and air-quality policies that maximize health benefits.
- MIT News
Robert Stoner
Unpacking U.S. climate and infrastructure laws: On his way to the annual UN climate change conference, MIT Energy Initiative Deputy Director Robert Stoner takes stock of the two major pieces of climate and energy legislation passed by the most recent Congress.
- MIT Energy Initiative


Internships, Fellowships and Work Opportunities
  • Job: ESI is hiring a Postdoctoral Associate in Climate Communications and Engagement to deepen the scholarship of our climate change journalism activities and facilitate our climate journalism fellowship. Apply.
  • Student Job: ESI is hiring a graduate student Climate Science Researcher/Writer to review and update the MIT Climate Primer with citations and the latest climate research. Apply.
  • Student Job: Prof. Roberto Rigobon of MIT Sloan is hiring six undergraduate research assistants to support analysis of the infrastructure and institutions around carbon credits. Apply by November 15.
  • Student Jobs: The MIT Office of Sustainability is hiring MIT students for paid, part-time research positions. 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 is seeking a Development Officer to help fund its mission of advancing clean energy development. Apply.
  • Job: Kyanite Partners is hiring an Analyst to join their urban planning consultancy firm focused on economic development, climate resilience, and infrastructure. Apply.
  • Job: Transaera, an MIT spinoff designing affordable, low-carbon air conditioning, is hiring a chemical engineer. Apply.
  • 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: Applications are open for the CivicSpark Fellowships, a 7.5 month AmeriCorps work experience with public and nonprofit community organizations in California, Washington and Colorado focused on climate change, water management, and affordable housing. Apply by November 28.
  • Job: The Human Impacts Institute is hiring a 20-hour-a-week Program Coordinator to facilitate exhibits, workshops, events and communications. Apply.
  • Job: Covering Climate Now is hiring a Managing Director to oversee day-to-day operations and help set strategic direction in support of journalists and newsroom coverage of climate change. Apply.
  • Postdoc Positions: The Stockholm Resilience Center of Stockholm University is hiring five postdoctoral researchers and fellows for climate and sustainability related projects. Apply.
  • Jobs: The City of Boston is hiring for positions including an Air Quality Project Manager, a BERDO Review Board Manager overseeing building emissions reductions, an Energy Analyst, a Retrofit Resource Hub Manager to assist with energy efficiency retrofits, and an Energy Advocate to promote energy efficiency programs to Bostonians who would benefit from them.
Grants, Scholarships, Contests and Funding Opportunities
  • 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.
  • Grants: The MISTI Global Seed Funds are open for applications. Grants are available to all MIT faculty and principal investigators pursuing joint research collaborations with colleagues in foreign universities or research institutes. Learn more and apply by December 13.
  • Grant: The MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab has opened applications for the J-WAFS Water and Food Seed Grants, providing $150,000 over two years for MIT research with the potential for significant impact on water and food supply challenges. Apply by December 16.
  • Startup Incubator: Greentown Labs has opened applications for ACCEL, a one-year startup incubation program offering desk space, grant funding and mentorship for new companies in climatetech. Apply by December 23.
  • Contest: Net Impact has launched its Circular Plastics Challenge, for teams of students and/or professionals to offer upstream solutions to keep plastics out of the economy and the environment. The first-place team will receive $10,000. Apply by February 13.

Student and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Summer Program: The Caltech Resnick Sustainability Institute is offering a three-week intensive summer workshop on "Computer Vision Methods for Ecology," empowering ecologists to analyze large datasets. Apply by December 15.
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