MIT ESI Newsletter, Issue 13

May - June 2018 Newsletter | Issue 13


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

The academic year has now come to a close and we hope it was productive and enlightening for all. As I alluded to in my December 2017 Director’s note, we suspected this spring was going to be busy and it certainly was.

We hosted our third Earth Day celebration as part of the Cambridge Science Festival; co-sponsored the Climate Changed symposium, exhibit and design competition with the School of Architecture and Planning; continued our monthly Environment-Sustainability lunch talks; co-sponsored the on-campus screening of two important documentaries; helped to organize the One Sustainable World spring party on campus which had 13,000 attendees; updated the ESI agenda; published the first ESI video; and much more.

We also continued developing the four program areas I described in my April 2018 note - nature based solutions for climate change, mining and the environment, plastics and the environment, and future cities. We are now engaging with a number of organizations, foundations and companies on each of these four areas. Examples of ongoing activities include two UROPs who will be working in Peru to develop solar-powered drones for monitoring deforestation; three faculty groups working to produce a comprehensive agenda for addressing microplastic pollution through material science, sensing technology and modeling methods; ongoing conversations with mining companies; and several projects linking development, human settlements and sustainability.

This summer we will be undergoing a transition... 
Sarah Meyers, Education Program Manager
Laur Hesse Fisher, Program Director
We are delighted to announce two important new additions to the ESI team: Sarah Meyers joins us as the Education Program Manager, and Laur Hesse Fisher as Program Director.

Sarah will spearhead ESI's efforts to build a vibrant and growing community of undergraduate and graduate students; grow enrollment in and excitement about the Environment & Sustainability Minor; and work closely with faculty teaching the GIRs and intro EECS classes, among other initiatives.

Laur will lead the development and execution of public engagement on climate change for ESI, and will collaborate with people throughout MIT to plan and create the next generation of MIT’s digital community on climate change.

You'll hear more about and from both in the coming months.

Please join us in welcoming Sarah and Laur!
ESI's Earth Day Celebration 2018

Early on a Saturday morning in April, six MIT student groups and the ESI team gathered on the McDermott Dot to begin set up for the third annual Environmental Solutions Initiative Earth Day Celebration...Read more

Earth Day 2018 Album
10th Annual ARCS Research Conference

The ARCS Research Conference accommodates cutting-edge research from different social science disciplines, lively debates on topical issues, and rich networking opportunities for international scholars in a variety of formats.

ESI Welcome Back Party 2018: Thursday, 9/6

Save the date for ESI's Welcome Back Party, kicking off the 2018-2019 school year! Join us again for Ben & Jerry's and great games.

ESI's Founding Director, Susan Solomon, Wins Prestigious Award

The 2018 Crafoord Prize in Geosciences from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences was presented to Susan Solomon on May 24 at the Academy in the presence of H. M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and H. M. Queen Silvia.

About the Award | About Susan Solomon

EAB Member, Nathaniel Stinnett, featured in the New York Times

Learn more about this External Advisory Board member and his nonprofit, The Environmental Voter Project.

Read Nathaniel's Profile

J-WAFS is seeking undergraduates interested in environmental sciences, climate change, and/or agriculture.

Learn more
A proposed global metric to aid mercury pollution policy - ESI Seed Grantee Selin - Science Magazine
Health benefits will offset cost of China’s climate policy - ESI Seed Grantees Karplus & Selin - MIT News
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