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MIT Environment and Sustainability Weekly Roundup, August 21, 2022

Featured This Week

Upcoming ESI Events
The Climate Game
This registration day, we're welcoming the MIT community back to campus with The Climate Game! Join us to role-play global climate negotiations, with the help of a real climate model used by the United Nations and the White House. Ice cream will be served as you try to find a mix of policies—carbon tax! stop deforestation! capture methane!—that will prevent catastrophic climate change. Come to the Stata Center Room 32-144 on Tuesday, September 6 at 1 pm—or RSVP today.
MIT Conference on Mining, Environment, and Society
The MIT Conference on Mining, Environment, and Society is just three weeks away! We have a full slate of panelists from mining industry groups, environmental and human rights advocates, and leading academic institutions to discuss the biggest challenges in mining for clean energy and how stakeholders can work together to solve them. The virtual conference will take place September 7-9. Get your ticket today.


The MIT Energy and Climate Club has opened applications for leadership positions in the 2023 MIT Energy Conference.

Founded in 2006, the MIT Energy Conference is the largest student-led energy and climate conference in the world—bringing together over 600 industry professionals, investors, scholars and policymakers. You can find more information and a summary of last year’s event on the conference website. Next year’s conference will be held on Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6, 2023, with an emphasis on the technologies, policies, and geopolitics of the global clean energy transition at this pivotal time to tackle climate change.

Learn more about leadership roles in the conference and apply to join by August 31.

What We're Reading

coal power plant
Every dollar spent on this climate technology is a waste: MIT professor and ESI affiliate Harvey Michaels takes a skeptical look at carbon capture and storage, which, like other approaches to decarbonizing our energy system, receives new subsidies in the Inflation Reduction Act.
-  New York Times
solar panels under installation
A $369 billion supercharge that the clean tech industry needs: That headline figure, the amount the Inflation Reduction Act spends on climate measures, is just a down payment on unlocking much larger levels of private spending on a variety of emerging technologies to rebuild our economy without the carbon emissions.
- Forbes

What We're Watching

Hank Green
The biggest climate bill of your life—but what does it DO!?: Still bewildered by the range of climate policies included in the Inflation Reduction Act? Celebrated science communicator Hank Green gives an excellent rundown of all the new law's climate change elements, and the principles that tie them together, in this 22 minute video—counting off the $369 billion the law invests in fighting climate change, a billion dollars at a time.
- Hank Green/vlogbrothers


Save the Date
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

News & Media from MIT

wind farm diagram
A new method boosts wind farms' energy output, without new equipment: By modeling the conditions of an entire wind farm rather than individual turbines, engineers can squeeze more power out of existing installations, reveals a new study by Prof. Michael Howland of MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering.
- MIT News
repair work on a levee in Kansas City
The fervent debate over the best way to fight global warming: Climate change demands both mitigation—stopping our sources of ongoing climate pollution—and adaptation, to survive impacts that are already unavoidable. Historically, advocates of these two approaches have too often been at odds.
- Undark


Internships, Fellowships and Work Opportunities
  • 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 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.
  • 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 Department of Energy is looking for ARPA-E Fellows for fall 2022, early-career PhD students and engineers who will spend two years in Washington, D.C., guiding program creation, agency strategy, and outreach for federal advanced energy research projects. Apply by August 31.
  • 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.
  • Jobs: Climate Interactive, which uses an interactive real-time climate model for climate policy education, is hiring two system dynamics modelers to be their Director of Technology and Senior Modeler. Contact Drew Jones for information or to 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 Conservation Law Foundation's Boston office is seeking a 20-hour-a-week Guest Researcher to conduct independent research connected to CLF's urban forestry initiative. To apply, send a CV and cover letter to Dr. Tracy Corley.
  • 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 Coordinator/Director 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.
  • Jobs: Ebb Carbon, which is developing an electrochemical process to sequester carbon in the ocean while fighting ocean acidification, is advertising multiple positions in chemical and mechanical engineering, modeling, and oceanography. Browse jobs.
  • Jobs: Phoenix Tailings, which reclaims mining waste as a more sustainable source of metal ore, is advertising multiple positions in chemical and materials engineering and research and development. Browse jobs.
  • Jobs: RISE Robotics, which develops fully electric systems for heavy machinery, is advertising multiple positions in electrical and mechanical engineering. Browse jobs.
  • Jobs: Keystone Tower Systems, a manufacturer in wind power, is advertising multiple positions in electrical, mechanical and software engineering for its Denver and Pampa, Texas locations. Browse jobs.
  • 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
  • Reporting Fellowship: The Association of Health Care Journalists is seeking Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellows, providing seminars, workshops, mentoring opportunities and a small stipend to early career journalists in science, health and environment reporting. Apply by September 1.
  • Contest: The U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative has opened its C3E poster competition, inviting female students and early-career researchers to submit one-minute video poster presentations on their clean energy research projects. Apply by September 1.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Student Group and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Conference Leadership: The MIT Energy and Climate Club is accepting applications for the leadership of the 2023 MIT Energy Conference. Apply by August 31.
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