MIT ESI Newsletter, Issue 2
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Issue 2 | March 15, 2017
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Director's Message

John E. Fernández

I am so very pleased to announce that MIT now offers an undergraduate minor in Environment and Sustainability! This is a real milestone for learning about our world in an interdisciplinary minor that is open to all undergraduates in every major beginning this coming academic year.

The Environment and Sustainability minor promotes learning and prompts action on the many challenges and opportunities inherent in a changing environment, ongoing and emerging environmental risks, and new ways of utilizing our natural capital while inventing and innovating new technologies and systems for a better world. Learning through the minor will touch on the roles of government, industry and business, civil society and the academy in a forward-looking and positive perspective of a sustainable and humane future.  Read more...

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From abstract to audience: lessons in science communication

Julianna Horiuchi, ESI Programs Intern

In a world where policies change overnight and breaking news comes with morning coffee, the scientific community is recognizing a profound and increasingly urgent need for communication and engagement. Science communication, a relatively new field of scholarship and practice, aims to bridge the long-standing gap between scientific research and public decision-making – and in many cases, escort scientists themselves across it.  Read more...


Curriculum Grant Proposal Deadline Extended: Curriculum Grants are now due March 25 by 5pm.

Due to the recent approval of the minor, we are extending the deadline by one week in order to give faculty additional time to apply.


ESI EVENTSstay tuned for more information!

ESI People and the Planet Lectures

WED., 3/22, 4 - 6pm | 4-163
Deborah Cramer, author of The Narrow Edge and ESI Visiting Scholar.

TUES., 4/25, 4 - 6pm | E14-633
Bob Inglis, founder and Executive Director of republicEn.

Earth Day Events

THURS., 4/20, 10am - 2pm | Samberg Salon West
ESI Seed Grant Symposium

SAT., 4/22, 9am - 12pm | Kresge Oval
ESI Earth Day Community Celebration


EAPS lecture: "Earth in Human Hands: A Cosmic View of Our Planet’s Past, Present and Future", by David Grinspoon, Tuesday, March 21, 4:00pm to 5:00pm, MIT 34-101

MIT Office of Sustainability announces the Campus Sustainability Incubator Fund.  Proposals due April 12, 2017; learn more here.


Modeling the unequal benefits of U.S. environmental policy (Feb 15th) - MIT News

3Q: Maria Zuber, daughter of coal country (Feb 27th) - MIT News

In America’s Heartland, Discussing Climate Change Without Saying ‘Climate Change’ (Jan 28) – New York Times

Why a climate economist is giving carbon's 'social cost' a second look (Feb 1) - The Christian Science Monitor

Beijing 'Environmental Police' to Target Heavy Air Polluters (Feb 15th) - Bloomberg

Teenager Is on Track to Plant a Trillion Trees (Mar 7) – National Geographic

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