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MIT Environment and Sustainability Weekly Roundup, July 31, 2022

Featured This Week

MIT Climate Machine

ESI’s Climate Machine visited Washington state last weekend to participate in the "Group Therapy Weekender" music festival at the Gorge Amphitheater. The Climate Machine, a program for climate engagement through the arts and music, was there with celebrated electronic music label and conference organizer Anjunabeats to debut our first featured art installation—an interactive series of augmented reality posters about the relation of the festival itself to climate change.
Led by ESI's Norhan Bayomi, a team of MIT students guided festival attendees through the installation. Viewing the posters through their phones, attendees learned about the local climate along Washington's Columbia River, and how music festivals interact with and impact their environments.
Participants also answered a few simple questions to discover their “Climate Identities,” discovering ways to take climate action in their own lives depending on their unique interests and engagement levels—from shifting to more sustainable modes of transportation to volunteering at local community cleanup events. Finally, attendees made their mark on a collaborative art wall with stickers that represented their climate identities and the actions they want to pursue in the future.
To learn more about how Anjunabeats and ESI have partnered to bring climate engagement into the live music space, check out Anjunabeats' feature on festival sustainability here.

Featured Classes

2.S985/2.S885 Sustainability at Different Scales: Students make sense of different aspects and definitions of sustainability by learning environmental accounting tools and following behavior patterns to frame the core issues in humans' relationship to our planet and future societies. The class touches on a wide variety of issues including ethics, economics, development and markets. For more information email Prof. Tim Gutowski.
15.366 Energy & Climate Ventures: A selective, multi-disciplinary course that equips students with the knowledge and skillsets to launch new enterprises focused on commercial opportunities in the energy and climate space. This course is open for cross-registration across MIT and Harvard (MIT grad, MIT Sloan, HBS, HKS, Harvard Grad and a very select few seats for MIT/Harvard undergrads).

The 15.366 team is currently launching its application process for Fall 2022. For more information on the course, please read the course information document via this link. If you are interested, fill out this information form by August 5. Reach out to both Evan Gao ( and Alex Prather at ( for any questions.

What We're Reading

U.S. Capitol Building
Clean energy package would be biggest legislative climate investment in U.S. history: As soon as next week, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would make record investments in energy efficiency, electric vehicles, renewables, nuclear energy, electric heating and cooling, and more.
migrants from Honduras
Climate migration growing but not fully recognized by world: Most climate migrants move within the borders of their homelands, usually from rural areas to cities in the wake of drought, rising seas or another weather calamity. But as more migrants cross borders, international law must catch up.
- AP


Save the Date
  • 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.
  • 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 turbines
Here are the biggest technology wins in the breakthrough climate bill: Walking through the grants, loans, federal procurements and tax credits for research and development in the reconciliation bill coming up for a vote in the U.S. Senate.
- MIT Technology Review
Policies to cut carbon emissions: Using census data and machine learning, MIT researchers estimate average impacts on household budgets of specific climate policies at fine resolution across the continental United States.
- MIT Energy Initiative


Internships, Fellowships and Work Opportunities
  • 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.
  • Student Jobs: The MIT Office of Experiential Learning (OEL) is hiring 7-9 undergraduate students to promote experiential learning to their peers and share student perspectives and advice with OEL leadership. Learn more and apply by August 1.
  • PhD Candidate: The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is seeking a four-year PhD candidate in rural development to research sustainability in iron ore extraction. Apply by August 14.
  • Post-Doc: The Center for Social Transformation at USC is seeking a postdoctoral research associate for one-year position beginning fall 2022, to contribute to and lead the design of new research projects related to individual judgment and decision-making in situations where environmental, social, and economic priorities intersect. To apply, email Joe Árvai with your CV, letter of interest, official graduate transcripts, refereed journal articles or other research examples, and three references.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 a cabinet-level Senior Advisor to advance a Boston Green New Deal. 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/Director and Operations Manager/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.
  • Internship: The Human Impacts Institute has an open call for various internships. Learn more
  • 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
  • Startup Program: The Engine, a "tough tech" accelerator spun out of MIT, has opened calls for Blueprint, a one-month nonresident program to help graduate students, postdocs, research scientists, faculty members and their teams explore the commercial opportunities of their startup projects. Learn how to apply by August 12.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Student and Volunteer Opportunities
  • MIT Water Club: The MIT Water Club is seeking co-directors to organize its signature annual event, the MIT Water Summit. Apply.
  • Student Council: The MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium is seeking MIT students (undergraduate or graduate) to join its Student Council. Members give around two hours a month to advising the MCSC on all aspects of its mission. To apply, email with your name, major, one paragraph on why you want to join the Student Council, and one paragraph on your background in climate and sustainability by August 1.
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