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MIT Environment and Sustainability Weekly Roundup, July 11, 2021

Featured This Week

Introducing Scott Odell

This spring, ESI welcomed a new member of our team: Scott Odell, a post-doctoral associate who is building out our Metals, Minerals & the Environment Program.

Scott is a researcher who studies the converging environmental and social impacts of climate change and mining on vulnerable communities. He received his PhD from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University, where his dissertation examined the impacts of new community relations strategies and desalination operations on conflict over water between mining companies and communities in Chile, within the context of an unprecedented mega-drought.

To introduce Scott, we asked him three questions about his work on sustainability and mining and his plans with ESI. Read his answers on our website.

Scott Odell

What We're Reading

A dry California creek bed looked like a wildfire risk. Then the beavers went to work: The practice of reintroducing beavers to drought-stricken areas can rapidly restore floodplain ecology at a fraction of the cost of restoration with construction equipment, providing a refuge and barrier against wildfires.
- The Sacramento Bee
a firefighter battling a wildfire
Underpaid firefighters, overstretched budgets: the U.S. isn't prepared for fires fueled by climate change: The Biden administration is providing more resources to staff up the U.S. Forest Service, but without a new approach to containing wildfires, the need for more firefighters will only continue to grow.
- The Washington Post


This Week
Save the Date
  • Financing the Clean Economy, a webinar from the C3E Women in Clean Energy series, featuring investors in emerging energy transition technologies. Thursday, July 22, 2-3 pm. Register.
  • Applied Energy Symposium: MIT A+B, a three-day symposium co-hosted by MIT and Harvard on A) the rapid deployment of existing, proven low-carbon energy technologies, and B) the development of next-generation energy technologies that could begin deployment at the terawatt scale by mid-century. August 11-13.
  • Climapalooza, Boston's annual climate action rally and benefit concert. Friday, September 17, 7-9 pm. Save the date.
  • Climate Preparedness Week 2021. Save the date for this week of virtual and Boston-area events on extreme weather adaptation, or apply to host an event of your own. September 24-30.

News & Media from MIT

Today I learned about sea level rise, part two: ESI's TILclimate (Today I Learned: Climate) podcast brings back Prof. James Renwick of Victoria University of Wellington to explain how sea level rise is affecting coastal communities today, what we can expect in the near future, and how we might respond.
- TILclimate
satellites in orbit
A new chapter for space sustainability: The number of satellites and other manmade objects in orbit around the Earth is growing quickly, and many stick around as space debris long after they are retired from use. MIT researchers are part of a team that will track and certify the sustainability of new orbital objects.
- MIT News


Internships, Fellowships and Work Opportunities
  • Student Job: The MIT Office of Sustainability is hiring upper-level undergraduate or graduate students as summer fellows, to advance projects in data analytics and carbon offsets. Apply.
  • Job: Rare is a hiring a Boston Program Director to lead a local program inspiring individuals to make high-impact behavior changes to reduce carbon emissions. Apply.
  • Jobs: The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative is hiring a part-time UX designer and web developer, to create an online portal for public access to EPA data on nearby polluting facilities.
  • Job: The Sequoia Climate Fund is hiring a Climate Policy Data Scientist to support the fund's grantmaking with credible data analyses and methodologies to assess the emissions abatement potential of a wide variety of project types. Apply.
  • Job: Better Future Project is hiring a 350 Mass Membership Manager to help coordinate the organization's large network of Massachusetts volunteers. Apply.

Grants, Scholarships, Contests and Funding Opportunities
  • Contest: The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists awards recent PhD recipients for essays describing their thesis research. Winners in four categories, including ecology & environment, receive up to $30,000, publication of their essays in Science, and a trip to Sweden. Apply by July 15.
  • Graduate Application Program: Dartmouth College is accepting applicants for its EEES Scholars Program, a 3-day workshop that helps students interested in graduate programs in environmental fields to navigate the application process. Students, especially those from underrepresented minorities in STEM and the environment, can apply by July 23.
  • Contest: The ClimateScience Olympiad 2021 is open for registrations. Compete in teams of 2 to create solutions for the UN sustainable development goals, with $10,000 in prizes on offer in the final round at the COP25 UN climate summit in Glasgow. Register by August 1.
  • Accelerator Program: Greentown Labs has launched the Healthy Buildings Challenge, offering networking, mentorship, office space, and $25,000 in grant funding to startups focused on building technologies that optimize for both human health and climate change mitigation. Read the RFP and apply by August 25.

Volunteer and Student Group Opportunities
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