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MIT Environment and Sustainability Weekly Roundup, September 25, 2022

Featured This Week

Introducing Chris Rabe
Chris Rabe
Chris Rabe has joined ESI as our new Postdoctoral Associate in Environmental and Sustainability Education. Chris is a longtime teacher with a doctorate in higher education, who will help us administer and refine our expanding programs in the MIT undergraduate curriculum—beginning with our new grants for faculty to infuse sustainability teaching into their classes, and more rigorous study of how students receive this learning.

To introduce Chris, we asked him three questions about teaching climate and sustainability at the college level.

What We're Reading

flooding in China
As UN climate summit looms, Denmark becomes first country to pay for "loss and damage": Developed countries have given financing to poorer nations to adapt to climate change and lower emissions, but the $13 million in aid from Denmark is the first offered as compensation for damage already caused by climate change.
-  Yale Environment 360
a gas pipeline
Three myths about the global energy crisis: Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, writes that shutoffs of Russian gas and oil are not a victory for Russia, do not implicate clean energy as a cause of shortages, and are not meaningfully setting back the clean energy transition.
- Financial Times


This Week Save the Date
  • 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.
  • The Ocean's Natural Way to Stop Climate Change, a lecture presented by the MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences with Caltech Prof. Jess Adkins about a prospective technology for large-scale carbon removal. Thursday, October 20, 6:30 pm at the New England Aquarium. Register.
  • MIT Energy and Climate Career Fair, an opportunity to meet employers in renewable energy, energy storage, transportation, energy finance and consulting, and more. Friday, October 21, 11 am-2 pm in La Sala de Puerto Rico (W20-202). Register.
  • MIT Energy Night, an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge energy research from MIT and beyond. Free and open to the public. Friday, October 21, at the MIT Museum. More details to come.
  • Environmental, Energy, and Engineering Career Fair, hosted by the Environmental Business Council of New England to introduce students and job seekers to job opportunities and paid internships in government, nonprofits and the private sector. Monday, October 24, 4:30-6:30 pm at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Register.
  • Lunch Break: Fall Treats and Campus Climate Action, a hands-on social event hosted the MIT Office of Sustainability to treat the MIT community to food, music, and information about MIT's growing actions toward climate adaptation and carbon neutrality. Tuesday, October 25, 12:15-1 pm at the Kendall/MIT Open Space outside 292 Main Street. 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.
  • HBS Climate Symposium, the annual student-run climate change conference at Harvard Business School. November 5-6. Get tickets (50% discount for students).
  • Finance and Environmental Sustainability, a seat-limited conference hosted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business to explore how corporations and financial markets can best raise and allocate capital toward meeting sustainability challenges. November 11-12 at Stanford University. Apply for a seat by September 30.
  • 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
  • 2022 MIT Research and Development Conference, featuring tracks on "climate and the environment" and "sustainable solutions," where MIT researchers, startups, and global business leaders present innovations to tackle worldwide challenges. November 15-16 at the Boston Marriott Cambridge. Register (free to MIT students, faculty and staff).

News & Media from MIT

a town in the mountains near Musafarabad, Pakistan
In Pakistan, 33 million people have been displaced in floods: Unrelenting rains that began in June have left a third of the country, which already lacked resources for dealing with the escalating threats of climate change, underwater for weeks.
- Undark
two passive cooling devices tested on a roof at MIT
Passive cooling system could benefit off-grid locations: Relying on evaporation and radiation—but not electricity—a new system demonstrated in a recent MIT publication could keep food fresh longer or supplement air conditioning in buildings.
- MIT News


Internships, Fellowships and Work Opportunities
  • Student Jobs: The MIT Office of Sustainability is hiring MIT students for paid, part-time research positions. Apply.
  • Job: The MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium is hiring a Program Coordinator to support their finance and administrative needs. 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.
  • Job: The MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative is hiring a Program Assistant to contribute to event management, accounting, administrative support, and course support. Apply.
  • PhD Opportunity: Radboud University in the Netherlands is seeking a PhD candidate in sustainable finance researching the intersection of financial markets with societal challenges such as the UN's sustainable development goals. Apply by October 7.
  • Job: Transaera, an MIT spinoff designing affordable, low-carbon air conditioning, is hiring a chemical engineer. Apply.
  • Job: Climate Interactive is seeking a Director of Modeling and Technology to oversee modeling and software development for the real-time climate policy model at the heart of the company's climate engagement mission. 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 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.
  • 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 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 Manager, Legislative Coordinator and Climate Justice Organizer 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Grants: MassVentures and MassCEC will provide grants up to $75,000 for researchers and early-stage companies to demonstrate initial prototypes of novel clean energy technologies. A percentage of grants are earmarked for women- and minority-owned companies. Apply by October 11.
  • 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.
  • Awards: Eni will award their Eni Awards for energy science innovations in the categories of "energy frontiers," "advanced environmental solutions" and "energy transition," with additional awards for young researchers and research debuts from Africa. Learn more and apply by November 25.
  • Grants: The MISTI Global Seed Funds are open for applications. Grants are available to all MIT faculty and principal investigators pursuing joint research collaborations with colleagues in foreign universities or research institutes. Learn more and apply by December 13.

Students and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Poster Presentation: Students, other academics and early-stage startups are invited to apply for the poster presentations at MIT Energy Night 2022. Apply.
  • Winter Program Abroad: InterExchange has opened applications for Sustainable Action Costa Rica, an 8-day January program traveling the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica to tour local sustainable development initiatives. Learn more.
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