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MIT Environment and Sustainability Weekly Roundup, July 17, 2022

Featured This Week

Climate Education Webinar, July 27

ESI’s Climate Education Specialist Sylvia Scharf will host a one-hour webinar for teachers on Wednesday, July 27 at 2 pm, outlining how our award-winning podcast Today I Learned: Climate (TILclimate) can support climate education in high school classrooms and out-of-school-time youth programs.
Podcast-Inspired, Solutions-Driven Climate Education
ESI has published flexible, adaptable Educator Guides for each episode of TILclimate, to support student and educator understanding of climate solutions, data, and communication. In this interactive workshop, part of ShareMyLesson's Summer of Learning series, participants will experience one guided activity and discuss best practices for podcast use in their teaching. The workshop qualifies for one hour of PD credit from Share My Lesson (American Federation of Teachers).
Meanwhile, the podcast returns this week with a new episode on hydrogen energy. Tune in to learn, in less than 15 minutes, about this clean-burning fuel, its potential for low-carbon transportation, energy storage, heat and electricity, and the challenges to deploying it on a large scale—and subscribe to TILclimate through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Register for the webinar


MIT Water Summit Leadership

The MIT Water Club's signature annual event, the MIT Water Summit, brings together students, researchers, startups, industry representatives and policymakers to discuss challenges and showcase solutions in a critical topic within the theme of water. The club is seeking applications for co-directors of the 2022 event.

Apply online or email co-director Vyshnavi Vennelakanti with questions.
MIT 15.366 Energy & Climate Ventures – Interest Form & Application Request

MIT 15.366 Climate & Energy Ventures is a very 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. Please reach out to both Evan Gao ( and Alex Prather at ( for any questions!

What We're Reading

stormclouds in New Zealand
A network of artist-devised weather stations gathers climate change data across 28 countries: The newly launched "World Weather Network" places weather and atmospheric stations in conversation with art installations and community video, audio and photo projects to show the many ways people are experiencing changes in their local weather.
- The Art Newspaper
an artist's rendition of the full-scale Emerald Tutu in Boston Harbor
Can a floating "tutu" protect Boston's shoreline from rising seas?: The Emerald Tutu, envisioned as an interconnected web of floating, plant-rich mats—first proposed as a storm buffer for Boston in the ESI-organized Climate Changed competition—is now deploying prototypes in the waters of East Boston and Salem, Massachusetts.
- Boston Globe


This Week
  • Charles River Associates Connect Event, an online summer series hosted by CRA that is open to all undergraduate and graduate students where they will host five sessions on their practices, experiences in the energy sector, and offer behind the scene looks into consulting. Sunday, July 17 - Thursday, July 21. Register.
  • Engaging Students in Campus Sustainability Goals, a virtual forum hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education examining apps, online dashboards and other tech tools as means for students to get involved in climate and sustainability on their college campuses. Wednesday, July 20, 2 pm. Register.
Save the Date
  • The Future of Energy Storage Webinar Series, presented by the MIT Energy Initiative in support of their recent Future of Energy Storage report. Sessions include:
    • Electrochemical Battery Storage, 10 am, and Materials for Energy Storage, 11 am, Tuesday, July 26. Register.
    • Hydrogen, Thermal, Compressed Air, and Gravity Storage Technologies, 10 am, and Storage in the Electricity System: Key Modeling Results Through 2050, 11 am, Wednesday, July 27. Register.
    • Regulatory Considerations for High VRE Electricity Systems, 11 am, Thursday, July 28. Register.
  • Podcast-Inspired, Solutions-Driven Climate Education, a one-hour webinar for high school and out-of-school-time teachers, introducing ESI's TILclimate podcast and associated Educator Guides as teaching tools to support understanding of climate solutions, data and communication. Wednesday, July 27, 2 pm. Learn more and register.
  • New England Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Climate Justice, a virtual panel discussion with three Indigenous community leaders about climate change impacts and mitigation, hosted by UMass Boston's Sustainable Solutions Lab and Institute for New England Native American Studies. Thursday, July 28, 4 pm. Register.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

How green steel made with electricity could clean up a dirty industry: Boston Steel plans to use an electrochemical process developed at MIT to turn iron ore into steel without the carbon-dense coke that is essential to traditional steelmaking. They're about to turn on their large-scale pilot reactor.
- MIT Technology Review
a landfill
Reducing methane emissions at landfills: Loci Controls, an MIT spinout, sells a solar-powered system that finely separates the greenhouse gas methane from landfills, so it can offset mined natural gas in energy generation instead of being burned onsite or vented into the atmosphere.
- Slice of MIT


Internships, Fellowships and Work Opportunities
  • Jobs: The MIT Office of Sustainability is hiring two Sustainability Project Managers to oversee their Design Out Waste and Climate and Sustainability Action Planning efforts, as well as a Sustainability Data Engineer.
  • 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.
  • Fellowship: Columbia Climate School is hiring two Fellows for Adapting the Existing Built Environment to pursue decarbonizing and adapting existing buildings. Apply by July 31.
  • 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.
  • 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 Senior Advisor, 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.
  • Job: The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) has opened applications for the position of Partnerships Program Deputy Director to support advocates, governments, educators, and companies drawing on YPCCC data and insights. 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.
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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