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MIT Environment and Sustainability Weekly Roundup, August 15, 2021

Featured This Week

ESI on the New IPCC Report

Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first portion of its Sixth Assessment Report. AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis provides the latest understanding of the climate system and climate change. This extraordinary report continues the remarkable effort of regularly assembling the most comprehensive compilation of scientific findings to clearly document the urgency of the climate crisis. It also reinforces our fundamental understanding: that the climate is changing and will continue to change due to human activities; that climate change is now leading directly to serious consequences; and that, though we do still have a chance of averting the very worst, the window has become very small.

On the ESI website, read two perspectives on this latest IPCC publication from ESI Director John Fernández and ESI affiliate and MIT Sloan lecturer Harvey Michaels.

What We're Reading

Earth from space
In-depth Q&A: The IPCC's sixth assessment report on climate science: CarbonBrief provides a clear summary of the new climate change report issued by the IPCC, its findings, and the implications for containing catastrophic climate change this century.
- CarbonBrief
hex nuts
Form Energy unveils its iron-air battery: The CEO of Form Energy joins The Interchange podcast to discuss his company's novel solution for long-duration energy storage, what it means for a clean energy grid, and how it compares to traditional lithium-ion batteries.
- The Interchange


This Week
  • Stretch Your Impact: Exploring Employment Options, a virtual session hosted by the MIT PKG Center where public interest organizations—from the World Wildlife Fund to the Massachusetts state government—discuss tech work opportunities for MIT students. Wednesday, August 18, 12-1 pm. Register.

Save the Date
  • SimPlanet: The Climate Diplomacy Game, a welcome event for all MIT students returning to campus. With teams of your fellow students, use the En-ROADS climate change model to game out how different policies and technologies can help the world avert catastrophic climate change, then negotiate with other teams representing activist groups, nations, and industries. Tuesday, September 7, 12-3 pm, in the Stratton Student Center. Register.  
  • Fall Showcase on Experiential Ethics and Sustainability, a poster session showcasing a wide variety of student projects that apply an ethics and sustainability lens to summer work experiences. Monday, September 13, 4-6 pm, in the Vest Student Street on the first floor of the Stata Center.
  • MIT Solve Challenge Finals, an opportunity to see the final awards of over $2 million in prize funding for the 2021 MIT Solve Global Challenges, including solutions for resilient ecosystems. Friday, September 17, 8 am-2 pm. Register.
  • Climapalooza, Boston's annual climate action rally and benefit concert. Friday, September 17, 7-9 pm at the Herter Park Amphitheater. Save the date.
  • MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative Lunch Series: Fall Kick Off, an introduction to professional sustainability opportunities available to students at MIT. Thursday, September 23, 11:45 am-12:45 pm. This will be a hybrid in-person/virtual lunch session. Register.
  • MIT Sustainability Ecosystem Mixer, an outdoor event at MIT to celebrate the return to campus with the numerous MIT sustainability groups. Hosted by the Sloan Sustainability Initiative. Thursday, September 23, 4:45-6:45 pm. Register.
  • 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.
  • Sustainability Career and Internship Info Session, part of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative's Lunch Series. Get tips on how to find internships and careers in sustainability. Thursday, September 30, 11:45 am-12:45 pm. This will be a hybrid in-person/virtual lunch session. Register.
  • Living with Heat, a climate change webinar hosted by the Environmental Business Council of New England to discuss solutions to the urban heat island effect and increasing heat waves in Boston. Thursday, September 30, 1-4 pm. Register.
  • VERGE 21, a virtual event for climate tech across energy, mobility, carbon removal, agriculture and more. With dozens of breakout sessions and keynote speakers including Gov. Gavin Newsom, Gina McCarthy and Bill McKibben. October 25-28. Browse the program and get tickets (registration for the keynotes is free).
  • Climatetech Summit 2021, Greentown Labs' annual climate technology entrepreneurship conference. Thursday, November 4, 9 am-8 pm. This year's conference will be a hybrid of in-person sessions at the Greentown Labs facilities in Somerville, Mass. and Houston, Texas with virtual livestreams. Get tickets.

News & Media from MIT

the cooling tower of MIT's nuclear power reactor
Vapor-collection technology saves water while clearing the air: Two-fifths of freshwater usage in the U.S. goes to cooling power plants. A technology tested at MIT to recapture water from cooling towers will now be deployed at full scale on two commercial plants.
- MIT News
an electric arc furnace for steel and aluminum
Decarbonizing our toughest sectors profitably: Amory Lovins, cofounder of RMI, provides an article and technical paper on the business strategies needed to rapidly deploy new low-carbon technologies for heavy transport and heat-intensive manufacturing.
- MIT Sloan Management Review


Internships, Fellowships and Work Opportunities
  • Job: ESI is hiring a postdoctoral associate to undertake research related to environmental justice, with a primary focus on hydrocarbon-producing regions of the United States. Learn more and apply.
  • Job: The MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative is seeking a part-time Sustainability Research Projects Coordinator to support research and engagement efforts with a focus on ESG measurement in capital markets. Apply.
  • Job: The MIT Energy Initiative is hiring a postdoctoral associate for a techno-economic study of low-carbon electrolytic hydrogen production. Apply.
  • Jobs: MIT Solve is hiring for a wide variety of positions, from entry-level to leadership, as it expands its operations to offer seed funding and support to high-impact innovations on major social and environmental problems around the world. Learn more.
  • Job: Greentown Labs, a climate tech incubator in Somerville, Mass., is hiring an Executive Communications Coordinator to support the CEO. Learn how to apply.
  • Jobs: FORGE, a nonprofit that helps innovators in cleantech and other high-tech, socially beneficial fields grow to large-scale manufacturing, is hiring a Director of Partnerships for its new location in Lowell, Massachusetts.
  • Job: Raptor Maps, which builds software to manage solar energy deployments, is seeking an Engineering Manager to oversee software development teams. Apply.
  • Job: Via Separations is hiring a Senior Scientist to conduct R&D in energy-efficient industrial filtration processes. Apply.
  • Job: Nth Cycle, which develops materials solutions for the mining and recycling industries, is hiring a Chemical Engineer. Learn how to apply.
  • Job: The International Living Future Institute is hiring an Ambassador Program Manager to recruit and train a network of volunteers, driving adoption of ILFI Certifications for the highest standards of sustainability in the built environment. Apply.
  • Job: The Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Global Ecology is hiring a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research on net-zero-emission energy technologies and systems. Learn more and apply.
  • Job: GreenInfo, a public interest data visualization and communication group with a focus on environmental policy and analysis, is seeking a new Associate Director in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn how to apply.
  • 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.

Grants, Scholarships, Contests and Funding Opportunities
  • 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.
  • Award: The Ramboll Group will award €65,000 to an early-career researcher contributing to a green transition in the energy sector. Learn more and apply by September 20.
  • Grant: MISTI-Spain is calling for proposals for its INDITEX Circularity Seed Fund, a $30,000 grant for collaborations between MIT groups and research institutions in Spain that advance sustainability in the textiles industry. Apply by December 13.

Volunteer and Student Group Opportunities
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