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MIT Environment and Sustainability Weekly Roundup, October 30, 2022

Featured This Week

Afro-Interamerican Forum on Climate Change

members of the Afro-Interamerican Forum on Climate Change meet at the Colombian Embassy in Washington,  DC

The Environmental Solutions Initiative celebrated the first year of the Afro-Interamerican Forum on Climate Change (AIFCC) at the Colombian Embassy in Washington, DC, this October 12 with leaders from across the Americas.

Originally launched at COP26 last year in Glasgow, the AIFCC seeks to elevate the voices and contributions of Afro-descendant communities in climate mitigation and adaptation.

Read more on our website.

DISCO: Drop In Sustainability Chat Opportunities
ESI is pleased to announce our first DISCO—Drop In Sustainability Chat Opportunity! This walk-in event is for all students interested in sustainability who have questions about life after MIT. Our graduate Martin Fellows for Sustainability will be there (with a spread of free snacks!) to answer your questions about:
  • research projects
  • grad school
  • careers
  • whatever else is on your mind!
Drop by the MIT Libraries DEN on November 15 from 1-2 pm for some free food and free advice!


Postdoctoral Position

ESI is hiring a Postdoctoral Associate in Climate Communications and Engagement to help advance our climate communications research agenda and lead our scholarly work around local climate journalism. This position will be closely tied to the extension of our ESI Journalism Fellowships.

Learn more and apply.
Graduate Student Position

ESI is seeking a graduate student with a background in climate science for a position as a Climate Science Researcher/Writer, to help update the MIT Climate Primer with citations and the latest climate research. Work includes reviewing climate science literature, identifying and updating references, and suggesting revisions.

Learn more and apply.

What We're Reading

plastic waste
Recycling plastic is practically impossible—and the problem is getting worse: A new report shows that no type of plastic, of the thousands produced, has ever been recycled at even the 30% rate that is supposedly the standard for being "recyclable."
flooding in Pakistan
5 things to know about climate reparations: As natural disasters caused or made worse by climate change become a regular reality in the most vulnerable countries, the upcoming COP27 UN climate change conference will revive talks over payment for "loss and damage."
-  Scientific American


This Week
  • C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium and Awards, the annual event showcasing clean energy innovations and perspectives from female thought leaders, this year with the theme "steering clean energy through perilous storms." Wednesday, November 2. Register for the livestream.
  • Offshore Wind with Ali Alrayes, a talk hosted by the MIT Sloan Energy Club with the Senior Manager of Business Development for Vineyard Offshore. Wednesday, November 2, 11:45 am-12:30 pm on the MIT campus. 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.
  • The Shift to Electric, part of MIT Sloan's Sustainability Lunch Series, featuring Paras Sethi of ParkMyFleet on how the automotive industry is managing the transition to electric vehicles. Thursday, November 3, 11:45 am-12:30 pm at MIT. Register.
  • HBS Climate Symposium, the annual student-run climate change conference at Harvard Business School. November 5-6. Get tickets (50% discount for students).

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News & Media from MIT

a 24M Technologies battery
Simplifying the production of lithium-ion batteries: MIT spinout 24M Technologies has designed a new battery that scales back material use and production steps, for a cheaper, safer, more recyclable product.
- MIT News
a petrochemical plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana
EPA cites environmental racism in Louisiana's Cancer Alley: A new EPA enforcement action sets two new precedents: considering the cumulative impacts of multiple pollutants, and using civil rights enforcement tools.
- Undark


Internships, Fellowships and Work Opportunities
  • Job: ESI is hiring a Postdoctoral Associate in Climate Communications and Engagement to deepen the scholarship of our climate change journalism activities and facilitate our climate journalism fellowship. Apply.
  • Student Job: ESI is hiring a graduate student Climate Science Researcher/Writer to review and update the MIT Climate Primer with citations and the latest climate research. Apply.
  • 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 is seeking a Development Officer to help fund its mission of advancing clean energy development. Apply.
  • 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.
  • Job: The Human Impacts Institute is hiring a 20-hour-a-week Program Coordinator to facilitate exhibits, workshops, events and communications. Apply.
  • Job: Covering Climate Now is hiring a Managing Director to oversee day-to-day operations and help set strategic direction in support of journalists and newsroom coverage of climate change. 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.
  • Postdoc Positions: The Stockholm Resilience Center of Stockholm University is hiring five postdoctoral researchers and fellows for climate and sustainability related projects. Apply.
  • Jobs: The City of Boston is hiring for positions including an Air Quality Project Manager, a BERDO Review Board Manager overseeing building emissions reductions, an Energy Analyst, a Retrofit Resource Hub Manager to assist with energy efficiency retrofits, and an Energy Advocate to promote energy efficiency programs to Bostonians who would benefit from them.
  • Job: The Engine, an early-stage technology venture fund in Cambridge, Mass., is hiring a Policy & Climate Strategist. Apply.
  • Internship: The City of Miami Beach is seeking an Aspen Climate Institute Intern to support the development of a climate festival. MIT students can apply through Handshake by October 31.
  • Internships: The World Wildlife Fund is seeking a Food Waste Data Innovation Intern and a Farm Food Loss Tool Intern. MIT students can apply through Handshake by November 1.
  • Internship: The Beth Israel Lahey Health System is seeking a Sustainability Program Assistant to prioritize hospital sustainability goals. MIT students can apply through Handshake by November 13.
Grants, Scholarships, Contests and Funding Opportunities
  • 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.
  • Grant: The MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab has opened applications for the J-WAFS Water and Food Seed Grants, providing $150,000 over two years for MIT research with the potential for significant impact on water and food supply challenges. Apply by December 16.
  • Contest: Net Impact has launched its Circular Plastics Challenge, for teams of students and/or professionals to offer upstream solutions to keep plastics out of the economy and the environment. The first-place team will receive $10,000. Apply by February 13.

Student and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Hackathon: The MIT Energy Hackathon is this November 11-13. Sign up to compete.
  • Summer Program: The Caltech Resnick Sustainability Institute is offering a three-week intensive summer workshop on "Computer Vision Methods for Ecology," empowering ecologists to analyze large datasets. Apply by December 15.
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