Inventing a sustainable future.

The Environmental Solutions Initiative mobilizes the substantial scientific, engineering, policy, and design capacity of MIT to create solutions to today’s environmental challenges through diverse activities in education, research, and convening.


ESI Founding Director, Susan Solomon, gave the recent Carlson lecture at the New England Aquarium: A Brief History of Environmental Successes.

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Join us Mon. Nov. 20th at 4pm for America’s Climate Future: Remarks by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Information and registration here:

Senator Whitehouse

In September of 2017 ESI co-hosted a Workshop with our partner Conservation International on Artificial Intelligence in conservation contexts.

Official report just released, click to read next steps →

Read about our new Environment and Sustainability Minor in this fall 2017 edition Spectrum article

Check out our new ongoing feature on Facebook – we will be posting Q&As with Martin Fellows for Sustainability and our research Seed Grantees:

ESI’s Director, John Fernández, recently spoke at the American Climate Leadership Summit and at Harvard’s Worldwide Week The Future of Cities event.


Click on the map above to explore the full range of environment and sustainability efforts happening at MIT.

Fall lunch seminars

MIT faculty and grad students are invited to join ESI’s informal discussion series on emerging topics in environmental research and education.

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2017 Martin Fellows retreat
In addition to funding research seed grants, ESI funds about 10 PhD students each year whose research is focused on sustainability.

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Johan Rockstrom

Did you miss the Johan Rockstrom lecture? Watch it on our YouTube channel.