Rapid Response Group: The ESI Rapid Response Group (RRG) was formed to respond to critical environmental issues in a timely manner with science-based analysis and assistance in the service of our partners in communities, civil society, government and industry. The RRG generates a variety of targeted materials including synopses of state of the art, briefing documents, fact sheets, talking points, executive summaries, and other products in various media and across a range of important environmental issues. The RRG also serves as a bridge between the MIT community and our partners by connecting individuals and expertise through informal conversations, curated panels, symposia and other knowledge and perspective sharing events.
Members of the RRG are undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of fields and majors at MIT and other universities. The RRG is guided and managed through the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative by the director, Prof. John E. Fernández.
The RRG collaborates with all levels of government including congressional offices, state and city officials as well as various community organizations, the MIT Washington Office, many MIT professors and researchers, a range of environmental groups, industry trade groups, individual companies, and many others. The RRG project portfolio is developed through discussions within the group and in consultation with outside partners.
The RRG is now accepting applications for 20 open positions for the 2020 Fall term. All MIT undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to work for pay and undergrads for UROP credit. Please send an email to email@example.com if you or someone you know may be interested in joining us.
Nature-Based Solutions: Complex, carbon-sequestering environments like the Amazon rainforest are our planet’s most important bulwark against climate change and biodiversity loss. ESI’s Nature Based Solutions Program is seeking two undergraduate students for our flagship research project developing a participatory risk management system to identify landslide risks using data from drone flights in the city of Mocoa, in the Colombian Amazon Piedmont. These students will be exposed to the complexities of developing a project that involves multi-stakeholder and international collaboration, and engage in consensus building among partners with different interests, agendas and cultural backgrounds, and power dynamics. The research will be supervised by ESI’s faculty director, Prof. John E. Fernández, with the support of teams at ESI and Lincoln Labs.
To apply for either of these positions, email a resume to Marcela Angel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Jobs – MITOS
The MIT Office of Sustainability is hiring students this fall for five widely varied positions, including a Communications and Design Fellow, a Campus Environmental Justice Fellow, and a Software Engineer to Support Urban Climate Resilience Fellow. Visit the MITOS website to read more and learn how to apply.
Internship – Oceanworks
Oceanworks, the marketplace for recycled ocean plastics, is seeking a Materials Intern this fall. This intern will receive a $1000-$2000/month stipend to work with Oceanworks’ operations team evaluating and onboarding new materials. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Oceanworks by September 18.
Internships – Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Internship – The Engine
Job – Living Future Institute
Job – BuildingEase
BuildingEase, a company providing a one-stop portal for green building design and construction, is seeking a project manager to help launch their new enterprise platform. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and three references to email@example.com.
Research Contest – Global Alliance of Universities on Climate
The Global Alliance of Universities on Climate Graduate Student Forum is accepting abstracts of research papers from graduate students. Winners will be invited to submit their full papers to various journals and may be recommended to attend the 2021 United Nations conventions on climate change and/or biodiversity. Contact Aaron Krol to learn how to apply by September 12.
MIT Climate Grand Challenges
MIT is launching the Climate Grand Challenges to assemble up to six large-scale integrated research projects, focused on difficult and high-impact problems related to climate change. PI’s can submit letters of interest by September 21. Learn how to participate.
Contest – Lemelson-MIT Prize
The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize awards up to $15,000 to student teams to develop inventions in healthcare, food/water and agriculture, mobility and transportation, and consumer products. Teams must have a tested prototype to enter. Learn how to compete and apply by September 25.
Contest – J-WAFS
The MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab will award $3,000 to a winning student who submits a short video describing their research related to agriculture and food systems. Learn how to apply by September 30.
Contest – MIT Energy Hack
Grant – MassCEC
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Catalyst Grant Program will award up to $65,000 to researchers and startups to demonstrate initial prototypes of clean energy technologies. Learn how to apply by October 19.
Poster Presentation – MIT Energy Night
Volunteer – Environmental Voter Project
Volunteer – En-ROADS Climate Ambassadors
Learn about minoring in Environment & Sustainability at MIT!