ESI Team

John FernandezProf. John E. Fernández, Director

John E. Fernández ‘85 is a professor of building technology in the Department of Architecture and a practicing architect.  Fernández founded and directs the MIT Urban Metabolism Group, a highly multidisciplinary research group focused on the resource intensity of cities and design and technology pathways for future urbanization. He is author of two books, numerous articles in scientific and design journals including Science, the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Building and Environment, Energy Policy and others, and author of nine book chapters. He is Chair of Sustainable Urban Systems for the International Society of Industrial Ecology and Associate Editor of the journal Sustainable Cities and Society.  Fernández served as Director of the Building Technology Program in the Department of Architecture from 2010 to 2015 and as the Director of the International Design Center at MIT from 2012 to 2015.  He previously served as the Director of Research for Sustainable Energy Systems of the MIT Portugal Program.

Fernández is a member of the Board for New Ecology, Inc., and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Sustainable Energy of the Fraunhofer Institute.  At MIT, Fernández serves on the Committee on the Innovation Initiative, the Faculty Policy Committee, and the Institute Planning Committee, as well as the Campus Sustainability Task Force, the MIT Materials and Waste Management Working Group, and the Metropolitan Warehouse Advisory Group. Fernández is Housemaster for MIT’s Baker House.

Fernández has served on several National Science Foundation Review Panels, as a member of the Department of Energy Roadmap 2020 Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Building Envelope Technology and Environmental Council of the National Institute of Building Science. He also served as a member of the Research Committee of the United States Green Building Council.  Fernández has participated in the launch of two startup companies in the past 5 years.  With his partner and wife, Malvina Lampietti, Fernández has been designer of more than 2.5 million square feet of new construction. As senior designer in two major New York City architecture firms Fernández led the design and construction of major commercial, institutional, and residential buildings in Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Jakarta, Tokyo, Shanghai, and other locations.

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Amanda GrahamAmanda Graham, Ph.D., Executive Director

Amanda Graham is Executive Director of the Environmental Solutions Initiative at MIT.

Graham serves as co-chair for the Academic Environment Working Group of MIT’s MindHandHeart Initiative.  Beginning in January 2017 she will serve a two-year term on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Advisory Council.

She served as the Director of Education for the MIT Energy Initiative from 2007 to 2015, where she led the development and launch of the Energy Studies Minor, the Institute’s first campus-wide multidisciplinary academic program for undergraduates.  Prior to working at MITEI, she guided energy, environment, and sustainability education programs for the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment at MIT from 2001 to 2007.  Graham earned her Ph.D. (environmental communication) and M.S. (social sciences of forestry) from the University of Washington and her B.A. (social and environmental policy) from Williams College.


Hannah LoomisHannah Loomis, Senior Program Assistant

As Senior Program Assistant Hannah handles communications, event planning, administration, graphic and web design, video production and photography, and student outreach.  Prior to ESI she worked in administration and marketing/communications for MIT Architecture, and for a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations in Boston, western Mass and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Hannah has a BA in Music from Hampshire College and studied jazz piano at Rutgers College.  She’s currently pursuing a master’s degree in digital media design at Harvard Extension, and sings as often as possible.



Spring 2017 Program Interns

JuliannaJulianna Horiuchi Horiuchi, Program Intern

Julianna Horiuchi is a second-year Environmental Science major at Northeastern University, and is so excited to be a part of the ESI team as a Programs Intern this spring! Within the environmental sphere she has developed a particular passion for food and agriculture, and works with Real Food Challenge at Northeastern to shift university dining hall purchasing to create a fairer and more sustainable food system. She also loves youth education, and spent the past year and a half working as a Mentor Scientist with Science Club for Girls in Cambridge and Boston. She is originally from Seattle, Washington, and aims to fill any free time with music, photography, vegan baking, or tea.

Minerva Teli

Minerva Teli, Program Intern

A third year student at Northeastern, Minerva studies Chemistry and Environmental Studies. She’s passionate about the environment and in the past has done environmental-oriented chemistry research at Northeastern as well as volunteered at the nonprofit Environment Massachusetts, working with their solar energy team. She is excited to be at MIT because of the great work and research being done that could immensely advance progress on combating and adapting to climate change. It is this kind of research that she hopes to pursue in the future. Outside of classes and work she divides her time between dance, music, and travel.