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Past Events

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September Environment-Sustainability Lunch: Siqi Zheng

September 19, 2018

September Environment-Sustainability Lunch: Siqi Zheng

2018 Welcome Party

September 6, 2018

2018 Welcome Party

ESI’s 3rd annual welcome party, featuring Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and games.

SENSE.nano Symposium

June 5, 2018

SENSE.nano Symposium

This full-day symposium highlighted needs for new SENSE technologies, showcased research and innovations, and presented the impact of these technologies in Water, Environment and Agriculture systems.

May Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Genetically Engineered Solutions to Environmental Nitrogen Paradoxes

May 17, 2018

May Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Genetically Engineered Solutions to Environmental Nitrogen Paradoxes

Bioavailable inorganic nitrogen limits the fertility of many environmental systems, from local lakes and rivers to coastal bays to much of the global ocean. Denitrification is a multi-step microbial pathway by which environmental bacteria naturally consume inorganic nitrogen. Thank you to Andrew for a great seminar and to all of the attendees!

One Sustainable World

May 12, 2018

One Sustainable World

The One Sustainable World lounge featured environment and sustainability-related work at MIT curated by the ESI.

Earth Day Celebration 2018

April 21, 2018

Earth Day Celebration 2018

#CPWHunt

April 13, 2018

#CPWHunt

ESI’s first ever Twitter scavenger hunt, #CPWHunt featuring sustainability-related spots on campus.

April Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Decarbonized Energy Systems for the New Volpe Center

April 12, 2018

April Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Decarbonized Energy Systems for the New Volpe Center

Leslie Norford, Architecture; David Hsu, DUSP; Christoph Reinhart, Architecture MIT’s redevelopment of the Volpe Center demands a vision for energy infrastructure and systems commensurate with the intellectual and social benefits the revitalized center will bring to the Institute and to Cambridge. This close-to-home project will focus attention and discussion within the MIT community about our efforts towards climate change, and how we can better exemplify efforts in the broader city and academic community.

March Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Lawrence Susskind and Gabriella Carolini

March 15, 2018

March Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Lawrence Susskind and Gabriella Carolini

Lawrence Susskind and Gabriella Carolini, DUSP shared their research on achieving water affordability in America’s shrinking cities. “As steeply rising water rates have outpaced low-income customers’ ability to pay, especially in cities like Detroit and Baltimore, mass water disconnections and ‘pockets of water poverty’ are signaling the onset of a water affordability crisis in urban America…We

Chasing Coral: Documentary Screening

February 24, 2018

Chasing Coral: Documentary Screening

Chasing Coral is the winner of the 2017 US documentary audience award at Sundance. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. This screening was sponsored by ESI, UA Sustainability, and Fossil Free MIT.

From the Ashes: Documentary Screening

February 15, 2018

From the Ashes: Documentary Screening

From the Ashes invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives. This screening was sponsored by ESI, Sustainability Initiative, and Fossil Free MIT.

February Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Julie Newman and Tim Gutowski

February 15, 2018

February Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Julie Newman and Tim Gutowski

Julie Newman, DUSP & Director of MITOS, and Tim Gutowski, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, shared their new class for the semester, Solving for carbon neutrality (11.S938 / 2.S999). Their approach to the class involves 5 major themes, multidispinary speakers from different facets of the MIT Plan for Action on Climate Change, and a final

Microfibers and Microplastics Workshop

January 17, 2018

Microfibers and Microplastics Workshop

Researchers, industry leaders, and governmental representatives alike gathered for a workshop on microfibers and microplastics, an emerging field with a limited body of research. The featured speakers lectured on this finite knowledge and neighboring subjects. The workshop concluded with working groups to uncover current gaps in knowledge and potential solutions.

Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Jessika Trancik

December 13, 2017

Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Jessika Trancik

Professor Trancik is an Associate Professor at the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS). Her talk focused on evaluating the environmental costs and impacts of energy technologies.

People and the Planet Lecture: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

November 20, 2017

People and the Planet Lecture: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Camrin Braun

November 16, 2017

Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Camrin Braun

Camrin Braun, PhD candidate in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, gave an intriguing lecture on his dissertation research. His dissertation explores the relationship between movements of pelagic fishes, particularly sharks, and their ocean environment and how studying these interactions can directly improve fisheries management.

Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Newton Harrison

October 23, 2017

Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Newton Harrison

Newton Harrison, pioneer in the eco-art movement, spoke about his recent work, The Force Majeure, which encapsulates problems of climate change, sea level rise, drought, and over-consumption across the globe.

Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Prof. Tom Peacock

October 18, 2017

Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Prof. Tom Peacock

Prof. Tom Peacock of the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering spoke on his ESI funded Seed Grant research studying the environmental impacts of underwater plumes that may occur if deep sea mining becomes a reality.

Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Dr. Lily Pollans

September 21, 2017

Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Dr. Lily Pollans

Dr. Lily Pollans, MIT Alum and now Associate Professor at Hunter College, talked about how despite efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle, we are still diverting most of our municipal solid waste to landfills. However, many cities nationwide are ramping up their recycling and organics programs to reduce landfill waste.

ESI/CI Artificial Intelligence Workshop

September 19, 2017

ESI/CI Artificial Intelligence Workshop

Early on a Monday morning in September, scientists, engineers, and problem solvers from a diverse collection of backgrounds trickled into the Samberg Conference Center on MIT’s campus. In the following two days, numerous presentations were given that centered on conservation-oriented, and technology-focused projects.

People and the Planet Lecture: Johan Rockstrom

September 19, 2017

People and the Planet Lecture: Johan Rockstrom

2017 Welcome Back Party

September 7, 2017

2017 Welcome Back Party

People and the Planet Lecture: Bob Inglis

April 25, 2017

People and the Planet Lecture: Bob Inglis

Earth Day Celebration 2017

April 22, 2017

Earth Day Celebration 2017

ESI Earth Week Mini-Symposium

April 20, 2017

ESI Earth Week Mini-Symposium

ESI welcomed guests for presentation and discussion of interdisciplinary environment and sustainability research conducted by our 2015 Seed Grant Recipients. Topics included metals and mining, sustainable resource policy, healthy cities, and climate risk and mitigation. See the detailed program here.

April Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Prof. Steven Barrett

April 15, 2017

April Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Prof. Steven Barrett

Prof. Steven Barrett of the Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics spoke about his work as director of the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment. The lab focuses on advancing aircraft technology to reduce its impacts on the environment as well as reshape regulatory and policy framework. Photo: MIT LAE

People and the Planet Lecture: Deborah Cramer

March 22, 2017

People and the Planet Lecture: Deborah Cramer

March Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Prof. Janelle Knox-Hayes

March 8, 2017

March Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Prof. Janelle Knox-Hayes

Prof. Janelle Knox-Hayes of the Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning shared her new book, The Cultures of Markets: The Political Economy of Climate Governance. The “book explores the establishment of emissions trading as a form of environmental, market-based governance.”

February Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Prof. Antoine Allanore

February 15, 2017

February Environment-Sustainability Lunch Seminar: Prof. Antoine Allanore

Prof. Antoine Allanore from the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering spoke on his new center, Metals & Minerals for the Environment (MME), recently funded through ESI’s 2015 Seed Grant. MME works to link industry with academia to shape a more sustainable future for the metals and minerals industry.

Hackathon for Climate 2017

January 27, 2017

Hackathon for Climate 2017

People and the Planet Lecture: Conservation International

October 18, 2016

People and the Planet Lecture: Conservation International

People and the Planet Lecture: Nathaniel Stinnett

September 20, 2016

People and the Planet Lecture: Nathaniel Stinnett

Welcome Back Party 2016

September 8, 2016

Welcome Back Party 2016

Designing the Climate Workshop

June 23, 2016

Designing the Climate Workshop

Earth Day Celebration 2016

April 22, 2016

Earth Day Celebration 2016

Hackathon for Climate 2016

January 29, 2016

Hackathon for Climate 2016

The first annual ESI Hackathon for Climate Change was hosted to produce inventive ideas for solutions to pressing environmental issues.