Join us for a free screening of “Chasing Coral” followed by a Q&A session with executive producers Linda and David Cornfield
February 24th, 6:30pm | Kirsch Auditorium in Stata (32-123)
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. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
Hosted by: ESI, UA Sustainability, & Fossil Free MIT
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February 15, 2018
Julie Newman, DUSP and Director of MITOS, and Tim Gutowski, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, shared their new class for the spring semester, Solving for carbon neutrality (11.S938 / 2.S999). Their approach to the class involves five major themes, multidispinary speakers from different facets of the MIT Plan for Action on Climate Change, and a final project for students to come up with their own proposed solutions.
January 17, 2018
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.
December 13, 2017
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.
November 20, 2017
November 16, 2017
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.
October 23, 2017
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.
October 18, 2017
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.
September 21, 2017
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.
September 19, 2017
September 7, 2017
April 25, 2017
April 22, 2017
April 20, 2017
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 15, 2017
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
March 22, 2017
March 8, 2017
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 15, 2017
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.
January 27, 2017
October 18, 2016
September 20, 2016
September 8, 2016
June 23, 2016
April 22, 2016
January 29, 2016
The first annual ESI Hackathon for Climate Change was hosted to produce inventive ideas for solutions to pressing environmental issues.
ESI designs events with two parallel goals in mind; first, to expand and energize MIT’s environment and sustainability community, and second, to inspire and connect the community with thought leaders from civil society, business + industry, and innovative research + education.
A monthly lunch seminar engages faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in lively conversations about current environmental research and education at MIT.
Our “People and the Planet” series of invited lectures brings fresh and sometimes provocative points of view into contact with the MIT and Cambridge communities.
And campus wide events such as Hackathons for Climate and annual Earth Day celebrations provide opportunities to get involved, get active, and have fun.