July 15, 2021
Designing exploratory robots that collect data for marine scientists

Victoria Preston, a 2021 Martin Fellow for Sustainability, programs robots to collect environmental data in waterways.


April 23, 2021
From entrepreneur to climate policy advocate

With the ESI Rapid Response Group, rising senior Kiara Wahnschafft has used MIT climate research to write briefs for Massachusetts and federal policymakers.


November 10, 2020
Environmental Solutions Initiative puts sustainability front and center at the MIT career fair

A new online tool lets students track key metrics on employers’ carbon footprints and encourages more engagement on sustainability issues.


September 3, 2020
“The Emerald Tutu” wins NSF grant for design to protect Boston’s coastline

The winners of an ESI-sponsored competition to design a future, climate-ready Boston have landed an award to realize their vision.


July 7, 2020
Innovations in environmental training for the mining industry

ESI collaborated with multinational mining company Vale to bring sustainability education to young engineering professionals in Brazil.


July 1, 2020
D-Lab moves online, without compromising on impact

With the campus shut down by Covid-19, the spring D-Lab class Water, Climate Change, and Health had to adapt. Now students are working with ESI and other groups to improve MIT's climate action plan, teach climate topics online, and much more.


June 5, 2020
Peatland drainage in Southeast Asia adds to climate change

ESI Seed Grant recipient Charles Harvey is part of a team that used novel satellite data to reveal the true extent of peatland loss in Malaysia and Indonesia, with robust estimates of just how much CO2 is entering the atmosphere as a result.


May 12, 2020
New interactive website leads the public through the knowns and unknowns of climate change

ESI partnered with Prof. Kerry Emanuel and the MIT Office of the Vice President for Research to create an online climate primer with a clear story and loads of interactive bonus material.


December 16, 2019
The uncertain role of natural gas in the transition to clean energy

ESI seed grant recipient Jessika Trancik digs into the difficult-to-quantify role of methane as a greenhouse gas.


December 5, 2019
Understanding the impact of deep-sea mining

Mining materials from the sea floor could help secure a low-carbon future, but before this becomes a big business, ESI seed grant recipient Tom Peacock is racing to understand the environmental effects.


October 31, 2019
New synthesis method yields degradable polymers

New polymer chemistry from the lab of Jeremiah Johnson, partly funded through ESI's Plastics and the Environment Program, could be an alternative to some industrial plastics.


October 4, 2019
Experts urge “full speed ahead” on climate action

Panelists at the first MIT climate symposium, on "progress in climate science," described the state of knowledge in climate science and stressed the urgent need for action.

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