April 15, 2021
Reflections on the First Earth Day, 51 Years Later

To mark the 51st Earth Day, ESI research collaborator Harvey Michaels reflects on his experience at the first Earth Day in 1970.

April 8, 2021
To advance climate action, MIT seeks partnerships beyond industry

Engagement with political, community leaders must be a key part of forthcoming climate action plan, MIT climate leaders say at Climate Engagement Forum.

March 18, 2021
Environmental Solutions Initiative digs into how reliance on coal impacts county, school funding

A new white paper from ESI shows that the shuttering of coal mines in southwestern Pennsylvania is having an outsized impact on local tax revenues, and shale gas can't make up the difference.

March 17, 2021
A “just transition” from coal mining must think about community services, not just jobs

Caroline White-Nockleby, lead author of an ESI white paper on the tax structure of a Pennsylvania coal county, talks to Pittsburgh's NPR radio station WESA.

February 18, 2021
Student Sustainability Journeys: Alejandro Diaz

Alejandro Diaz '20 met sustainability-oriented classmates through his interest in backpacking and rock climbing. Their influence led him to connect his electrical engineering degree to environmental challenges.

February 5, 2021
The Practical Challenges of Carbon Footprinting

ESI's Suzanne Greene has published two new papers tackling carbon footprints in sectors at the base of industrial supply chains.

January 14, 2021
The Curious Case of Engineering Schools and Sustainable Investing

The ESI Rapid Response Group is investigating how university endowments can and should approach climate issues.

January 8, 2021
Letter from the Director: “Trump’s Legacy – Lies and Violence,” January 2021

It is critically important not to mince words about what has been happening these past four years.

December 11, 2020
Student Sustainability Journeys: Rebecca Grekin

Rebecca Grekin '19 struggled to find job opportunities that matched her passion for sustainability—so she worked to give future MIT students easier access to environmental career paths.

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.

November 8, 2020
Letter from the Director: “Post-election: getting on with our work,” November 2020

As we look to the next few months and years, the passing of 2020 marks the beginning of the need for rapid annual and decadal global greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

October 26, 2020
Student Sustainability Journeys: Tessa Weiss

Tessa Weiss '20 came to MIT expecting to work in clean energy, but her engagement with climate issues pushed her in a new direction.

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