December 6, 2019
Making buildings from industrial waste

ESI seed grant recipient Elsa Olivetti combs through the waste products of heavy industry to find novel building materials.


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.


November 15, 2019
Inside ESI’s “Modelling Plastics in the Oceans” Workshop

The ESI Plastics and the Environment Program convened a workshop of modellers and field researchers at MIT to discuss the behavior of plastic pollution in oceans and waterways.


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 9, 2019
Pedestrianizing Boston

MITASC member Jennifer Fox looks to cities in Spain and Denmark for inspiration as she considers a more pedestrian- and family-friendly Boston.


October 8, 2019
What Could Accessible Public Waterways Look Like in Boston?

MITASC member Lucy Milde reports from her summer work project in Copenhagen about the new public spaces opened up by clean water and a commitment to engineering the city for everyone.


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.


October 4, 2019
Deploying drones to prepare for climate change

PhD student Norhan Bayomi uses drones to investigate how building construction impacts communities’ resilience to rising temperatures.


September 25, 2019
A Renewable Welcome

ESI was part of a joint effort to distribute hundreds of reusable water bottles to new students at MIT orientation, while educating them about water issues.


September 18, 2019
Negotiating for the Future at SimPlanet

Resident science writer Rachel Fritts sits down at SimPlanet to learn what mix of policies can keep climate change within livable limits - and what interests might stand in the way.


September 16, 2019
Letter from the Director: September 2019

John Fernández ushers in the new academic year by urging a stronger focus on climate change and the value of a deliberate education in ethics - for students and the Institute alike.


September 12, 2019
Perspectives from a Settler Colonialist in Hawai’i

Researching the history of infrastructure projects in her native Hawai'i, MITASC member Aja Grande uncovers some surprising realizations about her relationship to the land where she was born and raised.

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