The ESI Rapid Response Group (RRG) was formed to respond to critical environmental issues in a timely manner with science-based analysis and assistance in the service of our partners in communities, civil society, government and industry.

The RRG generates a variety of targeted materials including synopses of state of the art, briefing documents, fact sheets, talking points, executive summaries, and other products in various media and across a range of important environmental issues. The RRG also serves as a bridge between the MIT community and our partners by connecting individuals and expertise through informal conversations, curated panels, symposia and other knowledge and perspective sharing events.

Members of the RRG are undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of fields and majors at MIT and other universities. The RRG is guided and managed through the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative by the director, Prof. John E. Fernández. For more information please email us at

The information below describes the wide range of engagements and the products that arise from our work. Each of the projects addresses one or more of the following topic categories:

Climate Change Science; Climate Change Consequences & Solutions; Biodiversity; Cities, Resources & Nature; Production of Materials & Services; Societal Consumption; Pollution

Each of the projects also specifies the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that are addressed by the work.

Learn more about Summer 2024 RRG positions here.