Sustainability Connect

Sustainability Connect 2017

Cultivating the campus test bed, harvesting a better future for all

Sustainability Connect is an annual meeting that brings together a dynamic cross-section of faculty, staff, and student leaders working across MIT to advance game-changing campus sustainability initiatives. This year's theme is: Cultivating the Campus Test Bed, Harvesting a Better Future for All. Read below for more info.

Attendance by invitation only.

See past Sustainability Connects here


Date & Time: Monday, May 8, 2017, 8:30AM-3PM (Invite only from 8:30AM-1PM; open to MIT 1PM-3PM)
Venue: Samberg Conference Center, E52, 7th Floor


8:30AM-9AM |  Breakfast & Registration

9AM-9:15AM | Welcoming Remarks
Video Recap & Setting the Stage | Julie Newman, Director, Office of Sustainability
Welcome | Tony Sharon, Deputy Executive Vice President, Office of the EVPT

9:15AM-10AM | Keynote Address: Equity, Justice and Sustainable Solutions
Julian Agyeman, Professor, Tufts University, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

10AM-11AM | Panel: Exploring the Intersections between Innovation and Campus Sustainability at MIT
Moderated by: Glen Comiso, Senior Director for Institute Affairs at MIT

11AM-11:15AM | Coffee Break

11:15AM-12:15PM | Workshop: Collaborative Goal Setting, Harvesting a Better Future
Facilitated by MITOS staff
Small groups examine & reflect on setting actionable, innovative goals for sustainability

12:15PM-1PM | Lunch & Networking

To foster new connections with Sustainability Connect participants, the last two sessions are open to the wider MIT academic and administrative communities. Snacks will be served.

1PM-2PM | Cultivating the Test Bed: Constructing the Campus Lab
Moderated by: Joe Higgins, Director, Infrastructure Business Ops, Department of Facilities

  • Rachel Perlman, PhD student in Engineering Systems Division & MIT Office of Sustainability Fellow (Campus Material Flow Analysis)

  • Kripa Varanasi, Associate Professor, MIT Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (Water Savings in Cooling Towers and the Central Utilities Plant)

  • Marius Peters, Research Scientist, Photovoltaics Research Lab (Solar Test Bed)

  • Pam Greenley, Associate Director, MIT Office of Environment Health & Safety (Green Labs Certification)

2PM-3PM | Living Lab Ideation Session
Co-facilitated by MITOS and the Environmental Solutions Initiative
Matching campus-based questions with opportunities for education and research.

Closing remarks

Note: We will end in time to make it to the opening plenary session of Solve at MIT, for those attending.