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
Jim May, Senior Project Manager, MIT Campus Planning
Jinane Abounadi, Executive Director, MIT Sandbox
Sarah Eusden Gallop, Co-Director, MIT Office of Government & Community Relations
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.
Note: We will end in time to make it to the opening plenary session of Solve at MIT, for those attending.