Sustainability Connect

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Ken Richardson
Sustainability Connect 2017

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

Seeking new opportunities was a major focus of Sustainability Connect 2017. It was reflected in the conference’s theme: “Cultivating the Test Bed: Harvesting a Better Future for All,” and through the day’s agenda of panels, presentations, and brainstorming sessions. Opportunities for innovative thinking explored incorporating social justice in future solutions, new intersections of innovation and campus sustainability, and new venues for faculty, students, and staff to use the campus as a living lab.

2017 Program

Welcoming Remarks

Video Recap & Setting the Stage | Julie Newman, Director, Office of Sustainability

Welcome | Tony Sharon, Deputy Executive Vice President, Office of the EVPT

Video


Keynote Address: Equity, Justice and Sustainable Solutions

Julian Agyeman, Professor, Tufts University, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning | Slides | Video


Exploring the Intersections between Innovation and Campus Sustainability at MIT

Glen Comiso, Senior Director for Institute Affairs at MIT, Moderator
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

Slides | Video


Cultivating the Test Bed: Constructing the Campus Lab

Joe Higgins, Director, Infrastructure Business Ops, Department of Facilities, Moderator

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)

Slides | Video

MIT News Article

Sustainability Connect 2016

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Photo: Ken Richardson
Sustainability Connect 2016

Future Campus

This year, as we celebrate 100 years of MIT in Cambridge, we also look forward to creating a sustainable campus in the coming century. Blending creative presentations with working sessions, the event, held on May 9, 2016, helps you and your teams shape the future of the campus.

Sustainability Connect 2016 Recap Video
2016 Program

Welcoming Remarks

Shaping the Future | Julie Newman, Director, Office of Sustainability | Slides | Video

Reflecting on our Progress | Tony Sharon, Deputy Executive Vice President | Video


Campus Resiliency through Community Design

Brent D. Ryan, Assoc. Prof. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning & Head of City Design & Dev't Group

Maryanne Kirkbride, Clinical Director for Campus Life, MIT Medical

Larry Susskind, Prof. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning

Slides | Video 


32 percent and beyond: MIT’s role in meeting local and global climate goals

Moderated by Noelle Eckley Selin, Assoc. Professor, IDSS & EAPS

Joe Higgins, Director, Infrastructure Business Ops, Office of Exec. VP & Treasurer

Steven Lanou, Deputy Director, Office of Sustainability

Ron Prinn, Director & Prof, Center for Global Change Science

Slides | Video 


Campus as a Living Lab: Reflections from 3 Project Teams

Moderated by John Fernandez, Dir. of MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative

AccessMyCommute | John Attanucci, Lecturer & Manager MIT Transit Research Program & Corey Tucker, Master of Sci. in Transport. and Technology & Policy

MIT Roof Study | Taya Dixon, Senior Planner, Capital Renewal and Isaac LaJoie, 4th year, Mechanical Engineering

2100 Resiliency Planning | Mike Wilson, Urban Studies and Planning and Jacqueline Kuo, 4th year, Mechanical Engineering 

Slides | Video 

MIT News Article

Sustainability Connect 2015

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Photo: Justin Knight
Sustainability Connect 2015

How can MIT be a game-changing force for campus sustainability?

Eight working groups and committees from across MIT - each tasked with developing recommendations related to campus sustainability on topics ranging from climate change to stormwater - convened as one powerful collective at MIT SustainabilityConnect on March 2, 2015. Attendees made new and vital connections with each other, generated game-changing ideas for the future, and kicked off the process of sustainable campus-wide transformation. The one-day forum combined presentations from topical experts with hands-on working sessions.

Sustainability Connect 2015 Recap Video

2015 Program

 

Welcoming Remarks: Inventing the Future of MIT Campus Sustainability

Julie Newman, Director, MIT Office of Sustainability | Slides | Video 

Israel Ruiz, MIT Executive Vice President & Treasurer | Slides | Video 


Framing Our Future: How Can MIT be a Game-changing Force for Campus Sustainability?

Frank O’Sullivan, Director of Research & Analysis, MITEI (Moderator)

Vladimir Bulovic, Associate Dean for Innovation, Professor of Electrical Engineering, MIT School of Engineering

Jeremy Poindexter, Graduate student, MIT Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Photovoltaics Research Laboratory

John Charles, Vice President for MIT Information Systems and Technology (IS&T)

Henry (Jake) Jacoby, William F. Pounds Professor of Management Emeritus, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, and Member, MIT Climate Change Conversation Committee

Bina Venkataraman, Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute and former senior advisor for climate change innovation in the Executive Office of the US President

Slides | Video


Working Session 1: Creating Game-changing Plans for MIT Campus Sustainability

Slides


Designing Tomorrow’s Campus: Resiliency, Vulnerability, and Adaptation

Anne Slinn, Executive Director of Research, MIT Center for Global Change Science and Member, MIT Climate Change Conversation Committee (Moderator)

The Cambridge Context: Understanding Risks and Community Preparedness - Nathalie Beauvais, Project Manager/Lead climate change projects from Kleinfelder Associates. Kleinfelder is developing a comprehensive climate change vulnerability assessment for the City of Cambridge

Resilient Campus Design - James Wescoat, Aga Khan Professor, MIT Department of Architecture

Campus Goal Setting for Climate ChangeBert Bland, Associate Vice President of Energy and Sustainability, Cornell University

Slides | Video 


Working Session 2: Designing Tomorrow's Campus

Slides


Closing Remarks

Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management and Co-Founder, Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) and Academy for Systemic Change

Video

MIT News Article