Sustainability Connect

Sustainability Connect Intro/Current

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Sustainability Connect 2017

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

Monday, May 8, 2017

Samberg Conference Center

8:30am - 3:00pm

Invitation Only

Stay tuned for more information.


Sustainability Connect 2016

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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.

2016 Agenda

Welcoming Remarks

  • Shaping the Future | Julie Newman, Director, Office of Sustainability

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


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


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


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 and Corey Tucker, 3rd year, 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 


Sustainability Connect 2015

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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 video recap.

2015 Agenda


Welcoming Remarks: Inventing the Future of MIT Campus Sustainability

  • Julie Newman, Director, MIT Office of Sustainability

  • Israel Ruiz, MIT Executive Vice President & Treasurer


Julie Newman, Director, MIT Office of Sustainability (slides)

Israel Ruiz, MIT Executive Vice President & Treasurer (slides)

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


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


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


Working Session 2: Designing Tomorrow's Campus


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 of Peter Senge's Remarks