Climate Resiliency - Education

Climate Resiliency Education

Resiliency Stress Test

The Resiliency Stress Test is an activity designed to evaluate for a sample of campus to: 1) Identify the range of potential impacts from climate events and 2) Explore potential solutions that can reduce climate risks to campus.  

Step 1: The building, infrastructure, and site systems sub-groups are each describing potential impacts to their respective systems from the same scenarios for both an extreme rain and an extreme heat event.  Once these impacts are described and synthesized from the building, infrastructure, and site systems sub-groups, the community systems sub-group will then identify ways that the impacts affect the MIT community.   

Step 2: This baseline understanding of impacts identified (Step 1) will enable each sub-group to explore strategies for reducing the risks of climate impacts.  By understanding potential risk reduction strategies for a small scale portion of campus, MIT can become familiar with the breadth and depth of technical, financial, and social adaptations required for campus-wide resiliency.

Early findings from Step 1 show that there is considerable interdependency among building, infrastructure, and site systems such that a failure in one system can cause a failure in other systems.  This recognition is requiring extensive collaboration among the sub-groups as they describe both the impacts as well as potential solutions.

Education and Awareness Raising

Growing a resilient MIT requires a community-wide understanding of climate risks and adaptation opportunities.  Collaboration with key partners has furthered our education and awareness-raising.

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Collaboration with City of Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future

MITOS and the MIT Office of Emergency Management collaborated with the Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future to host a Climate Resiliency Tabletop Exercise . The event engaged Cambridge businesses, the cCity and institutions in identifying business continuity and coordination challenges and opportunities following a climate-based incident that causes business and research interruptions. 

PKG Spring Break
PKG Spring Break

PKG Spring Break matches teams of MIT students with community organizations where students learn firsthand about complex social issues impacting communities and the work that is being done to address those challenges. Student leaders facilitate this experience for their assigned cohort, and utilize the support of staff mentors to create a fun, community-embedded, and thought-provoking experience.

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Forging University-Municipality Partnerships Toward Urban Sustainability

MIT partnered with the City of Cambridge to present the joint case of campus/city climate resiliency planning at the Forging University-Municipality Partnerships Toward Urban Sustainability Conference. The goal of the conference was to inspire progress by sharing successful examples of university-municipality collaboration on sustainability efforts.

ISCN Case Study: MIT Climate Resiliency Approach

Case study of MIT’s emerging approach to educating the campus and community about climate resiliency is captured in this 2018 ISCN Best Practices Guide.