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 Recap Video
MIT News Article on 2015 Connect

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


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


Closing Remarks

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