Sustainability Connect 2017

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.

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MIT News Article on 2017 Connect

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


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