About Us

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Our mission

is to transform MIT into a powerful model—that generates just, equitable, and scalable solutions for responding to the unprecedented challenges of a changing planet. 

To achieve our mission, we seek to advance a collaborative process that engages and elevates a diverse set of voices to foster operational excellence, education, research and innovation on our campus.
 

 

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Creating a next generation sustainable campus

The MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) was established in 2013 under the Executive Vice President and Treasurer's Office to integrate sustainability across all levels of our campus by engaging the collective brainpower of our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and partners. We have set out to ensure that sustainability is a critical part of MIT’s standard operating procedures and is fully integrated into the working, research, teaching, social and cultural spheres of our campus.


MITOS staff

The MITOS team. Read more about the team here.


How we work

The MITOS Strategy is organized into four areas of responsibility. While our work is based on campus, we are connected to the larger mission of MIT – to serve the nation and world. We have set out to have an an impact across scales, from the individual to the globe.

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Areas of Responsibility:

Sustainable Campus Systems: Reimagining systems on campus to advance the well-being and resilience of people and the environment

Campus as an Urban Living Laboratory: Utilizing the campus and its urban surroundings as a test-bed for innovation and knowledge generation through research and education

Collaborative Partnerships: Harnessing the collective intelligence of networks and communities to solve shared problems

Leadership and Capacity Building: Engaging and empowering faculty, students, and staff in shaping, applying, and continuously improving the sustainability of MIT and beyond

Read about our Scales of Impact framework.

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Our core values

Applied Innovation: Pursue creative strategies with tangible and scalable impacts

Community Mobilization: Generate opportunities to mobilize and engage MIT’s educational enterprise around climate and sustainability efforts. 

Civic Responsibility: Contribute to the mission of MIT by serving our campus, community, and the world

Inclusive design: Foster a culture where people from diverse backgrounds and departments feel they are valued and their voices are essential, heard, and respected.

Systems Thinking: View all stakeholders, resources and challenges as interrelated and mutually dependent.

 

 

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Our methods

Apply system-thinking to campus design, management, growth and renewal

Redefine the campus as an experimental laboratory for applied innovation and learning

Connect people, ideas and systems in ways that spark transformative and lasting change

Position higher education as a critical partner in delivering scalable impact from the individual to the global level

Scales of Impact

The challenges of sustainability are both local and global. Creating transformative solutions requires deep collaboration among community leaders and members on campus, city and global scales.

It starts with you on campus.

We start with you to find solutions at the campus level to serve both the institution's needs as well as to incubate new and big ideas.

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MITOS Staff

Meet our team

Drawing from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, we work together to connect people, ideas and systems across the MIT community in ways that spark transformative and lasting change.

Julie Newman
Julie Newman
Director

Julie joined MIT as the Institute’s first Director of Sustainability in the summer of 2013. She has worked in the field of sustainable development and campus sustainability for twenty years. Her research has focused on the intersection between decision-making processes and organizational behavior in institutionalizing sustainability into higher education.

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Julie is also a Lecturer in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).

In 2004, Julie was recruited to be the founding Director of the Office of Sustainability for Yale University.  At Yale, Julie held a lecturer appointment with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where she taught an undergraduate course entitled – Sustainability: From theory to practice in institutions.  Julie came to Yale from the University of New Hampshire, Office of Sustainability Programs (OSP) where she assisted with the development of the program since its inception in 1997.  Prior to her work with the OSP she worked for University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF). In 2004 Julie co-founded the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium, to advance education and action for sustainable development on university campuses in the northeast and maritime region.

Julie lectures and consults for universities both nationally and internationally, participates on a variety of boards and advisory committees and has contributed to a series of edited books and peer reviewed journals. Julie holds a BS in Natural Resource Policy and Management from the University of Michigan; an MS in Environmental Policy and Biology from Tufts University; and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of New Hampshire.

See below for a list of Julie Newman's publications related to campus sustainability.

Journal Articles

Washington-Ottombre, C., Washington, G., Newman, J. (2018) Campus sustainability in the US: Environmental management and social change since 1970. Journal of Cleaner Production. v. 196, 564-575.

Weber, S., Newman, J. (2017).  Ecoregional analysis applied to campus sustainability  performance.  International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Newman, J. (2012). An organizational change management framework for sustainability. Greener Management International. Galea , C. [Ed.].  pp. 65-75(11).

Newman, J ; Rauch, J. (2009). Institutionalizing a greenhouse gas commitment at Yale. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. Vol. 10 Issue: 4, 390 - 400.
 
Newman, J. (2009). Education for Sustainability – Designing an educational system for sustainability. Encyclopedia of Sustainability. Great Barrington, Massachusetts: Berkshire Publishing Group, LLC.
 
Newman, J.; Weber, S.; Bookhart, D. (2009) Institutionalizing campus-wide sustainability: A programmatic approach. Sustainability: Journal of Record. vo.2 no.3.
 
Newman, J.; Rauch, J. (2009). Defining sustainability metric targets in an institutional setting. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. v. 10. n.2., 107 – 116.

Newman, J.; Rauch, J. (2008). Zeroing in on sustainability. Sustainability: Journal of Record. vo. 1. no.6, 387-390.
 
Newman, J. (2008). Reconceptualizing a model for service learning in the context of a sustainable campus. Practical approaches to ethics for colleges and universities. New Directions for Higher Education. No. 142. , 17 – 24.

Book Chapters
 
Newman, J. (2010). Sustainability education. Siever, B. (Ed.). The Spirit of Sustainability Encyclopedia [pp.148-150]. Great Barrington, Massachusetts: Berkshire Publishing Group, LLC.
 
Newman, J. (2007). The impacts of cell phones and laptops in a sustainable world.  Kleiman, S. (Ed).  Displacing Place: Mobile Communication in the 21 st Century. [pp.77-83] New York, New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
 
Newman, J. (2006). The role of a campus sustainability professional in facilitating institutional reform. 147 Tips for Teaching Sustainability [pp.99-102]. Timpson, W. [Ed]. Madison, Wisconsin: Attwood Publishing.
 
Newman, J., Abrams, E. (2005). Organizational structure and rational choice: Unveiling the obstacles to integrating sustainability into decision-making in an institution of higher education. Leal Filho, W.(Ed) Handbook of Sustainability Research. Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang Scientific Publishing.

Edited Volumes
 
Newman, J. (Ed.). (June 2011). Green Education: An A-to-Z Guide. (vol.7). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
 
Newman, J. (Ed). (June, 2011).  Green Ethics and Philosophy: An A-to-Z Guide (vol. 8). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
 
Newman, J. Fernandez, L. (2007).  Strategies for Institutionalizing Sustainability in Higher Education – Report on the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium 3rd Annual Conference. Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Report n.10. New Haven, CT: FES.
Books
 
Newman, J. (2009). Reaching Beyond Compliance: The Challenges of Achieving Campus Sustainability. Germany: VDM Publishing.

Conference Proceedings & Professional Reports
 
Newman, J.  (2005, April). Strategies for integrating sustainability into higher education: A case analysis of Yale University.  United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development – The role of higher education institutions. Graz, Austria.

Newman, J. (2002, August).  What keeps universities from fully embracing sustainability principles?: A presentation of a conceptual framework for research. Conference proceedings of the National Association of Environmental Education.
 
Newman, J. (2001, October).  Consumer choice, sustainability, and a constructivist pedagogy. Conference proceedings of the National Association of Environmental Education.

Informational Articles and Instructional Materials
 
Newman, J. (2003, November). Is eating a moral act?: An exploration from agrarianism to consumerism.  The Center for the Humanities Newsletter. No. 2

Newman, J. ;  Diezel, J. (2001, January) Continuing connections through the curriculum and community.  Connections  Newsletter. Vol.16. No.1

Rebecca Fowler
Rebecca Fowler
Senior Administrative Assistant

Rebecca provides administrative support to all staff members in the Office of Sustainability. She joined the office in March 2016 and acts in the role of office manager, human resources administrator, and event planner. 

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Rebecca has over 5 years of experience as an administrative professional. She recently was named a co-chair for the MIT Working Green Committee, a group that promotes sustainability among staff members. Prior to joining the Office she worked for the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant to three prominent faculty. Rebecca has a M.Sc. In Environmental Social Science from the University of Kent and a B.A. In Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Brian Goldberg
Brian Goldberg
Assistant Director

Brian Goldberg, LEED AP AICP, is an environmental planner who joined MIT in June 2016 to help advance projects in climate, stormwater, land and waste management.

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He brings 15 years experience working with cities, communities, not-for-profits and private developers to optimize environmental and social benefits while mitigating risks.  Brian’s perspectives are drawn from urban and rural projects in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean.  He comes to MIT after a decade at the global engineering, planning and design firm AECOM and was previously working for the United Nations and James Corner Field Operations.  He holds a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University and a B.A. in Political Science from Union College.

Susy Jones
Susy Jones
Senior Sustainability Project Manager

Susy joined MIT to work on campus sustainability in 2013. In her role, she works closely with administrative staff, faculty, students, and community members to integrate sustainability. She worked alongside leaders at the Institute to help develop the strategic framework for the Office during its launch in 2013. She currently works on a range of projects related to mobility, food systems, materials management, student engagement, and outreach.

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Susy has fifteen years of experience building networks to advance healthy, sustainable communities. Before her arrival at MIT, she was a Program Manager at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships in Lexington, Mass., where she worked to advance regional, state, and local energy efficiency policies related to schools, public facilities, and building energy codes. Susy began her career in Philadelphia where she worked to increase nutritious, local food options in Philadelphia neighborhoods, managing the city’s landmark nutrition education program in 70 public schools. She currently sits on the City of Cambridge's Recycling Advisory Committee. Susy has an M.A. in Urban & Environmental Planning & Policy from Tufts University and a B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College.

Steve Lanou
Steven Lanou
Sustainability Project Manager

Steve helped to establish the Office of Sustainability in 2013. Prior to this, Steve was leading campus sustainability efforts as Deputy Director within the Environment, Health and Safety Headquarters Office at MIT since 2005.

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In this new capacity, Steve works to develop, promote, and coordinate MIT-wide policies and programs to advance the Institute’s commitment to sustainable practices, while integrating campus-focused research and learning opportunities with MIT’s faculty, students, and the broader community. Steve serves on a number of advisory and working committees serving the Institute, the Cities of Cambridge and Boston, and his hometown of Winchester. He is an active volunteer with the Cambridge Schools Volunteers where he has mentored 5th and 6th grade students for ten years.

Before joining MIT, Steve worked in a variety of environmental research and planning capacities in management consulting, technical consulting, and non-profit policy research, including the World Resources Institute, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, and Arthur Andersen.

Steve is an environmental planner by training with 20 years experience in environmental policy development and program implementation.  He holds a Bachelors degree in international economic development from Brown University, and a Masters degree in environmental policy and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Nicole Morell
Sustainability Communication Specialist

Nicole joined the office in 2019 with a goal of engaging the campus community in sustainability efforts across MIT. In her role, she works closely with MITOS project managers and staff across the Institute to communicate programs, initiatives, and news in support of MIT’s work in responding to the challenges of a changing planet.

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Nicole will be on leave until June 2022, contact Janna during this time for communications projects. 

With a focus on digital media, Nicole uses a wide range of communication channels to engage and inform the MIT community of the important work of MITOS.

Nicole first joined MIT in 2014 working in communications and marketing in the MIT Alumni Association. There she focused on engaging alumni through social media and sharing stories of their work and volunteerism throughout the globe, reporting on topics from sustainable sanitation systems to commercial crew spacecraft. Outside of MIT, she serves on her local energy and environment committee. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Rhode Island.

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Janna Cohen-Rosenthal
Sustainability Communication Specialist, Temporary

Janna joined the office to support climate change and sustainability communications from January 2022 through June 2022. Janna is experienced in higher education focused sustainability programs. She was the Climate Programs Director at Second Nature, where she worked with a network of campus leaders to advance climate change action.

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Previously, she founded the Campus Sustainability Initiative at Brandeis University, leading carbon neutrality planning and bringing solar energy, local food, and transportation options to campus.

Janna has also worked on community engagement and environmental issues with Green Energy Consumers Alliance, the Conservation Law Foundation Ventures, Franklin Park Coalition, and the City of Boston’s Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Janna is a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program. 

Janna earned an M.B.A in Social Policy & Management and B.A. in Sociology and Environmental Studies from Brandeis University.

MITOS Students

Student Sustainability Researchers

Our students develop meaningful work to advance a sustainable campus at MIT and to build their professional experience in institutional transformation. We hire both undergraduate and graduate students to help shape the future of sustainability at MIT and beyond.

Check out our open postings here.

Meet our current student researchers!
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Katerina Boukin
Climate Action Researcher

Katya is a PhD student at the “Concrete Sustainability Hub” at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her passion lies in structural resiliency of the city scape to flood related natural disasters. Joining MIT office of sustainability in September of 2020 as a climate resiliency modeler and simulator, she is working on developing an improved method to assess, predict and mitigate storm and flood induced hazards. Her research project matches her work at MITOS, combining the projects she is using MIT campus as a test bed in her research work, trying to assess and mitigate natural disaster hazards as well as impacts of climate change on the severity of damages.

In her background she has earned a BSc in structural engineering, from the Technion in Israel, and an SM from MIT focusing on geotechnical engineering, both degrees were helpful to shape up the research path she is taking as well as shaping the holistic view to the challenges of a city in the wake of a changing climate.

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Anushree Chaudhuri
Climate Change Scope 3 Researcher

Anushree is a sophomore double majoring in urban studies and planning with computer science and economics. She's interested in the intersection of environmental policy, economics, data science, and social impact. Anushree joined MITOS in Fall 2021 as a Climate Change Scope 3 Fellow, focusing on data visualization, emissions reduction strategies, and outreach. She hopes to continue incorporating her interests in sustainability and social justice at and beyond her time at MIT.

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Vivian Chinoda
Electric Vehicle Sustainability Researcher

Vivian is a MIT first year student with an intent to major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and minor in Energy Studies. She is passionate about climate action, energy and the intersection of sustainability, technology, and engineering. Vivian joined MITOS to help with light-duty vehicle analysis to help aid MIT's transition to a fully electric vehicle fleet. In her free time, she takes delight in writing and reading. Vivian's social philosophy is “unhu ubuntu” which means “I am because we are.”

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Ippolyti Dellatolas
Climate Action Sustainability Researcher

Ippolyti is a graduate student in the MIT Mechanical Engineering department whose research aims at understanding and preventing the uneven flow that occurs when rain infiltrates hydrophobic soils vertically. Such uneven flow impedes water retention, optimal filtering of chemicals and can trigger catastrophic landslides. Outside of the lab, she is involved in environmental initiatives across the MIT campus, through the MIT Water Club, GSC Sustain and the MIT Office of Sustainability. Having joined MITOS in summer 2021, Ippolyti performs energy modeling and cost-benefit analyses to provide recommendations for emissions reduction in lab spaces at MIT.
 

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Doris Qingyi Duanmu
Electric Vehicle Sustainability Researcher

Doris is an architect and urban designer, originally from Guangzhou, China. She earned her B.Arch degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and before joining MIT, she worked in New York City for several years as an architectural designer specializing in sports and entertainment venue design. Doris is currently a first-year SMArchS Urbanism student and her research interests fall in social, economic, and political discussion in the urban space.   

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David Gottdiener
System Design and Management

David is currently pursuing a master's degree in Engineering and Management. David has professional experience as a business developer working with multidisciplinary teams to successfully deliver electrical infrastructure projects for renewable energy developers,  EPCs, and utilities. More recently, he has been involved in developing decarbonization strategies for industrial manufacturers, including distributed energy systems and energy efficiency projects. 

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Anna Landler
Sustainability Data Analytics Researcher

Anna is a senior at MIT studying systems engineering and computer science. Her interests lie at the intersection of these fields. Specifically, she hoping to use data analytics and machine learning to design better urban systems. She joined MITOS in fall 2021 as a Data Analytics fellow to better understand campus trends and propose metrics/goals for the future.  In her spare time she enjoys running and playing soccer.

 

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Sheng-Hung Lee
Safe and Sustainable Labs Researcher

Sheng-Hung Lee is an MIT AgeLab researcher, MIT xPRO course experience designer, MIT Office of Sustainability fellow, and Vice Chair of Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) Boston Chapter. He is inspired by multiple domains of knowledge, different perspectives, and he thrives on creating new value for clients on multi-disciplinary teams. He is trained as an industrial designer and electrical engineer, and his approach to problem solving is influenced by his passion for how design and technology impact and can be integrated into society. Sheng-Hung joined MITOS in summer 2021.

Lee has been focusing on organizational designs that create systemic impacts. He was invited to be a jury member for multiple international design competitions including IDEA, Spark Design Award, IDA Award, and A’ Design Award and Competition. Lee graduated with a double Bachelor’s degree (Hon.) in Industrial Design and Electrical Engineering from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan. His work has won prestigious awards including IDEA Gold, Braun Prize, Core77 Design Award, Red Dot (Best of the Best), Spark Design Award, European Product Design Award (Gold), and iF Award. His works have also been showcased in Dubai Design Week, Venice Design Week, and the Cooper Hewitt museum. Lee taught product design at Fudan University Shanghai Institute of Visual Art and Detao Masters Academy as an adjunct Associate Professor from 2015 to 2019.

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Danielle Moore
Campus Environmental Justice Researcher

Danielle is a Master in City Planning student at DUSP. Her interests include environmental justice, air and water pollution, and community planning. At MITOS she is working on environmental justice projects involving GIS mapping, climate change, campus planning, and food justice. Before arriving at MIT, she graduated from Williams College with a BA in Environmental Studies. Danielle joined MITOS in summer 2021.

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Pimpakarn Rattanathumawat (Prim)
MIT Climate Resiliency Researcher

Prim is an architect and urban designer, currently pursuing a Master's degree in Architecture Studies with a concentration in Urbanism. She joined the MIT Office of Sustainability in Fall 2021 as a Climate Resiliency Fellow to better support flood mapping, resiliency planning and preparedness for the MIT campus. Her interest lies in the global issues of sustainability, the integration of sustainable development and climate change adaptation in cities. 

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Melissa Stok
Design out Waste Researcher

Melissa is a sophomore at MIT studying materials science and engineering and electrical engineering and computer science. Her interests lie at the intersection of the two areas, and she hopes to work in a sustainability-oriented field. During spring 2021, she began working with MITOS on a project to implement food waste collection in Site 4, a new graduate residence. Now, she is working on waste pilots around campus to increase food waste collection, reduce recycling contamination, and increase the amount of material available for reprocessing. Outside of these activities, she enjoys running, playing soccer, skiing, and cooking.

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Shu-Yang Zhang
Electric Vehicle Sustainability Researcher

Shu Yang is a sophomore studying a double major in Materials Science and Engineering with Finance. She is interested in exploring the finances associated with implementing sustainable materials and initiatives into the lives of everyday people, starting from a local perspective such as MIT. In the past, she has worked in business operations, finance, and sustainable materials research. Shu Yang joined MITOS in IAP 2022 as an Electric Vehicles (EV) Student Researcher to bring an innovative and cost-focused perspective to MIT’s transition to electric fleet vehicles and shuttles by 2026 as part of MIT’s Fast Forward Climate Action Plan. In her spare time, she enjoys eating desserts, reading dystopian novels, and learning to play the guitar.

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Ziyuan Zhu (Zoey)
Circular Design Researcher

Ziyuan Zhu (Zoey) is a designer based in Boston and a candidate for a master in architecture study and computer science. Working in the intersection of design, emerging technology, education, and sustainability, she creates physical and digital objects to reflect and communicate the relationship between humans and the built environment we interact with every day. Her approaches include material analysis, data visualization, web-based platform, installation, and prototyping. She is the recipient of several awards, including IDA, Spark Design, SOM prize, and granted art and research fellows internationally, at Ars Electronica, Technion, University of Stuttgart, Yokohama National University, etc. She was invited to give speeches at International Design Conference (IDC), IDSA, Pratt, IIT, Telkom University, Bandung Biennale, etc. 

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She is the co-founder of the design creative platform MAKE TO:GATHER, in which she explores the possibility of connecting digital and physical creative learning for non-designers. She joined MITOS in 2021 and is currently a circular design fellow focusing on research in utilizing data, technology, and design-driven approach to evoke the creativity of material upcycling among the MIT campus.

Past MITOS Students

Learn about the many fellows that have worked for MITOS over the years.

Scales of Impact

The challenges of sustainability are both local and global. Creating transformative solutions requires deep collaboration among community leaders and members on campus, city and global scales.

It starts with you on campus.

We start with you to find solutions at the campus level to serve both the institution's needs as well as to incubate new and big ideas.

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Faculty Fellows

MITOS Faculty Fellows

Our team works collaboratively with several faculty and researchers at MIT. Their work directly supports the many campus sustainability projects we focus on.

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Jeremy Gregory
Faculty Fellow

Jeremy Gregory is a research scientist in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Executive Director of the Concrete Sustainability Hub at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He studies the economic and environmental implications of engineering and system design decisions, particularly in the area of materials production and recovery systems.  

Gregory's research topics include product and firm environmental footprinting, manufacturing and life cycle cost analysis, and characterization of sustainable material systems. Jeremy has applied these methods, often with industry partners, to a range of different products and industries including pavements, buildings, automobiles, electronics, consumer goods, and waste treatment and recovery.  He received his PhD and MS from MIT and BS from Montana State University-Bozeman, all in mechanical engineering.

As a MITOS Faculty Fellow, Gregory is leading an effort to quantify MIT’s Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions, which encompasses activities including MIT’s purchased goods and services, capital equipment, building construction, business travel, employee commuting, and waste. He is also involved in efforts to quantify the potential for emissions reductions from actions such as improving building energy efficiency through machine learning algorithms, reducing contamination in the recycling stream through behavioral science-informed interventions, and lowering air travel emissions through carbon offsets.

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Kenneth Strzepek
Faculty Fellow

Kenneth Strzepek has spent 30 years as a researcher and practitioner at the nexus of engineering, environmental and economics systems, primarily related to water resource planning and management, river basin planning, and modeling of agricultural, environmental, and water resources systems. His work includes applications of operations research, engineering economics, micro-economics and environmental economics to a broad range applications: from project scale to national and global investment policy studies.

Strzepek has worked for a range of national governments as well as the United Nations, the World Bank, the USAID. He is Professor Emeritus of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and recently a Visiting Professor of Economics and Affiliated Professor in College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute as well as an International Fellow at the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy for Africa and Examiner in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has been an contributing author to the Second IPCC assessement, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the World Water Vision, and the UN World Water Development Report. He is currently the USAID Scientific Liaison Office on Water and Climate Change to the CGIAR. Prof. Strzepek has a PhD in Water Resources Systems Analysis from MIT, an MA in Economics from the University of Colorado and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Jobs

Join our dynamic team

Join our team of creative individuals working towards a more sustainable MIT. As our role on campus continues to grow and evolve, we'll post both full-time and student fellowship positions to meet our goals.

Full-time Staff Positions

The MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) is currently hiring two full-time staff positions, see below for descriptions. 


Post-doc Positions

The MIT Office of Sustainability with the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium is hiring a Postdoctoral Associate, see below for descriptions.


Student Positions

Summer 2022
The MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) is currently seeking student applicants for  2 full-time, hourly paid Sustainability Researchers for Summer 2022, see below for descriptions. 

Academic Year 2022-2023
Stay in touch and check back in for Academic Year 2022-2023 Opportunities.

Full Time Staff
Sustainability Project Manager: Climate and Sustainability Action Planning

The Office of Sustainability (MITOS) seeks to transform MIT into a powerful model—that generates just, equitable, and scalable solutions for responding to the unprecedented challenges of a changing planet. To achieve our mission, we seek to advance a collaborative process that engages and elevates a diverse set of voices to foster operational excellence, education, research, and innovation on our campus.

As outlined in Fast Forward: MIT’s Climate Action Plan for the Decade, MIT recognizes that the world will not solve the climate problem without solving the intertwined problems of equity and economic transition.  This role needs to advance inclusive processes that recognize that the most innovative solutions will be informed by a diversity of perspectives, populations, and functions, including those that have been historically marginalized. 

Position Overview:

The Sustainability Project Manager will be responsible for advancing the campus impact goals and commitments outlined in MIT’s Fast Forward: Plan for Climate Action for the Decade. MIT has committed to becoming Net Zero by 2026 and achieving zero direct emissions by 2050. This position will be responsible for the design and development of the school and departmental level Sustainability and Climate Action Plans called for by this plan to advance these institutional level commitments.

This is a multi-faceted position that will provide leadership and implementation strategies developed via a co-creation, collaborative solution design process – working with students, staff and faculty across MIT Departments, Labs, and Centers.  The Sustainability Project Manager will lead the development and implementation of related data management, strategic planning, and analysis needed to develop the departmental level Sustainability and Climate Action plans.  Additionally, the Project Manager will be responsible for leveraging the campus as a test bed to inform climate and sustainability actions as outlined in the Fast Forward Plan as a component of their strategy.  

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):  

Lead, manage and ensure the success of the co-creation and implementation of the design and development of the school and departmental level Sustainability and Climate Action Plans called for by the Fast Forward plan. Ensure that the co-creation and implementation process is informed via the voices of stakeholders that represent diverse cultural backgrounds and perspectives. Seek to identify performance metrics and support the data collection process as needed to ensure that the climate and sustainability work across departments, labs and centers at MIT is measurable and impactful.

Specific Functions:

  1. Partner with relevant departments, to inform the development and implementation of school/departmental level strategies.

  2. Seek to identify performance metrics and support the data collection process as needed to inform the development of the Sustainability and Climate Action plans across MIT.

  3. Foster collaboration between departments and student groups to ensure that the student voice is heard and integrated into the plan development and implementation strategies.

  4. Create a robust and culturally aware capacity building process that exposes MIT staff from a variety of backgrounds to cutting edge innovative strategies that inform their School/Departmental level Sustainability and Climate Action Plan.

  5. Co-author the Climate and Sustainability action plans for each department/school.

  6. Represent MITOS on project teams managed by VP Campus Services and Stewardship and/or the MIT Office of Sustainability on climate mitigation and resiliency committees.

  7. Support students and faculty in academic and research-related issues that leverage the campus as a test bed to design and develop new localized climate action and sustainability strategies.

  8. Represent MITOS on related MIT/City of Cambridge committees as determined by Director.

  9. Represent MITOS as a thought leader in events and forums in and outside of MIT by providing public presentations to targeted and general audiences.

  10. Work closely and collaboratively with other sustainability project managers to develop a shared strategy and to execute joint projects that advance the mission of the office.

Supervision Received:

This position will report directly to the Director of the Office of Sustainability. 

Supervision Exercised:

This position will be expected to hire and manage one to two student research assistants per academic year and summer.

Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree (Masters preferred) in a related field or equivalent training commensurate with a Master’s degree and years of professional experience.

  2. Minimum 5 years of related experience.

  3. Demonstrated experience in sustainability programs in universities (or similar institutions), particularly in project management, community engagement, performance analysis, communications development, and website content management. 

  4. Must be familiar with issues pertaining to energy and related emissions, building design and construction, waste, water, land and transportation.  

  5. Demonstrated commitment to the values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion within the climate and sustainability field

  6. Demonstrated impact working on and integrating racial, economic, and climate justice initiatives

  7. Demonstrated self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds and serving the needs of diverse populations.

  8. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills including strong public speaking.

  9. Familiarity with applied sustainability research and advanced understanding of energy, environmental and sustainability issues.

  10. Ability to work with and analyze data to inform the development of the Sustainability and Climate Actions plans at MIT. 

  11. Demonstrated evidence as a team player.

  12. Proficiency with using software such as MS Word, MS powerpoint and basic spread sheet tools like Microsoft excel. 

All applications need to go through MIT Careers website

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Downloadable Job Description

Sustainability Project Manager: Design out Waste

The Office of Sustainability (MITOS) seeks to transform MIT into a powerful model—that generates just, equitable, and scalable solutions for responding to the unprecedented challenges of a changing planet. To achieve our mission, we seek to advance a collaborative process that engages and elevates a diverse set of voices to foster operational excellence, education, research, and innovation on our campus.

As outlined in Fast Forward: MIT’s Climate Action Plan for the Decade, MIT recognizes that the world will not solve the climate problem without solving the intertwined problems of equity and economic transition.  This role needs to advance inclusive processes that recognize that the most innovative solutions will be informed by a diversity of perspectives, populations, and functions, including those that have been historically marginalized. 

Position Overview:

The Sustainability Project Manager will advance the goals and commitments outlined in MIT’s Fast Forward: Plan for Climate Action for the Decade.  This position will be responsible for designing, developing and executing programs that design out waste across material life-cycles: including design, production and procurement process through acquisition, use, re-use and waste disposal.

This is a multi-faceted position that will provide leadership and implementation strategies developed through a collaborative design process – working with a diverse set of students, staff and faculty across MIT Departments, Labs, Centers, and Residential Dorms.  The Sustainability Project Manager will lead the development and implementation of related data management, strategic planning, analysis, and collaborative relationships as well as seek to leverage the campus as a test bed to inform implementation of waste impact goals as outlined in the Fast Forward Plan.  

Success in this role will be demonstrated through catalyzing measurable campus impacts across MIT Departments, Labs, Centers, and Dorms, which include wide-spread adoption, scaling and replication of sustainable materials management strategies as well as collaborations that execute programs demonstrating waste diversion and reduction.
 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):  

Catalyze, lead, manage and facilitate collaborative processes to ensure successful implementation of campus-based programs, plans and processes for designing out waste from MIT.  

Specific functions:

  1. Ensure alignment with MIT values and commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion and sustainability; including procurement and sourcing activities; campus disposal behaviors; and material production and processing beyond campus.

  2. Provide strategic leadership and implementation of campus-based waste pilots to inform replicable and scale-able campus standards for centralized waste collection (food waste, recycling and trash) in dorms, offices, labs and other academic buildings.   This requires collaboration and understanding of operational processes with partners including Office of Custodial Services, Residential Life, Office of Materials and Recycling and Campus Services as well as engagement with students through collaborations including Waste Watchers, UA Sustain, GSC and Student Sustainability Consortium. 

  3. Design, develop and implement, with partners, initiatives that drive MIT achievement of Fast Forward impact goals related to waste.

  4. Monitor, track and report related Fast Forward impact goal performance, working closely with operational and data partners. Seek to identify additional performance metrics and support the data collection process as needed to support the work across departments, labs and centers at MIT.

  5. Partner with the Department of Facilities in efforts to manage MIT’s waste hauling vendors, driving data-driven sustainability performance throughout waste operations that aligns and supports MIT’s Fast Forward commitments for reduction of waste.

  6. Partner with MIT Environmental Health and Safety and lead when necessary to inform the Safe and Sustainable Labs initiative with a focus on testing and standardizing efforts to design out waste from labs by leveraging MIT re-use tools (i.e. Rheaply), sustainable procurement, expanding lab recycling programs and implementing enhanced waste education and collection methods.

  7. Partner with Systems Performance & Turnover, Campus Services and Capital Construction groups to ensure that materials management considerations and standards are documented, updated, tracked and implemented for major renovation and new construction projects. 

  8. Lead and collaborate in efforts to design and implement design out waste strategies associated with department, building-level and dorm or lab-level Sustainability and Climate Action Plans. 

  9. Catalyze and drive development of sustainable procurement goals, guidelines, policies, programs and metrics in partnership with centralized campus and departmental functions for sourcing, contracting and procurement of goods and services, including VP for Finance (i.e. “Purchase with Purpose”) and VP Campus Services and Stewardship.

  10. Create a robust and culturally aware capacity building process that exposes MIT staff from a variety of backgrounds to cutting edge innovative strategies from peer institutions and the private sector to inform departmental level design out waste planning.

  11. Seek support, expertise and engagement from faculty, industry and government practitioners at City, State, National and International scales, to enhance and improve efforts to design out waste.

  12. Support students and faculty in academic and research-related issues that leverage the campus as a test bed for designing out waste and facilitate the integration of sustainability into the student experience.

  13. Represent MITOS on project teams managed by VP Campus Services and Stewardship and/or the MIT Office of Sustainability.  

  14. Represent MITOS on related MIT/City of Cambridge committees as directed.

  15. Represent MITOS as a thought leader in events and forums inside and outside of MIT by providing public presentations to targeted and general audiences. (i.e. vendors, sustainable business development organizations, peer organizations like SPLC and Ivy+).

  16. Represent MITOS as a thought leader in events and forums in and outside of MIT.

  17. Work closely and collaboratively with other sustainability project managers to develop a shared strategy and to execute joint projects that advance the mission of the office.

Supervision Received:

This position will report directly to the Assistant Director in the Office of Sustainability. 

Supervision Exercised:

This position will be expected to hire and manage one to two student research assistants per academic year and summer.

Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in a related field or equivalent training commensurate with a Master’s degree and years of professional experience.

  2. Minimum 5 years of related experience.

  3. Demonstrated experience in sustainability programs in universities (or similar institutions), particularly in project management, community engagement, performance analysis, communications development, and website content management. Must be familiar with issues pertaining to waste and related impacts, building operations, design and construction.  

  4. Demonstrated commitment to the values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion within the climate and sustainability field.

  5. Demonstrated impact working on and integrating racial, economic, and climate justice initiatives.

  6. Demonstrated self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds and serving the needs of diverse populations.

  7. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills including strong public speaking.

  8. Familiarity with applied sustainability research and advanced understanding of waste, environmental and sustainability issues.

  9. Ability to work with and analyze data to inform the monitoring and reporting of waste goals and development of programs and plans. 

  10. Demonstrated evidence as a team player.

  11. Proficiency with using software such as MS Word, MS powerpoint and basic spread sheet tools like Microsoft excel. 

All applications need to go through MIT Careers website

Salary Grade 10

Downloadable Job Description

Postdoctoral Associate
Carbon Neutrality Postdoctoral Associate

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium (MCSC) and MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS), to conduct research on how organizations achieve near and long-term carbon neutrality leveraging a wide range of strategies.  Will be responsible for studying, modeling, and analyzing pathways to a net-zero future with a specific focus on MIT and MCSC member companies.  Research will leverage and inform climate plans and commitments from these entities and use them as a testbed for verifying and evaluating potential strategies.  The unique positioning of this postdoc will enable access to data from the primary organizations in an effort to inform and accelerate understanding of how to determine and optimize net-zero pathways.  In this context, the researcher will explore and understand the implications of the net-zero trajectory of the grid in which the organizations are based and determine how that influences the organizational level strategy.  Will also explore and research the role of carbon offsets to determine how best to leverage this mechanism for reduction offsite in the near-term.  Activities will include reviewing existing literature and standards, collecting data on greenhouse gas emissions of activities, developing analytic tools, writing case studies on pathways to net-zero, and sharing results with the MIT and MCSC communities.  

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  Ph.D., preferably in an engineering or scientific discipline, and demonstrated ability to effectively communicate research results in the form of juried research journal articles and oral presentations. PREFERRED:  expertise in greenhouse gas accounting, probabilistic modeling, and data science; background in climate policy and planning; experience working within large research and/or corporate organizations across disciplines.  Job #20823

Travel to visit industry and implementation partners and present research at conferences will be required.

 

Submit applications through MIT Careers Page

Student Positions
Student Researcher Position Description

MITOS Student Sustainability Researchers

MITOS is currently seeking applicants for 2 full time summer Student Sustainability Researcher positions- see position descriptions below and choose 1 position to apply for. 

General Job description:

Join a dynamic, collaborative office that is developing MIT’s next generation vision of campus sustainability. Read below for descriptions of each position and an overview of the details and qualifications.


Details (for all positions):

  • Hours: Full-Time: 35 hours/week -- 10 weeks, June-August

  • Pay Range: $17-$20/hour

  • Open to: Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students: Current MIT students only.


Qualifications (for all positions):

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in sustainability issues as they relate to urban and/or campus sustainability as well as a desire to impact the future of MIT and sustainability in higher education and beyond

  • Excellent written, visual and oral communication skills, including presentation of complex data

  • Strong quantitative data collection, management, and analysis, including proficiency in Excel

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Self-motivation and an eagerness to learn

  • Demonstrated coursework in water, land, energy, materials, food systems, and/or building-related topics within the Departments of Architecture, Urban Studies and Planning, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar


To apply:

Send a resume and cover letter to mitosjobs@mit.edu with the name of the position in the subject line.

See below for any current openings and descriptions of each position and associated qualifications.

Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Analyst

Student Sustainability Researcher Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Analyst

MIT’s bold climate action plan commits the Institute to track and report greenhouse gases (GHGs) generated from activities including Institute-sponsored travel, waste and consumption of purchased goods and capital construction.  These building block steps will be key for enabling the MIT campus and community to mitigate its contributions of Scope 3 GHGs over the coming years.

The MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) is activating the campus as a test bed to gather a preliminary picture of MIT’s Scope 3 GHG emissions.  Scope 3 (using the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol for Corporate Value Chain as guidance) includes emissions from travel, waste, commuting, food, purchased goods, capital construction and other categories that are not yet captured in MIT’s GHG inventory which measures scope 1 (direct) and 2 (indirect emissions from purchased electricity).     
 

MITOS seeks a student researcher who will help build out MIT’s Scope 3 data platform by teaming with MIT researcher scientists, data engineering and analysis staff, and project managers using real data on MIT operations to drive MIT GHG emissions reductions.  Potential projects for the student to complete by the end of the summer include:

  1. Finish the phase 1 build-out of the public-facing MIT Travel Impact Dashboard

  2. Develop public-facing dashboard for reporting GHG impacts from campus waste and capital goods

  3. Develop public-facing dashboard for reporting GHG impacts from campus food (pending data availability)

The position provides an opportunity to build a student’s skills in a variety of technical and non-technical areas, including research, project management, writing, data organization, and data visualization. Key tasks will include:

  1. Conduct research on methods and benchmarks for quantifying Scope 3 impacts

  2. Develop Python programming routines for data intake, management, analysis and reporting needs

  3. Develop public-facing dashboard that communicates campus Scope 3 footprint

  4. Document processes

 

Qualifications

  • Self-motivation and an eagerness to learn;
  • Intermediate to advanced experience developing in Python and Tableau
  • Willingness to learn and enhance skillsets for real-world applications
  • Experience with data analysis and synthesis of findings into visualizations
  • Strong communication skills and comfort working with diverse stakeholders;
  • Interest in improving campus sustainability;
  • Willingness to take ownership of work;
  • Ability to work independently to problem-solve analytics tasks
Sustainable Building Materials

Sustainable Building Materials Student Researcher

The Sustainable Building Materials Student Researcher will work in partnership with the MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) and the Systems Performance and Turnover group  to review, analyze and inform the selection and use of existing sustainable materials currently integrated into campus projects and potential materials for future use.  Additionally, this position will establish an embodied carbon analysis of select materials to inform future choices.

This position will be organized around four primary responsibilities:

  • Cataloging current sustainable materials and specs used in MIT capital projects 

  • Researching and documenting key metrics, certifications standards associated with healthy, low-emitting and low embodied carbon materials and material subgroups. 

  • Developing outreach materials to support selection of sustainable materials

  • Researching alternative sustainable materials or practices that meet MIT criteria and advance sustainable material selection 

The Researcher will have access to the internal data needed to inform this analysis.

Duties will include:

  • Engage with MIT staff responsible for sustainable material selection in capital construction and small projects; 
  • Develop outreach materials to support material selection 
  • Healthy and low-emitting materials: 
    • Identify and research key metrics and standards for materials subgroups, starting with interior finishes, such as flooring, ceilings, adhesives, etc. 
    • Compile a database for healthy materials already used in MIT buildings
    • Review existing standards in relation to identified metrics and standards 
    • Support the development of updated standards 
  • Embodied Carbon:
    • Leverage EC3 and other industry based tools to develop benchmarks and metrics for different material categories, with an initial focus on structure
    • Develop embodied carbon benchmarks and target metrics for key material categories 
  • Evaluate existing standards for materials and identify potential material alternatives that meet MIT criteria identified above

Qualifications:

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in material life cycle analysis;
  • Background in in architecture, material systems, and sustainability;
  • Excellent written, visual and oral communication skills, including presentation of complex data for MIT students, staff and faculty
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated coursework in environmental policy, business, materials, waste, procurement and/or related topics.
  • Experience with analytics and information organization

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Phone: (617) 715-4060

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