Get to know the MIT Office of Sustainability
Get to know the MIT Office of Sustainability
Our mission is to transform MIT into a powerful model that generates new and proven ways of responding to the unprecedented challenges of a changing planet via operational excellence, education, research and innovation on our 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.
The MITOS team. Read more about the team here.
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.
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.
Applied Innovation: Pursue new strategies and solutions with tangible, scalable impacts
Collective Intelligence: Work across traditional boundaries and within networks to frame and solve problems
Civic Responsibility: Contribute to the mission of MIT by serving our campus, community, and the world
Systems Thinking: View all stakeholders, resources and challenges as interrelated and mutually dependent
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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, LEED AP AICP, is an environmental planner who joined MIT in June 2016 to help advance projects in climate, stormwater, land and waste management.
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.
Stu joined the office in 2020 and leads in the collection, management, analysis, and visualization of data to support the office’s sustainability programs and initiatives. He works with MITOS staff and partners across the Institute to develop the office’s strategy and capabilities surrounding sustainability-related data.
Stu has a broad professional background that spans information technology, economics, and energy and environmental policy. He began as an engineer and consultant at two software development firms, and then moved into the energy and environment space with roles at the Duke University Energy Initiative and the nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center. Most recently, he worked as a consultant for the think tank Resources for the Future. Stu has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California at San Diego, a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and is working on completing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Susy joined MIT to work on campus sustainability in January 2013. In her role, she works closely with administrative staff, faculty, students, and community members to integrate sustainability into the Institute. 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.
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 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Grace is a Master of Engineering student in the Power Electronics Research Group working to improve the efficiency of a power generation system while also pursuing the Sustainability Certificate from the Sloan School of Management. She joined MITOS to collect, analyze, and report on sustainability metrics for the MIT campus. Before graduate school, Grace graduated from MIT with a BS in Electrical Science and Engineering with a minor in Chinese and was a Submarine Officer in the US Navy.
Darya is a senior double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Political Science, with an interest in applying effective policy initiatives to new sustainability-related technology, both from a hardware and software perspective. At MITOS, she is working on categorizing and calculating MIT's Scope 3 emissions throughout its value chain. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, watersports and playing the violin.
Asia is a senior studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in French and Francophone studies. She joined the MIT Office of Sustainability as the Campus Environmental Justice Fellow to help develop a collective vision around Environmental Justice for MITOS and engage the MIT community in Environmental Justice dialogue. She is interested in exploring the equity dimension of campus sustainability initiatives. Previously, she conducted Environmental Policy research at the Congressional Research Service and plans to continue to advance sustainability and Environmental Justice beyond MIT.
Piero is an undergraduate student from Peru and a Climate Resiliency Fellow at the MIT Office of Sustainability. He is interested in contributing towards a more sustainable world using data analytics and visualizations. Piero joined the MITOS team his freshman year in 2020 as a software engineer to support urban climate resilience. He is helping to create visualization tools for flood risk analyses of campus and research information from stormwater models to support making data-driven decisions. Piero is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering at MIT.
Isy Osubor is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering with a double minor in Literature and Management. She is incredibly passionate about how sustainability practices can tie into our day-to-day choices such as via the clothes we wear, the food we eat, and the places we shop. At the Office of Sustainability, she works on communicating engaging and important content to the MIT community. Outside of MITOS and school, she enjoys kickboxing, dancing salsa, and baking.
Diane Zhang is a sophomore at MIT majoring in Computer Science and Molecular Biology with a Spanish minor on the pre-medicine track. She is working with MITOS to create a data-driven campus sustainability report that captures the Institute’s progress on its sustainability impact areas and to inspire actionable change. She hopes to incorporate environmental awareness in all her engagements and is specifically interested in understanding MIT’s role in creating a sustainable future. Besides her position at MITOS, Diane performs bioinformatics research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard working with metastatic breast cancer data.
Our team works collaboratively with several faculty and researchers at MIT. Their work directly supports the many campus sustainability projects we focus on.
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.
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.
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.
The MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) is currently not hiring for full time staff positions.
The MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) is currently seeking student applicants for 2 part-time, fully remote, hourly paid Sustainability Fellowships for academic year 2020-2021. 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.
Hours: Part time, 10 hours/week, September 2020 through May 2021
Pay Range: $17-$20/hour
Open to: Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students: Current MIT students only
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.
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.
Send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com with the name of the position in the subject line.
See below for descriptions of each positions and associated qualifications.
The MIT Food Waste Strategy Fellow will work with the MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) and partner offices to support MIT’s pilot efforts to design out waste and to reduce waste stream contamination from MIT’s campus. This Fellowship will be directly involved in waste system planning and operations of pilot activities in select locations that 1) design out waste and contamination from MIT trash, recycling and food waste streams; 2) inform the design of food waste collection systems for MIT dorms; and 3) provide communication and education content via MITOS website.
Building upon MIT’s materials management initiative, current pilot activities and peer University efforts, this Fellow will collaborate with Waste Watchers, Office of Recycling and Materials Management and dorm leadership to pilot, help test, and refine actionable strategies and tools including the Draft MIT Waste Management Policy, Draft MIT Sustainable Purchasing Guidance, Rheaply, etc.
Key outcomes of the Fellowship’s efforts will be:
Leadership and coordination of campus-based pilot tests
Synthesis and communication of key data-driven findings and lessons learned that can inform campus-wide scale-ability of waste reduction strategies.
Identification of opportunities for improved design and implementation of campus waste management approaches
Duties will include:
Advise on design and implementation of strategies to design out waste from specific campus pilot locations that include dorms and public campus spaces.
Advise on education and communications strategies for pilot test location(s)
Facilitate data-driven approach to monitor and evaluate pilot test performance
Create synthesized presentations of findings and guidance for the MIT community
We look forward to hearing from you. Send us your comments, questions, and ideas for creating a more sustainable MIT.
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