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 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.

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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. 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.

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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.

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 Research Fellow

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 Fellow

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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Ippolyti Dellatolas
Student Sustainability Researcher: Climate Action

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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Anna Landler
Data Analytics Fellow

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 Fellow

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 Fellow

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 Fellow

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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Eva Then
Climate Resiliency Fellow

Eva Then is a MIT senior studying Urban Science and Planning with Computer Science. She joined the MIT Office of Sustainability in summer 2021 as a Climate Resiliency Fellow to help address the impact of climate change on campus including flooding, extreme precipitation, rising sea levels, and heat events. She is interested in using her skills as an urbanist and technologist to craft solutions for complex environmental issues. In her free time, she enjoys surfing, skiing, and listening to podcasts.

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Ziyuan Zhu
Sustainability Communication Design Fellow

Ziyuan is a designer and an Architecture & Urbanism master student with a dual major in computer science. Passionated about participatory data-driven design and environmental communication design, she joined MIT Office of Sustainability in summer 2021 as the Sustainability Communication Design Fellow to help create a better interactive visual system and design the new way of engage the MIT community into sustainable future discussion. Besides working at MITOS, Ziyuan co-found with her friend the open-source design workshop platform, Make To:Gather, where she devotes her passion to "make ideas impactful to gather a better future".

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.

you, campus, city, globe

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 Positions

The MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) is currently hiring for one full time staff position. Apply through MIT Careers Page.


 

Sustainability Data Analyst

The MIT Office of Sustainability seeks strong candidates for the position of Sustainability Data Analyst.  The Office was established in 2013 and has set out to transform the campus into a powerful model that generates new and proven ways of responding to the unprecedented challenges of a changing planet. 

The candidate must be able to continue to position MIT on the cutting edge of sustainability analytics - from data access and collection to interpretation and application. This position will be managed by the Director of the Office of Sustainability and work collaboratively with the administrative and academic units across the Institute. The position will also work in partnership with the Project Management team of the Office of Sustainability and with members of the VP Campus Services and Stewardship team.

The Sustainability Data Analyst is responsible for providing analytical and tactical support for all sustainability projects with data-related needs and for setting an overall strategy for the collection, analysis, management, and communication of data and metrics.  The initial priority area of focus for this position will be organized around the Fast Forward: MIT’s Climate Action Plan for the Decade.

This individual will curate and organize data from multiple sources and upload for access on the Sustainability Data Pool. 

Data Management and Analytical Expertise

  1. Source, centralize, analyze, and ensure the quality and integrity of data across campus sustainability topic areas [e.g. energy, water, materials, food, transportation, waste etc].

  2. Ingest data from external sources and from within the ecosystem of MIT systems, and integrated into the central campus sustainability data repository – Sustainability Data Pool. 

  3. Effectively integrate and prepare large, varied datasets, architect specialized database and computing environments, and communicate results.

  4. When appropriate, model data to enhance data quality, impute missing values, detect anomalies, identify important relationships, and/or generate predictions and forecasts

  5. Determine when statistical learning techniques (machine learning) can be applied and where they would add value. Execute these techniques and clearly communicate limitations to stakeholders.

  6. Develop and automate meaningful sustainability metrics.

  7. Generate automated reports and communications necessary for city compliance, stakeholder transparency, operational performance, and decision-making. Reports include, but are not limited to supporting MIT’s greenhouse gas inventory, ACCESS MIT, and waste management.

  8. Support the communication of analytical findings in the appropriate mediums and level of detail for MIT leadership, department management, institutional partners, the MIT community, and the broader public. Communications may include, but are not limited to, an annual sustainability performance report, web-based dashboards, charts or infographics. 

  9. Engage with the MIT research community to use the campus as a testbed for sustainability innovation. Develop and manage a web platform that provides the MIT community with self-service access to rich sustainability campus visuals and datasets.

  10. Manage and mentor one or two student data analytics fellows each year.

  11. Provide flexible support to other team members on an as-needed basis.

REQUIREMENTS:  

  • Bachelor’s degree from 4-year College or University in Computer Science/Engineering/ /Business/Math/Policy or related field is required, Master’s degree preferred

  • Five years related work experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge of traditional relational databases (SQL), big data technologies (Hadoop, Spark), and computer programming experience (e.g. experience with APIs).

  • At least 5 years of experience with an open-source data science programming language, R 

  • At least 3 years of experience with Tableau or other data visualization software.

  • Strong data visualization skills  

  • Strong project management skills required including the ability to lead a project team, manage student fellows, prioritize tasks and provide mentoring as needed

Preferred

  • Big data experience (Spark, hive, Hadoop) a plus

  • Experience working with Energy and/or Sustainability Metrics preferred 

  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively with others and function well as part of a team

  • Experience working in higher education a plus

MITOS Student Sustainability Researchers

The MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) is currently seeking student applicants for 1 part-time, hourly paid Sustainability Researchers for Academic Year 2021-2022. 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: Part-time: 10 hours/week -- 10 weeks, September - May

  • 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 descriptions of each positions and associated qualifications.


Electric Vehicle Student Sustainability Researcher

The Electric Vehicle Student Sustainability Researcher will work with the MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) and partner offices to help analyze and inform MIT’s recent commitments outlined in Fast Forward MIT EV Fleet and Infrastructure commitments. These commitments are framed below:
 

  • All future MIT fleet purchases of light-duty vehicles will be zero emission, subject to availability.

  • Convert shuttle bus vehicles to zero-emission buses by 2026.

  • Increase campus car-charging stations by a minimum of 200% (from 120 to 360) by 2026

This position will design and implement a fleet management analysis that seeks to inform MIT’s transition to an EV future. The student will review the current fleet owned and managed by MIT and design an analysis that takes consideration of all factors of a transition from fossil fuel cars to EV fleet – and inform the necessary infrastructure needed to uphold this commitment in the near and long term. The Researcher will sit on the EV workstream team and work directly with the administrative and operational staff to problem solve this opportunity. The Researcher will have access to the internal data needed to inform this analysis.

Duties will include:

  • Engage with MIT staff overseeing fleet management, procurement and maintenance;

  • Develop frameworks for pilot activities that can test implementation of prioritized strategies;

  • Create synthesized presentations of proposed activities for the MIT community

Qualifications:

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in climate change, 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 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

Contact Us

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We look forward to hearing from you. Send us your comments, questions, and ideas for creating a more sustainable MIT.


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General Office Contact:

Email: sustainableMIT@mit.edu
Phone: (617) 715-4060

Office Location:

Building E38, 3rd Floor, Suite 346
292 Main Street
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02142

Mailing Address:

Office of Sustainability
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, E38-346
Cambridge, MA 02139

 

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