Educating Students for Sustainability in the Workforce

Whatever your future career—whether you plan to devote your working life to climate and the environment, or just want to have a positive impact in your chosen field—sustainability skills and knowledge can help you get ahead in the 21st century workforce. Join the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative and two distinguished speakers to discuss how students can prepare themselves today to bring an environmental perspective to their careers tomorrow.

Bill Weihl is the former "green energy czar" at Google and director of sustainability at Facebook, and today serves as Executive Director of ClimateVoice, a non-profit he founded to mobilize the workforce to push companies to go "all in" on climate. Desiree Plata is a professor of civil engineering at MIT CEE whose work is dedicated to designing novel chemical and material products from the ground up to minimize environmental impacts. Together, they will discuss:

  • how companies in tech, consumer goods, manufacturing and other scientific and engneering fields are incorporating sustainability goals into their employee recruiting
  • the most highly sought-after skills and training for students to pursue
  • effective advocacy for sustainability within the workplace
  • and anything else you want to know about climate, sustainability, and your future career.

This event is concurrent with the MIT Sustainability Midway. Drop in while you're learning about MIT's many sustainability clubs, organizations and centers in Lobby 13.