Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainability

March 09, 2021,
11:00am - 1:00pm

MIT ILP WEBINAR: A broad overview of sustainability at MIT, including a talk by Sergey Paltsev on the Joint Program


Here at MIT, sustainability can mean many things. New materials for everything from electronics to infrastructure which are both functional and kind to the environment. “Green” government and corporate policies which regulate energy and greenhouse gas production. Innovative urban planning for a city of the future which is efficient, but also accessible and abundant. Whether stated in economic, environmental, social, or technological terms, sustainability is the capacity to endure – to consume, grow, and thrive – but not to be consumed and perish in the process. Join us for this two-part webinar series which explores how MIT and its community of researchers and corporate members are leading the way in sustainability research.

Part 1: Sustainability Research at MIT

This webcast is a broad overview of sustainability research at MIT. Fields include: materials science, energy, recycling, economic policy, urban planning.

This webcast will be followed by an Interactive Discussion for ILP Members-only webinar on March 11.


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Welcome and Introduction

Corey Cheng

Program Director, MIT Corporate Relations

Irina Sigalovsky

Program Director, MIT Corporate Relations

Eduardo Garrido

Program Director
MIT Corporate Relations Industrial Liaison Program

Materials Recovery, Recycling, and Materials Extraction

Elsa Olivetti

Thomas Lord Career Development Assistant Professor in Materials Science Engineering
MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The Joint Program on Science and Policy of Global Change: Advancing a Sustainable World through Interconnected Global and Regional Systems

Sergey Paltsev

Deputy Director, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
Senior Research Scientist, MIT Energy Initiative and MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR)
Director, Energy at Scale Center

When to Embrace Sustainability in a Business (and When Not To)

Yossi Sheffi

Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT
Director, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (MIT CTL)
Professor, MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor, MIT Institute of Data Science and Society

The MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI)

John Fernández

Professor of Architecture, Building Technology and Engineering Systems
Head, Building Technology (Architecture)
Director, MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative
Director, Urban Metabolism Group
Director, Emergent Materials Group
Co-Director, International Design Center (Singapore University of Technology and Design)
MIT Department of Architecture

MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative

Jason Jay

Senior Lecturer, Sustainability
Director, Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan
MIT Sloan School of Management