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Climate Groups at MIT

Climate change is an immensely complex challenge, and it demands a multifaceted response, from science to technology, design to policy, politics to society. Learn more about the many MIT offices, programs, centers, and initiatives working every day to address climate change.

  • Population growth, climate change, urbanization, and development are bringing unprecedented challenges to meeting the world’s diverse needs for water and food. J-WAFS is an Institute-wide effort to bring MIT’s unique strengths to bear on these problems.

  • The goal of CGCS, an independent center in MIT’s School of Science with a multidisciplinary approach, is to improve the ability to accurately predict changes in the global environment.

  • Since 1977, CEEPR has been a focal point for research on energy and environmental policy at MIT. It promotes rigorous, objective research for improved decision-making in government and the private sector.

  • Climate CoLab is a crowdsourcing platform developed by MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence where people work with experts and each other to create, analyze, and select detailed proposals for what to do about climate change.

  • ClimateX is an experimental digital platform for meaningful engagement between MIT and the world around climate action. Founded by MIT alumni in partnership with the Office of Digital Learning and Office of Communication, ClimateX focuses on learning, connections, and action. 

  • By delving into the history, mechanics, stability, and future trajectory of Earth’s climate, scientists in EAPS study the boundaries and resilience of the entire climate system, revealing the complex interplay between atmosphere, oceans, land, ice, and life.

  • The MIT Energy Initiative is MIT’s hub for energy research, education, and outreach. Its mission is to create low- and no-carbon solutions that will efficiently meet global energy needs while minimizing environmental impacts and mitigating climate change.

  • ESI coordinates and develops interdisciplinary solutions to urgent challenges in environment and sustainability. It aims to harness MIT’s unique culture of collaboration through diverse activities in education, research, and convening.

  • Meeting 21st century climate challenges requires both cutting-edge scientific research and unprecedented policy action. The Joint Program brings the two together by creating an environment where scientists and economists can work side-by-side.

  • The Office of Sustainability works 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 performance, education, research and innovation on campus.

  • The mission of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan is to build a community of innovators for sustainability with MIT students and alumni, faculty and researchers, and allies in business, government, non-profit, and hybrid organizations.

Student and Alumni Organizations

  • The Energy, Environment and Sustainability Network includes alumni volunteers from around the world who want to identify their expertise and share their energy interests with others.

  • The GSC Sustainability Subcommittee cultivates sustainable behaviors and systems in the graduate community and throughout MIT. It collaborates with representatives from the graduate dorms and other sustainability-minded groups at MIT to educate, inform, inspire, and lead changes.

  • The vision of the UA Committee on Sustainability is to be a leading force in sustainability, spread environmental awareness, and inspire community action.

  • The MIT Energy Club is one of the largest student-run organizations at MIT, with over 5,000 members. It brings students, professionals, and policymakers together for fact-based analyses of the most pressing challenges in energy.

  • FFMIT is a student-led group of MIT undergrads, grad students, postdocs, faculty, staff and alumni brought together by shared concerns for the dangers of man-made climate change and by a sense of shared opportunity to rise with the occasion.

  • MITACAL is an alumni-led group committed to MIT’s leadership on climate action.