IMPORTANT WEATHER-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: SUSTAINABILITY CONNECT POSTPONED
In consideration of the safety of panelists and participants who have expressed concern about commuting to campus during tomorrow's storm, we will postpone SustainabilityConnect until MONDAY, MARCH 2ND, in the hope that we can preserve the strong collaborative intent of the event. Stay tuned for a revided Agenda!
The MIT Office of Sustainability will be hosting SustainabilityConnect 2015—an event that will bring together over 100 members of the MIT community to work together to invent new possibilities for a sustainable campus. The event is scheduled for February 9th, and will start by remarks by Israel Ruiz, MIT’s Executive Vice President & Treasurer, and Julie Newman, the Director of MIT’s Office of Sustainability. Their remarks will touch upon the ways MIT is working to invent the future of sustainability on campus.
The event will feature a series of short innovative talks by some of MIT’s leading scientists, whose are directly involved in research that tackles issues related to sustainability. The talks will address how MIT is best positioned to frame its future and act as a game changing force for campus sustainability in the 21st century. Amongst the speakers are Dr. Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Earth, Atmospheric, & Planetary Sciences, and a member of MIT’s Climate Conversation Committee, and Dr. Susan Solomon, Founding Director of the MIT Environmental Initiative and Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry & Climate Science. The talks will be moderated by Frank O’Sullivan, Director of Research & Analysis, at MITEI.
SustainabilityConnect 2015 will also include two working sessions. The first will deal more exclusively on designing tomorrow’s campus, and will address resiliency, vulnerability, and adaptation on campus. The session will be moderated by Bina Venkataraman, MIT Broad Institute and former Senior Advisor for Climate Change Innovation at Executive Office of the US President, Obama Administration.
The second working session will tackle MIT’s role in advancing the conversation and action on sustainability within the city of Cambridge. A key session of the event will zone in on understanding the risks and assessing community preparedness in Cambridge. This session will be led by Lisa Dickson, Vice President of Sustainability; and Nathalie Beauvais, Project Manager/Lead climate change projects from Kleinfelder Associates. Kleinfelder is developing a comprehensive climate change vulnerability assessment for the City of Cambridge.
The working sessions will be kicked off by remarks by Tony Sharon, MIT Deputy Executive Vice President, on creating game changing plans for MIT through campus renewal as an opportunity to advance sustainability on campus.
To prepare for the event, you can access all of the important information, latest agenda, speaker bios here.