What is MIT Doing on Climate Change?

Elly Rostoum | MIT Climate Change Blog
January 16, 2015

In September 2014, MIT launched the Climate Change Conversation, which aims to explore and assess the broad range of actions that MIT could take to make a significant and positive contribution to confronting climate change. By focusing widely different minds on the broad challenge of climate change, the campus-wide conversation is guiding the university to choose a path of action to drive real progress on how to solve, engineer, model, teach, innovate and invent solutions to the climate challenge.
The global nature and complexity of the climate challenge we face are uniquely suited for MIT’s strong problem-solving ethos. Even before the launch of the Climate Conversation, several research centers, offices, and departments across the university have been conducting ground-breaking research and engaging in the climate change debate. Here, we invite you to check a few highlights on climate related research and organizations across campus. We will continue to update these resources, so be sure to visit us again!

  • The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change brings policy and science together to advance both frontiers by creating an environment where scientists and economists can work side-by-side. Our researchers explore the interplay between our global environment, economy, and human activities, and the potential impact of policies intended to stabilize these relationships.
  • The MIT Climate CoLab is a project of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence whose goal is to harness the collective intelligence of thousands of people from around the world to address global climate change. This crowdsourcing platform allows individuals to work with experts to create, analyze, and select detailed proposals for what to do with climate change.

  • The MIT Sloan School of Management’s Sustainability Initiative seeks to inspire change by engaging people in open dialogue around sustainability issues. We innovate and collaborate to find social, economic, and environmental solutions to pressing systemic challenges
  • The MIT Energy Institute (MITEI), launched in the fall of 2006, created a new platform for highly focused energy-related activity at MIT. The MITEI program includes research, education, campus energy management and outreach programs that cover all areas of energy supply and demand, security, and environmental impact. 
  • The MIT Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) Department. From the inaccessible depths of the terrestrial interior to the vast reaches of our galaxy, our planet and the natural systems surrounding it provide important clues to the course of our future. At EAPS, we examine the history and interactions of these systems in order to predict future events and states with greater accuracy.
  • The MIT Center for Global Change Science forms a better understanding of earth’s climate while facilitating the prediction of climate change. We are an interdisciplinary bridge spanning the MIT School of Science & the MIT School of Engineering.

  • The MIT Earth System Initiative is a research and educational enterprise that cuts across environmentally-oriented disciplines such as geology, atmospheric science, oceanography, biology, chemistry, and environmental engineering
  • The MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research promotes rigorous and objective empirical research at MIT on issues related to energy and environmental policy to support decision-making by government and industry.