MIT is aligning its capabilities to lead and mobilize the effort to understand and address these challenges. Our cross-disciplinary initiatives and research activities around energy, the environment, and water and food start at home, with the development of a more sustainable campus, and extend to all corners of the world. Our talented faculty and students forge solutions with sweeping positive consequence and MIT is poised to lead in ensuring a healthy future for our planet and for humankind.
“Fostering Sustainable Consumption” will chart the progress that US cities have made towards sustainable consumption and examine the many barriers they have encountered. Funded in 2015 by a seed grant from MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative, the research will analyze best practices in 285 US cities and counties.
This January, MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative and Climate CoLab hosted an all-day brainstorming event—a “Hackathon for Climate.” Thirty-five students, faculty, staff, and alumni came together to craft collaborative solutions to limit carbon emissions and combat climate change.
In order to provide for future energy needs without further jeopardizing the health of the planet, academia, industry, and policy makers need to transform the global energy system so that it emits far less carbon. MIT will advance that effort with the creation of eight Low-Carbon Energy Centers.
How can policy makers achieve a balance that will sustain the environment, drive the economy, and still meet global energy needs? The Center for Energy and Environment Policy Research at MIT Sloan promotes rigorous and objective empirical research on issues related to energy and environmental policy.
Water and Food
Professor Michael S. Strano is developing an integrated platform that can identify a wide range of bacteria, heavy metals, and allergens in what we eat and drink. Strano’s project is being funded by the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) as part of its J-WAFS Solutions grant program, which facilitates the commercialization of MIT technologies in water and food.
In order to predict future water availability and crop success, researchers need to evaluate not just average changes but also the risk of extremes. Susan Solomon and Kenneth Strzepek ’75, SM ’77, PhD ’80 are principal investigators on a project to apply a broad range of 21st-century climate models throughout several parts of Africa.