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Welcoming Remarks: Director, Julie Newman


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SustainabilityConnect, March 2, 2015

Welcoming Remarks: Director of Sustainability, Julie Newman

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Welcoming Remarks: Director, Julie Newman

  1. 1. M a r c h 2 , 2 0 1 5 1 J u l i e N e wm a n , D i r e c t o r – O p e n i n g R e m a r k s
  2. 2. 2 Where are we going?
  3. 3. We aim to transform. To create a new, powerful model for what innovation in sustainability looks like. 3
  4. 4. One that generates a new path forward. Responding to the unprecedented challenges of a changing planet, and educational landscape. 4
  5. 5. Our innovation can be created, but it must also be proven. 5
  6. 6. MIT can pioneer the way forward. Creating new metrics and standards in building performance, education, research, and systems thinking. 6
  7. 7. Sustainability Working Group Process Current Conditions Where are we today? Are we on track to meet our goals and objectives? What is our vision for a sustainable MIT? Assess Best Practices From industry, higher education, and policy and topical experts Study Inspiration From outside our traditional areas of knowledge, across systems and disciplines, and from cutting edge research, knowledge, and ideas Seek New Ways of Doing Best practices, policy, and process changes to the way we work, how we do business, create, build, and run our campus. Implement Recommendations Working Groups and committees recommend action and process for moving towards sustainability Draft Across Ideas & Groups Bring new thinking, best practices, and potential paths forward together across institute departments in order to craft a vision together for the best path forward Connect
  8. 8. 12 Envisioning the Outcomes Sustainability Working Groups Analysis Standards Plans Data New Tools New plans, tools and processes will allow us to simplify and streamline projects and planning, for more sustainable and effective decisions across campus. It will enable us to create better tools for managing our data, and harnessing the potential of integrated information. New Ways to Improve Identify gaps in knowledge improve communication across systems Enable new ways to collect information Measurement & verification
  9. 9. 9 Scaling our impact
  10. 10. 14 Individuals and departments across campus work with Cambridge and Boston to ensure partnerships and alignment Regionally we are both a partner and creator of policy and integrated energy, water, transit, and other service decisions Building Site Region Campus City Materials Nation Nationally MIT has the capacity to inform policy through science and be called on as a model campus for other scaleable solutions Working Across Scale Bringing local solutions to the global scale Global Impact Current work focuses on connecting campus sustainability principles to ensure integrated decisions, clear communication, and systems-based decision making MIT Nano Roofing West Campus Metering Cambridge New England Policy
  11. 11. 15 Sustainability Governance Driving decisions across campus MIT Energy Initiative Office of Sustainability Areas of responsibility MIT Environment Initiative Campus Systems Sustainable design & construction, waste, materials, energy, storm water & land, green labs Living Laboratory Course and research engagement, connection to campus facilities, campus events & engagement Community Collaboration Course and research engagement, connection to campus facilities, campus events & engagement Cambridge Coordinating Committee Executive Advisory Committee Executive VP & Treasurer, Provost, VP of Research, Task Force Chairs, Director of Sustainability Climate Change Conversation 11
  12. 12. 16 Materials & Waste Working Group Sustainability Working Groups Stormwater & Land Working Group Green Labs Working Group Design & Construction Working Group Kendall Sq. Ecodistrict Neighborhood Development Net Zero Cambridge Building Ordinance Cambridge Compact Multi-stakeholder Climate Partnership Climate Protection Action Committee City of Cambridge Transportation & Parking Campus Working Group Design Standards Campus Working Group Staff Green Committee Campus Working Group Cambridge Coordinating Committee Campus Working Group Campus Sustainability Taskforce Climate Change Conversation OFS Coordinated Organizational Committees Cambridge Recycling Committee City of Cambridge Pedestrian & Biking City of Cambridge Net Zero Building Ordinance In progress for FY14-15 12
  13. 13. 13 As the world calls out for answers to questions more complex than ever before, MIT catalyzes change, delivers solutions, and innovates for tomorrow. - MIT Global Vision