MCSC Welcomes Dr. Jeremy Gregory as Executive Director

The MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium (MCSC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Jeremy Gregory as its Executive Director. Jeremy will start his new role on June 2, 2021.

Jeremy brings extensive experience in working with industry partners and diverse stakeholders across the Institute. In his most recent role as Executive Director of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub, Jeremy worked directly with industry leaders; drew links between academia, industry, and government; helped define strategy; and coordinated research activities with external collaborators. Jeremy has also served as a Faculty Fellow within MIT’s Office of Sustainability since 2018. In this role, he has collaborated with administration, faculty, staff, and students across campus to conduct analyses to support decisions related to strategies for lowering MIT’s environmental footprint, and advised staff and research fellows. In addition, early in its development, he was the Education Coordinator for the MIT Portugal Program's Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing Focus Area, where he built education and research activities between MIT, three Portuguese universities, and numerous Portuguese companies. Through the Materials Systems Lab, Jeremy also conducted climate and sustainability research aimed at quantifying the economic and environmental implications of engineering and system design decisions in the context of many products, industries, and partners.

The experience Jeremy brings to the MCSC will greatly benefit ongoing efforts to identify meaningful links and synergies between member companies and the MIT community, as well as among member companies themselves. As described in the recently-released Fast Forward: MIT's Climate Action Plan for the Decade, “in fields from aerospace to artificial intelligence, personal devices to packaged foods, MCSC member companies are working with MIT researchers and each other to dramatically speed the creation, testing, and deployment of practical climate solutions within their production processes, supply chains, and service models.” Jeremy will continue to build upon his existing work with the Office of Sustainability so that the consortium can support the Institute’s commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2026, also stated in the Climate Action Plan. His background will also provide critical insight into how to best grow the activities surrounding the inaugural cohort of MCSC Impact Fellows, a group that will bridge education, industry, and research, as well as grow future action-oriented MCSC events and workshops.

Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in mechanical engineering from Montana State University, and a Master of Science (MS) and PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT. Please join us in congratulating Jeremy on this new role!

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New MCSC Impact Fellowship Program Provides Opportunity to Achieve Real-World Impact in Sustainability

The MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium (MCSC) is pleased to announce the launch of its Impact Fellowship Program, a postdoctoral opportunity for individuals who want to have a real-world impact on global climate and sustainability issues – and transcend academia and industry to apply their expertise to near-term change for a more sustainable future. The newly launched program will allow Fellows to work with MIT faculty and consortium industry members, in collaboration with external organizations and communities, to shape and implement solutions needed for global economic transformation to address the global climate change and sustainability crisis.

“The MCSC Impact Fellows will play an important role in the consortium’s ongoing work to engage leading industry on key climate and sustainability challenges, and will have the opportunity to contribute to the meaningful collaborations and partnerships we are already seeing take shape,” said Jeffrey Grossman, MCSC Director; Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; and Morton and Claire Goulder and Family Professor in Environmental Systems. “We have a very exciting semester and year ahead, and we are looking forward to working with our inaugural cohort of Impact Fellows to advance the work of the consortium, as well as to develop their own individual interdisciplinary skills and connections.”

The MCSC works to leverage diverse perspectives on climate, sustainability, and climate justice from across the global economy to create new collaboration opportunities that amplify and extend MIT’s current efforts, while empowering industry to usher in, adapt to, and prosper in a decarbonized economy and world. Impact Fellows will support this mission and work in the context of bridging academic and industry disciplines, and establishing meaningful partnership. The nominally two-year program is seeking creative, motivated, and high performing researchers – from a wide range of backgrounds – with interests in interdisciplinary training and broad skill development, with a focus and aim on accelerating the necessary global transition in the face of the climate crisis.

Applications are now open through Friday, May 28, 2021, although exemplary applications may be considered after this deadline. Please learn more about the MCSC Impact Fellowship Program here.

The Boston Globe: President Reif Urges Two-Track Strategy to Achieve Global Climate Goals in 30 Years

In a Boston Globe op-ed, MIT’s president argues that the US must invest in new breakthroughs while also deploying all available tools today.

Ambitious goals are often called moonshots, but the challenge of addressing climate change will be even more monumental. This “Earthshot,” as MIT President L. Rafael Reif calls it in an op-ed published in The Boston Globe, is an enormously complex problem with no single right answer, no clear finish line, multiple stakeholders with conflicting priorities, and no central authority empowered to solve it. 

In the piece, President Reif highlights the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium (MCSC) as one way the Institute is working to create an innovation marketplace based on collaboration, not competition, to reach climate goals. Read the full story in MIT News.

MCSC Launches

MIT Convenes Influential Industry Leaders in the Fight Against Climate Change

The MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium (MCSC) convenes an alliance of leaders from a broad range of industries and aims to vastly accelerate large-scale, real-world implementation of solutions to address the threat of climate change. The MCSC unites similarly motivated, highly creative and influential companies to work with MIT to build a process, market, and ambitious implementation strategy for environmental innovation. 

The work of the consortium will involve a true cross-sector collaboration to meet the urgency of climate change. The MCSC will take positive action and foster the necessary collaboration to meet this challenge, with the intention of influencing efforts across industries. Through a unifying, deeply inclusive, global effort, the MCSC will strive to drive down costs, lower barriers to adoption of best-available technology and processes, speed retirement of carbon-intensive power generating and materials-producing equipment, direct investment where it will be most effective, and rapidly translate best practices from one industry to the next in an effort to deploy social and technological solutions at a pace more rapid than the planet’s intensifying crises.

Read the full story in MIT News.