Collaborate with MIT’s renowned research community as well as other companies dedicated to climate and sustainability solutions, participate in events and workshops that help move the needle, work with MIT students committed to making positive change.
The MCSC is creating new collaboration opportunities that amplify and extend MIT’s current efforts, while empowering the industry to usher in, adapt to, and prosper in a decarbonized economy and world. We strategize: linking stated company goals to value chains, enhance synergy, and find blind spots; implement: define, design, and pilot cross-industry technology, process, and organizational change; and educate: embed sustainability practice throughout workforce and university education.
Our work is focused a series of Impact Pathways and Cross-Cutting Themes:
- Tough transportation modes
- Value chain resilience
- Nature-based solutions
- Carbon capture and storage (CCS)
- Data and computing
- Social dimensions
- Climate finance
MCSC Seed Awards projects are helping to propel the work in these pathways, as well as other related areas, forward. The 20 projects, awarded $5 million over two years, are led by principal investigators across all five of MIT’s schools, and link the economy-wide work of the consortium to ongoing and emerging climate and sustainability efforts across campus.
Read more about our progress in the MCSC Impact Report, which highlights our work in the pathways, as well as our interdisciplinary and cross-industry community and priorities as we continue into another productive year.
One company or sector cannot tackle the climate change crisis by itself. Making progress on a challenge this complex, vast, and urgent requires diverse science-based perspectives on climate, sustainability, and climate justice from across the global economy. Current MCSC member companies represent the heart of global capital and have committed not only to working with MIT but with each other, to confront climate challenge with the urgency required to realize their goals – and to be part of solving this existential threat for society.
MCSC member companies are from a wide range of industries, from aerospace to construction to agriculture, as a few examples; a filterable list of industries is available on the current members page. These companies are leaders in climate and sustainability, and have a proven track record of helping move the needle on finding solutions to the climate crisis.
"The greatest thing about being part of the MCSC has been the collaboration with other companies, and really thinking about how can we solve the problem together as an ecosystem."
The MCSC’s people are behind the Consortium’s unique research, collaborations, and progress. We have a strong leadership team that includes Anantha P. Chandrakasan, the dean of the MIT School of Engineering, and a group of experienced Impact Fellows from diverse backgrounds and fields of study, including environmental policy and planning, physics, chemistry, finance, and anthropology. We also work closely with MIT faculty. The MCSC’s Faculty Steering Committee includes representation from all five of MIT’s schools, and we are in constant collaboration with our vast network of affiliated researchers across campus as well as with affiliated organizations on campus.
On the company side, our Industry Advisory Board members, which include chief sustainability officers and chief technology officers, are experienced, innovative, and eager to work together.
MIT student engagement
Engaging with MIT students is central to the MCSC’s mission and efforts, and is interwoven into some of the core conversations and solutions we are tackling, as well as the programming we are hosting.
There are many ways for MIT students to collaborate with us. The MCSC supports undergraduate research through MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP); we have now funded over 100 student research projects. Our Climate & Sustainability Scholars Program, launched in 2022, enables MIT undergraduates to have a unique, yearlong, interdisciplinary experience developing and implementing climate and sustainability research.