2022 MIT Sustainability Conference

Technologies and Industry

September 20, 2022 - September 21, 2022
2022 MIT Sustainability Conference
Conference

Location

Boston Marriott Cambridge
50 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142

Overview

Sustainability in the face of increasing climate change risk: What, practically speaking, does that mean for the corporate world?  For manufacturing, chemical, materials and process companies, it means transforming to low-emissions methods and technologies – and exploiting the growth of renewable energy to power this transformation.  For other corporate enterprises it also means adaptation – leveraging computation and communications technologies for better forecasting, resilience and risk mitigation. 

Day 1 of this event will showcase bold, innovative faculty, impactful MIT research programs and disruptive startups all working to decarbonize industrial processes and improve resilience.  Building on this, Day 2 will feature a morning of workshops to engage more deeply with several leading MIT centers who are dedicated to solving industrial sustainability challenges in water, plastics, aviation and setting GHG emissions targets.

  • Overview

    Sustainability in the face of increasing climate change risk: What, practically speaking, does that mean for the corporate world?  For manufacturing, chemical, materials and process companies, it means transforming to low-emissions methods and technologies – and exploiting the growth of renewable energy to power this transformation.  For other corporate enterprises it also means adaptation – leveraging computation and communications technologies for better forecasting, resilience and risk mitigation. 

    Day 1 of this event will showcase bold, innovative faculty, impactful MIT research programs and disruptive startups all working to decarbonize industrial processes and improve resilience.  Building on this, Day 2 will feature a morning of workshops to engage more deeply with several leading MIT centers who are dedicated to solving industrial sustainability challenges in water, plastics, aviation and setting GHG emissions targets.


Agenda

  • Day 1: September 20 (Tuesday)
    8:00 AM

    Registration with Light Breakfast
    9:00 AM

    Welcome and Introduction
    9:15 AM

    Keynote Address
    9:45 AM

    MIT’s Leading Initiatives and Programs for Advancing Sustainability Research and Solutions
    • MIT Climate Grand Challenges
    • MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium
    • MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab
    • MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative
    • MIT Lab for Aviation and the Environment
    10:30 AM

    Transformative Research From MIT, Session 1
    • Decarbonizing Steel Making
    • Electrically Driven Chemical Transformations
    11:30 AM

    MIT Startup Exchange Lightning Talks
    12:15 PM

    Lunch with Startup Exhibit
    1:15 PM

    Industry Panel: Challenges and Opportunities in Industrial Transformation
    2:00 PM

    Transformative Research From MIT, Session 2
    • Materials Advancements to Enable Energy Savings in Desalination and Separation
    • CREWSnet: Cutting-edge Forecasting Technology that Boosts Climate Resilience
    • A New Digital Twin of the Earth: Increased Accuracy in Predicting Droughts, Floods, Heat Waves
    • Revolutionizing Agriculture with Low-Emissions, Resilient Crops
    4:30 PM

    Day 1 Wrap-UP with Networking Reception
  • Day 2: September 21 (Wednesday)
    8:30 AM

    Registration with Light Breakfast

    Focused interactive workshops to engage, in-depth, with MIT centers, on opportunities to move forward; network with peer companies.

    9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    Session 1
    • Plastics and Sustainability
    • Aviation and the Environment
    11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    Session 2
    • Setting and Adopting GHG Targets
    • Industrial Process Water