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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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BSc in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Specialzation:

Department:
Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences
Degree Type:
Bachelors
Website:
http://eapsweb.mit.edu/academics/undergraduate
Language:
English
Description:

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT is vigorous and dynamic, uniting faculty and students in the quest to solve real world problems through the application of physics, chemistry, and mathematics.With an emphasis on personal attention, the EAPS undergraduate program provides students with a challenging course of study in the geophysical sciences: geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geobiology, atmospheric science, oceanography, climate, planetary science, and astronomy. The Department's flexible academic program allows students to develop individualized courses of study, and our small class sizes encourage and enhance student-professor interactions. Many of our classes involve studying in the field, at sites both local and distant. View the webistes for some trips. Through MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), students in EAPS have ample opportunities to work alongside faculty conducting significant research. In addition to theoretical work, the required subjects in each area include field or laboratory training. All undergraduate majors must also complete an independent research project or thesis to achieve the bachelor of science degree.

Keywords:
sustainability,earth,atmospheric,planetary sciences,geochemistry,planets,materials

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Specialzation:

Department:
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
Degree Type:

Website:
http://cee.mit.edu
Language:
English
Description:

MIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE or Course 1) is a close community of people who share common interests and goals. Large enough to offer a range of opportunities, CEE is also small enough to provide personal attention. Freshman orientations, inter-university design and building competitions and career events in our department are all student-driven. Faculty members know who you are and can help you with your education as well as with your post-MIT plans.What Can You Expect From an Education in Civil and Environmental Engineering?Civil and environmental engineers are concerned with some of the most pressing problems of our world, including public infrastructure renewal, access to clean drinking water, environmental remediation and sustainable solutions to energy needs. The Course 1 undergraduate program prepares students to face these tremendous challenges by providing a sound education in math, physics, and science and engineering fundamentals, all while emphasizing hands-on design projects and case studies that supply context and motivation. Students are taught how to combine theory, measurement and modeling to develop a good understanding of the problems at hand and point the way to desirable solutions.Our students form a close-knit group; they like to design and build gadgets, they care about the environment, and they care about making a difference in the world. CEE undergraduates work side-by-side with graduate students and faculty members on projects in remote sensing, energy harvesting, high-performance computing, genomics, fluid mechanics and new materials.What Degree Programs Do We Offer?The three CEE undergraduate degrees ? Civil Engineering (1C), Environmental Engineering Science (1E) and Civil and Environmental Engineering degree (1A) ? share a common core, usually taken in the sophomore year, that includes subjects in ecology, mechanics, mathematics and engineering design. In the junior and senior years, students build on the core by taking more specialized subjects in their chosen degree tracks. The Course 1 engineering design lab sequence introduces sophomores to design and fabrication in a supportive team-oriented environment. The Class of 2008 made a splash in the Charles River by building and deploying a network of environmental monitoring buoys. The Classes of 2009 and 2010 designed and built energy-harvesting machines: one was a bicycle that harvests and stores the energy generated by the cyclist, the other a turbine that collects wind energy.Students in the senior engineering design class also design and build projects, including full-scale portable footbridges that can support a ton of concrete blocks. Our departmental unit requirements are among the lowest in the MIT School of Engineering (180-183 units beyond GIRs), providing flexibility for students to pursue minors, study abroad and interests outside engineering.And After Graduation, What Will You Do?Besides the obvious career options of working for a civil or environmental engineering firm, a CEE education provides a good foundation for careers in engineering design, ecology, education, law, medicine, public health and government service.CEE alumni teach and carry out research in universities. They work for small and large firms in many fields, start their own businesses and hold leadership positions in government and nonprofit organizations.

Keywords:
ecology,earth,sustainability,transportation,hydrology,chemistry,biology,health,policy,economics,global change

Environmental Policy and Planning

Specialzation:

Department:
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Degree Type:

Website:
http://web.mit.edu/dusp/epp/academics/degree_programs.html
Language:
English
Description:

The Environmental Policy Group encourages MIT undergraduates to consider pre-professional training in environmental planning and management. There are several tracks a student can pursue within Course XI (Urban Studies and Planning) or within the Institute-wide, interdisciplinary, Public Policy minor. While we do not attempt to cover all the degree requirements and list all possible courses in this brochure, we do want to draw special attention to two options: the Course XI Major with a specialization in Environmental Policy and Planning, and the Institute-wide Minor in Public Policy with a concentration in Environmental Policy.Course XI Major with a Specialization in Environmental Policy and PlanningThis is the pre-professional path we suggest for students interested in a career in natural resource management or environmental planning. It teaches the tools and techniques of sustainable development and is excellent preparation for a wide range of professional careers in the environmental field (including a five year S.B.-MCP.) Course XI majors are expected to complete five required subjects, 57 units of planned electives, and all the General Institute Requirements. The Environmental Policy faculty is available to help undergraduates select appropriate planned electives. Field work experience is encouraged, but not required.The Institute-wide Minor in Public Policy with a Concentration in Environmental PolicyMIT has established a Public Policy Minor under the sponsor ship of Course XI and Course XVII (Political Science). Students in the minor are expected to take two subjects that introduce them to the justification for government action, a course covering Methods of Policy Anal y sis, and three subjects in an area of specialization. Again, the Environmental Policy faculty is avail able to suggest appropriate subjects for a public policy minor. A public policy minor is especially appropriate for MIT undergraduates majoring in engineering or science, but who have an interest in the public policy implications of their work.

Keywords:
sustainability,environmental policy,planning,resource management,sustainable development,health

Sustainability Certificate

Specialzation:

Department:
Sloan School of Management
Degree Type:
Non-Degree or other
Website:
https://mitsloan.mit.edu/sustainability/certificate.php
Language:
English
Description:

An MIT Sloan education is about excelling at theory and practice. It's about taking advantage of the opportunities and the support the School gives you to go out and make a positive impact on the world. It's about marrying passion and principle. With this in mind, sustainability-related courses at MIT Sloan utilize an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, bringing together expertise in energy, infrastructure, entrepreneurship, management and other key areas. Professors strive to show students the world, help them identify what can be improved, and lead them to develop solutions. In addition, many of the sustainability courses provide the students the opportunity to work with companies, nonprofit organizations, and government institutions on their actual projects and programs. For instance, in the MIT Sloan Sustainable Business Lab (S-Lab) course, teams of MIT students work with host organizations on specific sustainability projects. Past projects have provided high value to the host organizations in developing new tools or approaches, structuring new strategies for organizational sustainability, and assessing market opportunities.Sustainability can be seen as the opportunity to transform organizations, markets, and communities. While today's business models have generated unforeseen levels of economic growth and technological innovation, they have also generated severe strains on our environment, social systems and personal lives. Building upon MIT's distinguished accomplishments in technology, science, and social science, its tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration, and the ideal of mens et manus (blending mind and hands), the new Certificate in Sustainability views sustainability as a function of the interdependent dynamics of economic, societal, and environmental systems, where success overall is influenced by success across all areas and not upon a single factor. The required core and elective courses in the Certificate Program explicitly leverage Sloan's strengths in process improvement, organizational learning and adaptation, entrepreneurship and commercialization, the dynamics of organizational and social change, and the interactions of markets, firms and organizations, and links to MIT's strengths in science and technology through implementation.

Keywords:
sustainability,trade,health,energy,international development,sustainable development,climate change

Alliance for Global Sustainability

Website:
http://theags.org/
Area / Region:
Global 
Description:

Founded in 1997, AGS is an international partnership among four of the world's leading science and technology universities. AGS aims to provide a solid foundation for sustainable development through the application of world class research and education in science and technology and the social sciences. 

Activities:
The AGS's activities are centered on research and education. Research is being conducted on four flagship programs: energy pathways, food and water, urban futures initiative and extended life initiative. Results from the research are disseminated through the AGS's annual and technical meetings and publications. Since its inception, AGS has brought together leaders in the academe, business and government to help address the complex issues involved towards moving to a sustainable future. AGS also organizes educational activities focused on sustainability to expose young students to relevant issues. These include programs such as Youth Encounter on Sustainability (YES), the Asian Intensive Program on Sustainability (IPoS) and the World Student Community for Sustainable Development. 
Members:

Chalmers University of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, University of Tokyo 

The International Sustainable Campus Network

Website:
http://www.international-sustainable-campus-network.org/
Area / Region:
Global 
Description:

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching.The ISCN is an initiative which is graciously supported and directed by ?cole Polytechnique F?d?rale de Lausanne (EPFL) and The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich).  

Activities:
The mission of the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) is to provide a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching. 
Members:

Brown University, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Indian Institutes of Technology, Madras, INSEAD The Business School for the World, Johns Hopkins University, Keio University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, National University of Singapore, Peking University, Politecnico di Milano, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Stanford University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, University of British Columbia, University of Tokyo, Tsinghua University, Universidad Internacional del Ecuador, University of Cape Town, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, University of Hong Kong, , University of Melbourne, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, University of Western Australia, Yale University 



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