Saturday, April 21 Launch of Working Green@MIT Web site All day Charles River Cleanup 9:30 a.m. noon., Meet at Mass. Ave. Bridge (Cambridge Side) MIT's Environment, Health, and Safety Office Open House 10 a.m. 4 p.m., MIT Museum N52-496 Environmental Health Science: A Closer Look at Environmental Exposures 10 a.m. 5 p.m., MIT Museum N52-200, Large Conference Room Boston Underwater Walking Tour 25 p.m., Meet at E51 (Tang Center) lobby Sunday, April 22 Environmentally Safe Gardening Methods with GreenPort 2:305 p.m., Dana Park, Cambridge. Angels & Airwaves Concert 45:45 p.m., MIT Johnson Athletic Center Talk by TERC researcher LuAnn Dahlmann: Cold Enough For You? 68 p.m., MIT Museum N52-200, Large Conference Room Monday, April 23 to Friday, April 27 The Legacy of Bhopal Photo Exhibit: "We Are Not Flowers, We Are Flames!" MIT Stata Center lobby Tuesday, April 24 An Inconvenient Truth slideshow Noon, E25-119, RSVP required Boston Underwater Walking Tour 25 p.m., Meet at E51 (Tang Center) lobby Lecture by Professor William Thilly: Does the Environment Really Affect Your Health? 78:30 p.m., MIT State Center, 32-141 Wednesday, April 25 Walking Tour of MIT Green Campus Initiatives 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m., Meet outside on the steps of Stratton Student Center Lecture on Uncertainties in Climate Forecasts: Causes, Magnitudes and Policy Implications 4:30 p.m., 32-101 EcoExpo: MIT's Sustainability Showcase 57 p.m., MIT Stata Center TSMC lobby Talk by Boston University researchers: Global Warming, Up Close and Local 68 p.m., MIT Museum N52-200, Large Conference Room Thursday, April 26 MIT Earth Day Fair 10 a.m. 3 p.m., MIT Stata Center lobby MIT Solar Decathlon Earth Day Party 5:308 p.m., NEXUS Green Building Resource Center, 38 Chauncy St., 7th floor, Boston Talk on Plasma and the Environment 5:306:30 p.m., NW17-218 Friday, April 27 Garden Walk With MIT Facilities 121 p.m., Meet at Information Booth in MIT Stata Center lobby
With neon green and purple chairs in tiered rows, the auditorium in Harvard's science center looks like a stadium theater. But the physics professor at the front of the room, Eric Mazur, takes pains not to behave like a sage on the stage.
Seeking to become the greenest city in the country, Cambridge launched on March 29 a sweeping $70 million energy efficiency program to conserve energy in virtually every building within city boundaries, reducing emissions that contribute to global warming.
The first-ever EcoExpo will be held tomorrow, April 25, and will feature posters and displays from nearly 30 student-led groups concerned with environmental issues at MIT. Organized by the Students for Global Sustainability group, EcoExpo seeks "to convey the incredible energy and enthusiasm" at MIT and "to inspire new ideas, new connections, and a strengthened campus commitment to sustainability," according to the EcoExpo Web site. EcoExpo will be held in the TSMC lobby of the Stata Center, which faces the intersection of Main and Vassar Streets. Below is a sampling of the groups that will be featured at the event.
"We recognize it is an incredibly urgent issue … we don't have time to do five years of research," said Jason J. Jay G, as he talked about the challenge of creating a more sustainable future with new technologies and policies. Jay, a doctoral student who has an academic interest in corporate and social responsibility and the study of organizations, said that the challenge of sustainability is "for our generation what getting into space was for our parents."
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<i>Richard Schmalensee '65, PhD '70 is professor of economics and dean of the Sloan School. He is a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP), a non-governmental bipartisan group which last week released a set of energy policy recommendations. The recommendations are comprehensive, addressing everything from guidelines for vehicle fuel efficiency to increases in research budgets, to, perhaps most importantly, the creation of a viable national emissions trading scheme. Here Professor Schmalensee talks about some of the issues at stake in controlling emissions, and the challenges that lie ahead for fighting climate change. </i>
A documentary on Darfur, Sand & Sorrow, will be screened on Thursday night at 710 p.m. in Room 6-120. There will be a panel discussion with the director and activists after the movie. Free and open to the MIT community. Dinners for the MacGregor dining pilot will be held on Tuesdays from 69 p.m. for the rest of the semester.
Nelnet, a major student loan company, offered on Apr. 20 a broad accounting of many often unpublicized relationships it has established with universities and their senior officials, including managing telephone call centers, paying college officials for speaking engagements and giving plane tickets to financial aid officers.
In the wake of the Virginia Tech attack, administrators at college campuses across the country have been calling on a handful of companies that offer what once seemed like a nonessential: the ability to blast text messages to thousands of people within minutes.
A body that washed to shore on Cape Cod last Thursday was identified as MIT student Daniel J. Barclay '07, who had been missing since Sunday, April 8. Barclay was declared a missing person Friday, Apr. 13 and had been the focus of an area-wide search.
Ivan D. Dimitrov '10, a passionate, goal-oriented international student from Sofia, Bulgaria, died on Apr. 21 due to fatal injuries from a motorcycle accident. Dimitrov sustained the injuries in a crash at Storrow Drive in Boston and passed away at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He was 20.
Since the beginning of his gubernatorial campaign, Deval Patrick has made clean energy a pet issue. He was the first major candidate to come out in support of the controversial Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound. And as governor, he has pledged to make Massachusetts "the renewable energy center of the world."
As you may have noticed, MIT is full of people who are highly committed to energy and sustainability issues, from President Susan Hockfield with the Energy Initiative to numerous student groups involved in almost every imaginable aspect of environmentally-conscious action and innovation. Add to that the professors who have made it their business to pursue research related to sustainability issues, and the Facilities staff who oversee MIT’s own energy use, and you begin to get an idea of just how unlikely it would be that we could cover all the worthwhile projects happening on campus.
MIT's new Solar Decathlon Team is currently preparing for the construction of Solar 7, an 800-square-foot completely solar-powered house. The seventh solar-powered house to be built on MIT campus, this house, which will be near Technology Square, will have several unique features, including an interactive energy-monitoring system and the ability to be taken apart and shipped to any new location. It will also participate in an event that none of the other houses have ever attended: the Solar Decathlon Competition held in Washington D.C.
Peter Cooper is the manager of sustainability engineering and utility planning in the Department of Facilities. He has worked closely with student groups on a number of sustainability projects, some of which arose from the Generator events and are currently in progress. He's the go-to man for everything you never knew you wanted to know about how MIT's physical plant is run.
Ten months after assuming her role as director of the Office of Student Mediation and Community Standards, Veronica Mendoza '96 will be leaving MIT at the end of May to resume practicing law in California. She is the third person to leave this post in the past four years. The position was redefined last year to exclude the function of risk management.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates pressed the Kremlin's top leaders on Monday to accept a detailed new plan for cooperation on missile defense in Europe that he said would make Russia a full partner in the American effort by sharing information, jointly developing new technology, and even combining the two countries' defensive radar systems.
Lawmakers began weighing ways Monday to prevent more tragedies on college campuses in a hastily convened Senate hearing a week after the shootings in Virginia. The hearing explored the adequacy of campus' mental health resources, security plans and communications systems.
After a rainy and raw few weeks, the summer-like weather of the past few days has been a most welcome diversion. Yesterday was the first day with above-80°F (27°C) weather in Boston since October 9 of last year. While today will again be mild (though not as warm as yesterday), the second half of the week will be nowhere near as pleasant as the past three days.
President Bush on Monday said that the congressional testimony of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales last week, roundly panned by members of both parties, "in a way increased my confidence in his ability to do the job."
Paul D. Wolfowitz, signaling anew that he will fight for his job as World Bank president, has enlisted a prominent lawyer who defended President Bill Clinton against accusations of sexual misconduct to help convince the bank's board that Wolfowitz has done nothing to justify being ousted.
Some of the greatest challenges ever faced by humanity, such as climate change, power generation, and access to natural resources now simultaneously loom large on our collective horizon. All of these challenges appear separate on the surface but are actually woven together by human behavior and the impacts of technology.
In addition to being Earth Day, April 22 is also the birthday of V. I. Lenin, who in 1902 famously took on the old question of how we can create a better world. His answers may no longer resonate, but some criticisms of capitalism seem increasingly relevant as our economic system faces a new challenge in today's environmental exigencies.
On college campuses across the country, and increasingly among the general population as well, people express outrage and anger over our government's attitudes towards the environment. We rail against big business for its unethical and ecologically damaging practices. Yet, as we try to hold to account the larger-scale institutions that ought to be doing better, we should ask ourselves: are we as individuals doing our share to make things better?
Almost every human activity requires external sources of energy. Affluent societies are increasingly dependent upon energy to maintain their lifestyles while developing countries require more energy to improve their standards of living. As both population and GDP have grown across the globe, so has energy use: at present people use about ten times as much energy as in the early 1900s, and this amount is projected to double by 2050 and at least triple by 2100. Most of our energy today — about 85 percent globally — comes from fossil fuels. These fossil fuels pose a danger to our society for two primary reasons: there is increasing evidence that their greenhouse gas emissions are closely linked to serious climate changes, and the sources for this energy pose a dangerous threat to our national security. In the face of increasing energy demand, can we face the daunting task of reducing fossil fuel consumption through alternative fuels and conservation?
In a battle of undefeated conference foes, nationally-ranked No. 22 MIT men's tennis registered a 6-3 win over Wheaton College in the NEWMAC regular-season finale for both squads on Saturday. With the victory, the Engineers (11-5, 5-0 NEWMAC) collected their ninth consecutive regular season conference championship in the NEWMAC's nine-year history.
Tyler G. Sorba '07 registered six of MIT's first eight goals as it went on to post a 14-8 victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy in a Pilgrim Lacrosse League game on Saturday afternoon. Sorba's game-high seven points raised the Engineers' ledger to 4-6 on the year and 2-4 in the conference.
The NBA playoffs began last weekend, and believe it or not the most interesting time to watch is now. The first round, especially after upsets by Denver and Golden State over two of the top teams in the west, San Antonio and Dallas, will be abnormally interesting.