Food Systems & the Environment

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 9:57am

This project, created by students in Judy Layzer's "Food Systems and the Environment," stems from the observation that the current system of food production in the United States is environmentally unsustainable and socially inequitable. The site provides a basic understanding of the flaws that plague the current food system and provokes thinking about how we might transform that system into one that is more resilient and fair.

The project is divided into four major sections:

Commencement Breakfast, Year-End Awards

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 10:48am

At the Departmental Commencement Breakfast at the MIT Media Lab on June 6, 2013, DUSP was pleased to welcome back Adele Fleet Bacow (MCP 1977) as our Commencement Speaker.  Adele is the President of Commuity Partners Consultants, a firm she founded in 1996 to work with cities and towns, public agencies, foundations, and community-based organizations around the country.  In her work she has brought the public and private sectors together in unlikely collaborations to revitalize communities, and her speech to DUSP's newest graduates provided a wonderful opportuntity for her to share

Lobby 7 Hack Featured in "Slice of MIT"

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 10:34am

Commencement week and Tech Reunions week unofficially kicked off when a mysterious hack was unveiled in the Lobby 7 stairwell leading to DUSP and Architecture Headquarters.

The hackers—perhaps soon-to-be alums intent on leaving a final mark on the Institute—placed fake noses and moustaches on a large portrait collage in the area between the first and second floor.

Funding clean-energy solutions

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 11:13am

The sixth annual MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) competition, held Monday night, awarded a total of $320,000 to five teams that have developed clean-energy startups and innovations.

The contest, co-sponsored by Massachusetts utility NSTAR and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and open to teams from any American university, is the nation’s leading student-run energy business-plan competition. Past participants have gone on to raise a total of $130 million in funding.