The MIT- Malaysia Sustainable Cities Partnership is a five-year effort, co-managed by faculty at MIT and the Universiti of Teknologi of Malaysia (UTM), with a multimillion dollar grant from the Malaysian Ministry of Education. The goal of the partnership is to document sustainable city development efforts in Malaysia. We intend to use our research findings to create on-line video instructional materials to support the teaching of sustainable city development in universities in the global South.
- The Critical Urban Sustainability Drivers Project, funded by the Summit Foundation, identifies a compact set of major drivers of urban sustainability and links them to policy interventions that can move the needle on those drivers—and thereby genuinely enhance the sustainability of cities. Documents based on this work will be available by the end of summer 2013.
The Indian Express features an editorial by DUSP Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal entitled "Humanity Denied," on the topic of the country's 2013 manual scavenging law. In summary, the law "does not go far enough."
Danya Rumore has been selected for the 2014 Global Fellows Program. The Global Fellows Program, a collaboration between MIT and Imperial College London, trains PhD students to create, sustain, and lead successful international research collaborations. Through presentations, interactive work and hands-on activities, PhD students from both schools will develop professional skills required to launch and manage a successful research career.
In the autumn of 2012, the Climate CoLab opened up 18 contests, each focused on a challenge the world is facing as we confront climate change. By June 15, nearly 400 proposals had been submitted from around the world, by non-profits, entrepreneurs, scholars and climate experts, students, business people, and concerned citizens. Proposals championed new technologies, community projects, online apps and websites, marketing strategies, business ideas, and government initiatives.
Valerie Jarrett currently serves as Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversees the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, and chairs the White House Council on Women and Girls.