Spring 2015

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, January 2, 2015

MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative Seed Grant Winners Announced

MIT is already a powerhouse of environmentally oriented research and innovation. The Environmental Solutions Initiative is building on this vibrant foundation using Seed Grants to encourage new, cross-disciplinary research partnerships that advance progress and solutions on issues of environmental significance to humanity. A total of 59 teams of faculty, research staff and students responded to the first call for proposals, from which nine winners were announced on March 13, 2015, including two teams from DUSP:

How to talk about climate change

MIT Event to address communication challenges — and opportunities for MIT to help overcome them.

On Tuesday, March 31, MIT students, faculty, staff, and administrators will gather for an interactive panel discussion about challenges in communication around climate change.

DUSP Student Named Lowell Richards Fellow for Leadership and Public Service

DUSP student Callahan Seltzer (MCP 2015) was recently selected as the winner of the Lowell Richards Fellowship for Leadership and Public Service. As part of the fellowship, Callie will intern at the Massachusetts Port Authority, planning and executing real estate projects on Massport-owned land in South Boston, East Boston, and Charlestown, with a focus on enhancing economic development opportunities and creating great places.


The MIT Sustainability Summit is a student-led event that is organized every year during Earth Week on the MIT campus, drawing more than 350 attendees ranging from professionals, academics, and students. The Summit has emerged as a premier issue-driven event, showcasing featured discussions with thought leaders and expert practitioners like Jeremy Grantham (GMO), Jim Hanna (Starbucks), Jeffrey Hollender (Seventh Generation), James Balog (Chasing Ice), Rick Ridgeway (VP Patagonia) and many more.

Art, Planning & Community Engagement

Come to an information session with artist and Mel King Community Fellow, Rick Lowe, to learn more about this exciting opportunity in the Summer 2015.  Lunch will be provided.  The event flyer is available for download here. To RSVP or for more information please contact Allegra Williams at <allegraw@mit.edu>.

Data-Driven Storytelling

DATA-DRIVEN STORYTELLING is the journalistic wave of the future. At websites like the New York Times’s Upshot and Nate Silver’sFiveThirtyEight, writers are transforming numbers into visual narratives that illuminate modern life. MIT Assistant Professor Sarah Williams, director of the Civic Data Design Lab, is at the forefront of the movement.

See: http://spectrum.mit.edu/articles/mobile-technologies-to-visualize-the-ci...

Behavior and Policy (2015)

11.478 Behavior and Policy: Connection in Transportation

Excellence in Public Service Awards: Call for Applications

We are now accepting applications for the MIT Department of Urban
Studies and Planning "Excellence in Public Service Awards."  Deadline:
May 15, 2015.

Purpose.  In 1999, DUSP established the Fund for Excellence in Public
Service to raise funds to assist and encourage graduates from the
Master in City Planning (MCP) program who choose to pursue public
service careers.  The Excellence in Public Service Awards, as the
Fund’s first initiative, is designed to advance three purposes:

Spectrum: "Lessons from the MIT Water Club"

The latest issue of Spectrum profiles Isadora Araujo Cruxen, DUSP MCP student and lecture series chair for the MIT Water Club:

Alan Berger at World Economic Forum

Professor Alan Berger recently attended the World Economic Forum, where he presented his ideas on the holistic city.  In the video below, Berger explains that we need to start thinking differently about urban growth, and design innovative cities that use ecological processes to clean and reuse waste water, so we can grow more food for the future.

[credit: World Economic Forum]