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ISSUE #125

The Peakers Edition

For Catherine Drennan, teaching and research are complementary passions


Professor of biology and chemistry is catalyzing new approaches in research and education to meet the climate challenge.

How Greentown Labs became the epicenter of clean tech

MIT News

The incubator’s winding journey to success helped its startup community grow closer while addressing environment and climate challenges.
Arizona fire highlights the challenges for energy storage

Associated Press

Donald Sadoway, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, explains the benefits of battery storage in an Associated Press article about energy storage in Arizona.

  Listen to our podcast episode about batteries and storage featuring Bruce Gellerman, senior environmental reporter at WBUR, in conversation with Donald Sadoway and Yang Shao-Horn, co-director of MITEI's Energy Storage Low-Carbon Energy Center.


New Podcast: Electricity markets


What does the future of electricity markets look like? Professors Paul Joskow (MIT Economics) and Richard Schmalensee (MIT Sloan School of Management) discuss in our latest podcast.


Reshaping Development Pathways in Least Developed Countries Contest

Proposals due by July 1, 2019

The global community is invited to submit innovative, scalable solutions and best practices to restore degraded landscapes, helping vulnerable communities in Least Developed Countries to become more climate resilient. The most promising solution has the opportunity to win $10,000 in funding and an all expenses paid trip to the UN SG Climate Summit in September 2019 in New York to present their winning proposal.

This contest is sponsored by the MIT Climate CoLab, in partnership with Global Resilience Partnership, UK aid, and UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R. Submit your proposal.


U.S. Department of Energy's American-Made Solar Prize

Apply by July 16, 2019

Do you have a groundbreaking idea that could change the future of American solar? The second round of the U.S. Department of Energy's American-Made Solar Prize just launched and they're looking for game-changing ideas and teams to be part of the Ready! Contest. You can win up to $50K in the first contest and work with industry pros to bring your project to life. Submit your solar idea.


C3E Poster Competition

Apply by September 1, 2019

The C3E Poster Competition is an opportunity for students and early-career female researchers to present their work and make new connections at the Eighth Annual U.S. C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. The Symposium will be held on November 13-14, 2019 at Texas A&M University.​Check out eligibility guidelines and apply.

MIT Office of Sustainability 

Sustainability Communications Specialist

The MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) is currently seeking a communications strategist responsible for executing projects and initiatives that align with strategic priorities of the office. This individual will execute impactful communication strategies that expand MITOS’ reach across the MIT campus and with its regional and global communities. 

Responsibilities include developing and managing campus-wide campaigns on sustainability initiatives; managing integrated print and digital strategy across platforms; managing outreach initiatives, and more. Apply here.

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Greentown offers a lot of different things, but first and foremost among them is a community of entrepreneurs who are striving to solve big challenges in climate, energy, and the environment.

⁠— Emily Reichert MBA '12, CEO of Greentown Labs, talks about common goals at North America's largest clean technology incubator, located in MIT's backyard.

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More formally known as peaking power plants, “peakers" are plants that run only when there is a high demand for power. Learn more about peakers and electricity markets in our latest podcast.

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