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From talks to hands-on activities, from the global to our backyard, Climate IAP has something for everyone!

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Please note that details are subject to change. We recommend verifying times and locations at the official MIT IAP website. Many, but not all, Climate IAP activities are listed under the Climate and Energy, Environment, and Sustainability topics

1.S979 Infrastructure Design for Climate Change

Team-oriented project based class takes on the problem of sea level rise, specifically in Cambridge, Boston, and Singapore, while relevant to other large coastal cities.

Class sessions Mon. January 9 - Fri. January 13, 10:00AM-noon

Final project presentations Thu Jan 19, 10:00AM-noon, Room 1-050

Instructors: Prof. Herbert Einstein (Civil & Environmental Eng), Dr. Ari Epstein (Terrascope)

Sponsors: MIT CEE, SUTD

Seminar examines Mexico's 2013 Energy Reform program as case study for how policymakers redesign the energy sector

Jan. 9, 11, 18, 20, 23, 10:30AM-noon, E40-496 (Pye Conference Room)

Instructor: Dr. Lourdes Melgar, CIS Wilhelm Fellow, former Deputy Secretary of Energy of Mexico

Sponsors: Center for International Studies, MIT Mexico Program

No advance registration required

Explore the path of trash, recycling, and compost from the receptacle to their ultimate end, concluding with a hands-on session on inclusive "2nd life" waste practices for developing countries.

When: Tue-Thu Jan. 10-12, 2017, 1-4pm each day

Where: Tue-Wed 4-159, Thu N51-337

Sponsors: MIT Waste Alliance, Graduate Student Council, D-Lab

RSVP by Jan. 6

Lecture series with industry experts, MIT faculty and researchers presenting the basic building blocks of electric vehicles and their infrastructure

6 sessions, Tues-Thu Jan 10-12 and Tues Thu Jan 17-19, 1:30-4:30, Room 32-155

Lectures are open to all MIT students and staff; the associated lab is only for MIT engineering majors, sophmore or above. Register here.

Sponsor: MIT-SUTD International Design Center, Mechanical Engineering

Key concepts of magnetic fusion energy, current state of research, and MIT's proposed pathway toward smaller unit size, at lower cost, and on a timescale relevant to climate change.

Wed Jan 11, 2:00-3:00 in Room 1-190

Speaker: Professor Zach Hartwig

Sponsor: Plasma Science and Fusion Center

Visit the Alcator C-Mod tokamak, a major fusion energy experiment that recently completed its final run with breakthrough results.

Wed Jan 11, 4:00-5:00 in Building NW17-218

Sponsor: Plasma Science and Fusion Center

Lunch & Learn with startup Soli

Learn more about new startup Soli, which lets consumers leverage their spending to reduce CO2 emissions and fight climate change.

Thursday Jan 12, 12-1pm, Room 10-063

Lunch provided, please RSVP

Sponsors: MIT Energy Club Climate Change Community and Soli

Climate Change Film Series

Thu Jan 12, 7pm: Years of Living Dangerously (Room 32-123)

Thu Jan 19, 7pm: Before the Flood (Room 4-270)

Thu Jan 26, 7pm: The Age of Consequences, with post-viewing discussion with producer (Room 32-123)

Thu Feb 2, 7pm: How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change (Room 4-270)

Sponsor: Fossil Free MIT

Powering MIT

Learn about the operation and evolution toward renewables in MIT's campus energy supply with these back-to-back sessions

Friday, January 13:

9-10am: Innovative Energy Solutions for a Growing Campus (Summit Farms solar purchase agreement)

10-11am: An Inside Look at MIT's Energy Infrastructure (Central Utilities Plant)

11am-noon: Tour the Central Utilities Plan

Sponsor: Departement of Facilities

Advance registration required: contact Bernadette Drinkwater,

Learn how to manage your research work in a way that maximizes resource conservation.

Tue Jan 17, 12:00-1:00

Advance signup required

Sponsors: Environment, Health and Safety Office, Department of Facilities, Office of Sustainability

Using citizen science to tackle urban methane leaks

Citizen Science Overview: Wed Jan 18, 1:00-3:30, Room 4-153

Methane Leak Hackathon: Mon Jan 23, 9:00-1:00, Room 10-150

Sniffing Urban Leaks: Tues Jan 31, 10:00-2:00, location TBD (field work)

Putting Citizen Data to Use: Wed Feb 1, 1:00-3:30, Room 4-153

Sponsors: ClimateX - MITACAL - FFMIT

Advance registration required, by Jan. 18

Discuss some of the necessary financial ingredients for launching a financially attractive investment vehicle to commercialize fusion technology.

Mon Jan 23, 2:00-3:00, NW17-218

Instructor: Professor Andrew Lo, MIT Sloan School of Management

Sponsor: Plasma Science and Fusion Center

Within this Media Lab workshop on presenting data in visceral 3D formats, one track focuses on climate change. Work with startup Before It’s Too Late, who is developing climate change stories, solutions, and simulations using virtual reality. No prior VR experience needed.

Mon Jan 23 and Tue Jan 24, 2-6pm, MIT Media Lab (E15)

Registration required, you must be able to attend the full 2-day session

Sponsors: Before It's Too Late, MIT Media Lab (part of the DataVR module of IAP course "Law and Policy Data Analytics"

Come together to brainstorm, propose, and develop nature-based solutions to climate change. Choose among three tracks: the material world, the digital world, and open.

Fri Jan 27, 8:30-5:30, Samberg Conference Center

Advance registration required, by Jan 26

Sponsor: Environmental Solutions Initiative, Conservation International

Help rethink how we manage campus residential waste, ultimately making W70 one of the most efficient and sustainable residential buildings on campus.

Mon Jan 30, 9:00-3:30PM (in shifts)

Advance signup required, by 1/20

Sponsors: Office of Sustainability, Residential Life Programs, Department of Facilities

A fast-paced but accessible introduction to the climate system, linking the social and scientific aspects of climate change.

Talks: Mon Jan. 30 - Wed Feb. 1, 5:00-7:00 PM / NOTE Wed session room change to E25-111

World Climate Negotiations simulation activity: Thu Feb. 2, 4:00-7:00pm

Sponsor: Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Advance registration requested

What tools exist, or could reasonably be developed, to directly alter the Earth's climate? What are the limits to solar geoengineering? What are the ethics might apply to the development of such tools?

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2:00-3:00PM, NW17-218

Instructor: David Keith, Professor of Applied Physics, Harvard University

Sponsor: Plasma Science and Fusion Center