2014 MIT Sustainability Summit | Request for Speakers

This year marks the fifth-annual MIT Sustainability Summit. Over the previous five years, the student-run Summit has grown to include nearly 300 professionals, academics, and students. We are currently searching for speakers that can contribute interesting, though-provoking ideas on environmental, economical, or social sustainability within coastal cities.

Please submit this form to nominate speakers or presenters for consideration for our upcoming summit. We accept self-nominations.

May 3-4, 2014 at the MIT Media Lab

For more information, visit http://sustainabilitysummit.mit.edu/ or contact co-Directors of Content Ethan McCall & Ariel Chua (e_mccall@mit.edu, arielc@mit.edu)

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    About the 2014 Summit

    This year the student-run event has the theme of Coastal Cities | Sustainable Futures. Home to 90 percent of the world’s urban population, coastal cities are caught at the nexus of three forces that dominate the 21st century: rapid urbanization, climate destabilization, and continued integration of the global economy. Coastal cities exhibit confounding duality. They are simultaneously threatened by climate change and integral to networks of global trade. If coastal cities can navigate a transition towards sustainability and resilience, it may offer a path forward for the rest of the planet. This conference challenges traditional notions of urban development to ask how coastal cities can be the key to global sustainability. Over the two day event, we will explore the challenges of achieving sustainability in these cities that must balance their role as a home to hundreds of millions of people with their role as major throughways for goods and knowledge in an interconnected world. We will hear from leaders in infrastructure, finance, urban planning, government, climate change, and technology about successes and failures of cities seeking this balance. Throughout the event participants will have the opportunity to experience the complexities of decision making in these coastal urban contexts in workshops, role playing simulations, and computer-based games.
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