Create a Green Careers Hub by Team MITACAL
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I would like to propose that this project take the next step because it identifies one of the most important issues regarding engagement in the environment; identifying and cultivating a pathway for motivated and passionate students to take their interest in the environment and create a career. Guiding both students and alumni to find the best and most effective career in environmental work would greatly enhance the possibility that MIT greatest asset, its students and alumni, become an integral part of the solution.
The opening statement is not true. You can easily filter the alumni directory by interest in energy, environment and sustainability, and then find career counselors in that subset. This can be improved upon, and the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Network (see https://alum.mit.edu/volunteering/VolunteerTools/EnergyToolkit) might be productive group to work.
We want all companies to adopt a "green" mindset if we are going to address climate change. The real opportunities for impact are often with companies viewed as not being "green." Perceptions of who is green and who isn't are often based on superficial assessments. For example, the author of this proposal identified Tesla as "especially impactful" in reducing emissions, but Toyota was an pioneer with electrical drive trains with its Prius line, which has sold over 3.5 million units compared to just over 100,000 for the Tesla S (which are about half the sales of the Nissan Leaf). Subaru has won multiple environmental awards for its Indiana assembly plant, while Tesla recently self report excess NOX emissions at its Fremont, California plant.
The real value is in identifying opportunities to contribute.
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