The MIT Sustainability Summit is an annual event that has grown to include more than 350 attendees ranging from professionals, academics, and students. The past Summits have featured discussions with thought leaders and expert practitioners like Jeremy Grantham (GMO), Jim Hanna (Starbucks), Mindy Lubber (Ceres), Nancy Gillis (GSA), Jeffrey Hollender (Seventh Generation), Scot Horst (USGBC), James Balog (Chasing Ice), Rick Ridgeway (VP Patagonia) and many more.

As one of the world’s preeminent research universities, MIT and its five schools --science, engineering, architecture and planning, humanities and social science, and management--are in a unique position to bring business and societal leaders together with academic researchers and students to address challenges in sustainability.
The 9th MIT Sustainability Summit has the theme of “Funding the Future”.  Transitioning to a more sustainable future requires financing. It will require tackling climate change, water scarcity and food security to name a few. Moreover, it requires that we rethink financing itself – breaking perceptions of a tradeoff between financial viability and sustainability impact. 

The 2017 MIT Sustainability Summit will challenge conventional investment actors – from seed venture capital to public capital markets – to innovate and will explore the rise of unconventional actors and financing mechanisms. As an innovation hub and drawing on academic expertise, MIT will delve new financing ecosystems, cutting-edge technologies and creative policies that will foster collaboration across asset classes to support the change agents who are creating the future. 

We will explore three things during the day to answer:

  1. Why does sustainability matter in finance?
  2. How does sustainability impact finance in industries?
  3. How do we measure sustainability? 

We invite you to join us at the 2017 MIT Sustainability Summit as we explore how we fund our futures.