Oxford Round Table, Professor Jeffrey I Steinfeld, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), presented a paper titled Leveraging International Collaborations for Climate and Sustainability Education at the Oxford Round Table session titled; Global Warming and Sustainable Development: Governing a Crisis, August 12 to 17, 2007, at St. Anne’s College in the University of Oxford. Professor Steinfeld’s paper was subsequently published with co-author Amanda Graham, also of MIT, under the same title in the Forum on Public Policy.
The abstract of Professor Steinfeld’s and Graham’s Oxford Round Table article is given below:
Avoiding dangerous climate change, assuring secure and affordable energy supplies for future generations, and averting geopolitical conflict over scarce energy resources, are among the central challenges of global sustainability. Achieving these goals requires engaging multiple stakeholders having widely differing perceptions of the nature and urgency of the issues involved. A coherent but varied strategy for outreach and education is necessary in order to effectively inform and engage these multiple audiences.
In the United States, public attitudes toward climate change and energy security have undergone a remarkable change during the past several years, as a result of economic pressures, perceived alterations to familiar climate patterns, and increasing attention by the media. In the absence of leadership on these issues at the national level, many states, municipalities, industries, and private actors have started taking steps to achieve greenhouse gas reductions and to begin the transition to a sustainable energy system. At MIT, an Institute-wide Energy Initiative includes research on many aspects of energy production and efficiency; educational programs bridging the multiple disciplines needed to develop students' understanding of complex energy systems; and the development of a "Walk the Talk" strategy, involving students, faculty, and operational personnel, intended to demonstrate efficient and responsible use of energy on our own campus and, by extension, in our community.
Climate and energy issues are, by their very nature, international. MIT's efforts are leveraged with international partners through the Alliance for Global Sustainability, the International Research System for Sustainability Science, and bilateral agreements. Many of these agreements include a strong focus on sustainable energy issues.
Steinfeld cv on MIT chemistry department webpage: