Circular Economy:

Transition for Future Sustainability

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DURATION
9 weeks
HOURS OF EFFORT
8-10 hours a week
LANGUAGE
English
FORMAT
Online
PRICE
MIT CEU’s
7.2

Circular Economy:

Transition for Future Sustainability

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START
END
DURATION
9 weeks
HOURS OF EFFORT
8-10 hours a week
LANGUAGE
English
FORMAT
Online
PRICE
$ 2,900
MIT CEU’s
7.2

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How can the circular economy help your organization and simultaneously create a more sustainable world?

By shifting your organization to a Circular Economy, you can ensure growth over time while treating waste as a design flaw. In a Circular Economy, a specification for any design is that the materials reenter the economy at the end of their use, therefore increasing profits while ensuring sustainability, longevity, and societal wellbeing. By doing this, we make the linear take-make-waste system circular.

1.5 years

Now the Earth takes almost 1.5 years to regenerate what we use in a year.

Source: International Institute for Sustainable Development

9.1%

In 2021, our world economy was only 9.1 percent circular, which leads to a massive circularity gap

Source: International Institute for Sustainable Development

700 billion USD

Circular opportunities for fast-moving consumer goods could amount to USD 700 billion per annum in material savings

Source: Ellen Macarthur Foundation

An online program for enacting an ethical economic model for a sustainable present and future

MIT Professional Education’s online program Circular Economy: Transition for Future Sustainability presents an encompassing, quantitative, and qualitative portrayal of sustainable solutions from an economic perspective in order to reduce, reuse, and regenerate materials, leading to economic growth, sustainable resilience, and improved society.

The circular economy, when enacted, plays an essential role in addressing climate change, while also creating opportunities that ensure sustainable and ethical economic growth over time.

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The skills you will develop

1.

UNDERSTAND

the fundamental definition of a circular economy.

2.

DEFINE THE DIFFERENT WAYS

of reaching a circular economy through technology and material science and how to quantify circularity.

3.

DEVELOP STRATEGIES

for a more equitable distribution of costs and benefits.

4.

DETERMINE INSTITUTIONAL AND ECONOMIC STRUCTURES AND POLICIES

that enable the possibility of a circular economy policy.

5.

DISSECT

successful and unsuccessful case studies in sustainability and circular economies.

6.

FURTHER APPLY THE IMPORTANCE

of recycling plastics and electronics to tackle environmental concerns and e-waste.

7.

GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING

of how material transport plays an influential role in sustainability.

8.

STUDY

the circular economy lifecycle.

9.

APPLY THE BEST ENERGY ALTERNATIVES

for circular economies and uncover the importance of co-mingled waste.

In addition, you will receive a Certificate of Completion

All participants who successfully complete the online course Circular Economy: Transition for Future Sustainability will receive an MIT Professional Education Certificate of Completion. In addition, they will also earn 7.2 Continuing Education Units (MIT CEUs).

In order to obtain CEUs, participants must complete a required CEU accreditation form. CEUs are calculated based on the number of learning hours in each course.

* An MIT CEU is a unit of credit equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an accredited program for professionals.

This course is designed for

Professionals from a multitude of backgrounds interested in sustainable actions and innovation opportunities. In this course, participants will examine the numbers and science behind climate change mitigation targets and will analyze solutions from the perspectives of engineering, policy, material science, and business. The professionals poised to benefit most from the expertise and skills shared through this course include:

  • Climate Consortium members who aim to vastly accelerate the implementation of large-scale, real-world solutions to meet climate change challenges, while inspiring transformative climate progress across industries and across the globe.
  • Industries and sectors that are very material-sensitive wanting to mitigate the impact that they have on the environment and seek out more sustainable and effective methods in the construction process of their materials.
  • Managerial level audience (every industry including finance) seeking to develop an understanding of the concepts of infrastructure development and engineering.
  • Major companies in Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries to promote an international, beneficial, and sustainable influence in their economies
  • *In addition, professionals in the fields of marketing, sales, business development, market analysis, consulting, policy, and entrepreneurship will also benefit from the resources offered in this program.

*We recommend that functional and multifunctional teams participate in the program together to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices.

Meet the Faculty of this program*

*Faculty are listed in alphabetical order 
Professor of Building Technology Program in the Department of Architecture in MIT | Director of MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative

PROF. JOHN E. FERNÁNDEZ

“There is an enormous amount of evidence showing that the continued attention and commitment to sustainability is having an effect in the real world”

Professor Fernández is first and foremost a practicing architect who has designed more than 2.5 million square feet of new construction in major cities around the world including New York City, Tokyo, and Shanghai.

His work in sustainability began with research regarding materials for high performance buildings, low energy residence, and urbanization.

• He founded the MIT Urban Metabolism Group to focus his research on the resource intensity of cities as well as on design and technology pathways for future urbanization, taking part in projects across four continents.

• He is a member of more than 15 organizations, the most prestigious of which being his role on the Board of Directors of the Building Envelope Technology and Environmental Council of the National Institute of Building Science; New Ecology, Inc; and the Center for Sustainable Energy of the Fraunhofer Institute.

• He is also a proud author of two books and numerous articles in scientific and design journals, as well as a speaker for conferences and symposia around the world.

Research scientist, MIT | Adjunct lecturer of public policy, Harvard Kennedy School

DR. AFREEN SIDDIQI

“As we optimize resource extraction and energy production and use, we need to shift our focus to understanding the interconnectedness of our finite resources.”

Siddiqi’s research develops systems-theoretic methods, with data-driven analysis, for novel insights to inform design, decisions, and policy for engineered systems. The methods combine simulation, optimization, and decision analysis. Her recent work has focused on new hydropower, desalination, waste-to-energy, and agriculture systems, and on understanding the systemic interconnections between water, energy, and food security.

• Siddiqi earned her B.S. in mechanical engineering, M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics, and Ph.D. in aerospace systems, all from MIT.

• Siddiqi earned her B.S. in mechanical engineering, M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics, and Ph.D. in aerospace systems, all from MIT.

• Siddiqi has co-authored one book and over 90 publications in some of the world’s foremost technical and scientific journals.

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, MIT

PROF. OLIVIER DE WECK

“Creating a sustainable system with extensive resource reuse and increasingly closed cycles is a complex optimization problem involving nature, materials, technology, economics, and human culture.”

De Weck is a leader in systems engineering research. His focus is on how complex human-made systems such as aircraft, spacecraft, automobiles, printers, and critical infrastructures are designed and how they evolve over time. His main emphasis is on strategic properties that have the potential to maximize lifecycle value and minimize planned obsolescence.

Since 2001, de Weck’s group has developed original quantitative methods and tools that explicitly consider manufacturability, flexibility, commonality, and sustainability, among other characteristics. De Weck’s teaching emphasizes excellence, innovation, and the irrefutable bridge between theory and practice.

• De Weck holds a degree in industrial engineering from ETH Zurich and an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT.

• He earned his Ph.D. in aerospace systems from MIT.

• De Weck was an engineering program manager on the F/A-18 aircraft program at McDonnell Douglas.

Are you ready to affect continual positive change in your organization and society?

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