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SA+P’s growing role in MIT’s Energy Initiative

Mise-en-scene of light-redirecting materials from Marilyne Andersen's project to evaluate fenestration systems.
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Mise-en-scene of light-redirecting materials from Marilyne Andersen's project to evaluate fenestration systems.

Nearly a third of 13 new projects recently funded by the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) are being led by faculty in the School of Architecture + Planning.

Established as a top priority by President Susan Hockfield in September 2006, MITEI is an Institute-wide initiative designed to help transform the global energy system to meet the needs of the future, and to help build a bridge to that future by improving today's energy systems.

To date, MITEI's seed fund program has supported more than 50 early stage research proposals plus ignition and planning grants, including previous grants to SA+P professors Marilyne Andersen, John Fernandez, Michael Flaxman, Judith Layzer and Les Norford. Of the four new projects at SA+P, two have received seed grants — funding that lasts from one to two years — and two have been awarded shorter-term ‘planning grants’.

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