Climate change presents an existential threat to human civilization, and the IPCC report of August 2021 sounds “a death knell for coal and fossil fuels before they destroy our planet." With cities generating more than 70% of current global CO2 emissions, and with 90% of future population growth occurring in urban areas, it is a societal imperative that cities rapidly transition to a low-carbon future. In addition, a rapid transition to a hybrid form of work that emphasizes entrepreneurship will impact how we conceive of central business districts, office buildings, housing, public spaces, and services.
This workshop will be a rapid-fire, high-level exploration of how to model socio-economic-environmental interventions that could enable low-carbon (ultimately zero-carbon), entrepreneurial cities, using the MIT-Kendall Square district as the case study. We will focus on two questions:
• What would be required for MIT-Kendall Square to achieve zero-carbon in 20 years?
• Can social performance be simultaneously increased to create a model entrepreneurship community?