Jason Jay

Lecturer, Sustainability
Director, Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan


Jason JayJason Jay is a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan.

He teaches courses on leadership, strategy, and innovation for sustainable business. Jason engages students and alumni in hands-on projects with leading companies and organizations. These efforts help build a community of innovators for sustainability that includes MIT students and alumni, faculty and researchers, with partners in business, government, NGOs, and hybrid organizations.

Jason's own research focuses on how people navigate the tensions inherent in the quest for sustainability, as they simultaneously pursue their own self-interest and the flourishing of human and other life. This investigation includes deep case studies of cross-sectoral collaboration and hybrid organizations that combine social and business goals. It also includes action research efforts that help people cultivate authentic, effective conversations about sustainability and escape common pitfalls of excessive moral and intellectual certainty. Energy efficiency has proven a useful context to explore these questions; Jay has conducted an ethnographic study of the Cambridge Energy Alliance, and serves as a research partner and facilitator for the EDF Climate Corps program and its network of companies.

Alongside these efforts, Jason is an active leader of sustainability efforts across MIT. Through the MIT Sustainable Societies Research Group, he brings together scholars from across the Institute to examine the invention, implementation, and transformation required for a sustainable society. He has helped improve the energy and environmental footprint of the MIT campus by founding the MIT Generator and the 'Greening MIT' community engagement campaign, and serves as founding member of the Campus Energy “Walk the Talk” Task Force.

Prior to MIT, Jay ran an Internet startup, traveled around the world, taught kindergarten in a progressive preschool, and worked as a consultant with Dialogos International, where he consulted on leadership development and organizational change for major international corporations and NGO's including BP, the World Bank, and the Instituto Libertad y Democracia.

Jay holds an AB in psychology and a Master's in education from Harvard University, and a PhD in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Faculty Media

  • The PROMISE of a Systems Approach to Sustainability

    In this webinar, MIT Sloan’s Jason Jay will give an overview of the PROMISE framework, that analyzes sustainability at Personal, Relational, Organizational, Market, Institutional, Social, and...

  • Innovating for a Sustainable World

    Jason Jay provides an overview of the MIT Sloan perspective on economic, social, and environmental sustainability, and introduction to the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan.

  • Video: How Stonyfield and SAP Are Building A Sustainable Product Lifecycle

    What does it take to build a business case for sustainability? Jason Jay, sustainability expert at the MIT Sloan School of Management, spoke with the sustainability chiefs at Stonyfield and SAP to...

  • Changing the Conversation on Climate Change

    The country has come a long way since the days when littering on the highway was acceptable behavior. But is that enough? Not really, says Jason Jay, Director of the MIT Sloan Initiative for...

  • Jason Jay: Sustainability Unleased, a Panel Discussion at MIT Sloan Reunion Weekend 2012

    Jason Jay, the Director of the MIT Initiative for Sustainable Business in Society, leads a panel discussion about amplifying the impact of sustainability projects.


Contact Information

Office: E62-362
Phone: (617) 253-0594
Email: jjay@mit.edu
Support Staff
Name: Gloria Diane Clark
Phone: (617) 324-6246

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