The Roosevelt Project

A New Deal for Employment, Energy and Environment


“…. We’re going to have to straddle between the world as it is and the world as we want it to be, and build that bridge… that’s when we can start creating political coalitions that will listen to us, because we’re actually recognizing that some people have some real concerns about what this transition is going to do to them, to their pocketbook, and we’ve got to make sure that they feel like they’re being heard in this whole process.”

President Barack Obama
South Lawn Panel Discussion on Climate Change
October 3, 2016


The Roosevelt Project takes a multidisciplinary approach to examine the transitional challenges associated with progress toward a deeply decarbonized U.S. economy. The project aims to chart a path forward through the transition that minimizes worker and community dislocations and enables at-risk communities to sustain employment levels by taking advantage of the economic opportunities present for regional economic development. The first phase of the project involves an assessment of crosscutting topics related to the transition, which is represented in the links below. The second phase of the project involves developing regional action plans for individual Case Studies, working with local partners on the ground in specific transition contexts. The project was initiated by former Secretary of Energy, Ernest J. Moniz, and engages a breadth of MIT and Harvard faculty and researchers across academic domains including Economics, Engineering, Sociology, Urban Studies and Planning, and Political Science.


About the Project

Project Team

Case Studies



Report Sponsor

The Roosevelt Project participants thank the Emerson Collective for sponsoring this work and for their continued leadership on issues at the intersection of social justice and environmental stewardship.