Author: Alyssa Rome

Alyssa Rome

Alyssa Rome is the Program Manager for the M.S. in Sustainability Management Program at the Earth Institute. The M.S. in Sustainability Management, co-sponsored by the Earth Institute and Columbia’s School of Continuing Education, trains students to tackle complex and pressing environmental and managerial challenges. The program requires the successful completion of 36 credit points. Those credit points are divided among five comprehensive content areas: integrative sustainability management, economics and quantitative analysis, the physical dimensions of sustainability, the public policy environment of sustainability management, and general and financial management.

Apply Now for Spring Curriculum Grading Assistant Posts

by | 11.20.2014 at 5:02pm

The Sustainability Management program is seeking candidates for the following curriculum and grading assistant positions for the spring 2015 semester. The assistants are responsible for attending class sessions, holding weekly office hours for students, addressing student inquiries, reviewing course material with the instructor, and assisting in the grading of problem sets and examinations. The stipend for these positions for spring 2015 is $5,000.

Iubeste-ti Riul: How ‘Love Your River’ Is Spreading Environmental Stewardship in Moldova

by | 11.17.2014 at 11:04am
High school students from Chisinau involved in biological water quality monitoring and the co-leaders of NEC showing off a “Love Your River!” sign.  Aquanauts members in the photo (left to right) include Kalena Gravina: Aquanauts Vice-President and MSSM Candidate, Juan Colombo: Aquanauts Finance & Development Officer and MSSM Candidate, and Alex VandenBroek: Aquanauts President and MSSM Candidate.

Where roads cross the Bic River in the country of Moldova, you will likely notice “Love Your River” signs. It is a simple unclaimed request, devoid of self-promotion yet very personal to all that read it. In these three simple, yet profound words, those signs tell the story of the National Environmental Center (NEC), a four member NGO working to persuade their country to adopt water stewardship in a place where both political and physical infrastructures have long been neglected. This past August, members of the Columbia Aquanauts student group traveled to Moldova for a week to work with NEC and learn about the country’s environmental issues.

MS Alums Identify Ways to Improve Sustainability Data Management

by | 11.6.2014 at 11:29am
Taken on the rooftop of Manufacture NY, a hybrid fashion incubator and factory and pilot partner of the Tennaxia CSR Data Solution. (From left to right: Kristina Alnes ’14, Charlotte Peyraud ‘14, Christopher Economides ’14, Angeline Kong anticipated ‘15)

Over the past few months, three 2014 graduates of the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program Kristina Alnes, Charlotte Peyraud, and Christopher Economides along with current MSSM student Angeline Kong have been studying the U.S. market for sustainability and CSR data management solutions. The team—dubbed the ReScore Project Group— published their finding this week in the report, titled Effective CSR Data Management: How Software Solutions Can Drive A Sustainable Future.

Lessons From Germany: Can the US Succeed With Its Own Energiewende?

by | 10.30.2014 at 1:44pm
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Last month, M.S. in Sustainability Management alum Katrina Prutzman (’14) was selected to be a part of the Transatlantic Program for Young Technology Leaders organized by the German American Chamber of Commerce. As a member of this group, Katrina took part in a delegation trip to Germany in which attendees focused on the theme of Smart Grid and Energy Storage. Katrina recently wrote about a few key takeaways from her trip regarding ideas that the United States can learn from Germany’s energy transition on Green Tech Media.

MS Student Advocates for Sustainable Fashion

by | 10.23.2014 at 10:20am
MS in Sustainability Management student Ruth Penniston

After working in the University of Arizona’s Laboratory of Tree Ring Research, current Master of Science in Sustainability Management student Ruth Penniston joined the program with the intention of helping to bridge the gap between scientists and the rest of the world. Recently, Ruth began an internship at a sustainable fashion company, Modavanti, where she communicates her passion for the environment through advocating for sustainable fashion choices to the consumers. She strongly believes individuals should be given options for a more sustainable lifestyle and be educated about the benefits these options entail.

MS Professor Looks to Past for Future Drought Mitigation

by | 10.17.2014 at 12:41pm
A dust storm engulfs Stratford, Texas in April of 1935. The drought of 1934 was likely made worse by dust storms triggered by the poor agricultural practices of the time.
Credit: NOAA/George E. Marsh Album

M.S. in Sustainability Management professor Ben Cook often tells his students that the past can provide critical lessons for how we manage sustainability challenges now and in the future. Thus, it is not surprising that Cook, whose research at the Earth Institute’s Lamont-Dougherty Earth Observatory focuses on drought, hydroclimate, and interactions between the land surface and climate system, recently found that the drought of 1934 was caused in part by an atmospheric phenomenon that may also be the reason for California’s current drought. Cook, along with fellow climate scientists Richard Seager and Jason Smerdon, focus on the 1934 drought in a study that was featured by the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Reclaiming Butte through New Uses for Reclaimed Areas

by | 10.9.2014 at 11:32am
Students taking a walk along the Missoula Gulch, one of the major waterways in Butte during heavy rainstorms. Missoula Creek was one of the places where gold was first discovered, leading to Butte's founding. The mining industry filled the creek with waste rock and mine tailings, which contain arsenic, lead, sulfur, and other toxins. Through Superfund cleanup investment, a 22" soil cap was laid over the tailings and seeded with grasses. The base of the gulch was reinforced with a concrete culvert to reduce erosion.

This weekend, students from Montana State University in Bozeman and Columbia University in New York gathered to generate ideas to use Butte’s reclaimed Superfund areas as more than vast swaths of grassland, but as places to foster community participation.

MS Students Supplement Coursework with Trip to Hunt’s Point Market

by | 10.3.2014 at 10:42am
M.S. in Sustainability Management Professor Lynnette Widder's Hungry City Workshop course sponsored the trip to Hunt's Point Produce Market to give students a first-hand experience of the spaces required for urban-scale resource provision. (Photo: http://bronx.ny1.com/content/news/129480/hunts-point-market-bustles-ahead-of-holiday)

On Wednesday, September 17, students in Professor Lynnette Widder’s Hungry City Workshop participated in a trip to the Hunts Point Produce Market in the South Bronx, the largest produce market in the world. Professor Widder, whose course focuses on understanding urban resource flows in qualitative and quantitative terms, sponsored the trip to give students a first-hand experience of the spaces required for urban-scale resource provision. Located in an area of high unemployment, the market’s use of relatively labor-intensive work flows still makes sense. Around 80% of the market’s employees live in the Bronx.

Featured Video: Sustainability Management Alumni Advance Careers

by | 9.24.2014 at 1:53pm
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Alumni of the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program are cultivating meaningful careers in both the public and private spheres. The featured video highlights alums working in a variety of capacities including Erin McNally (’13), a Project Manager and Energy Efficiency Consultant at Luthin Associates; Adam Gordon (’14), an Account Manager for Supply Chain at CDP; Henry Gordon-Smith (’13), the Director of Global Strategy at Blue Planet Environmental; and Masika Henson (’14), a fellow at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

MS Student Prepares for Career as Corporate Sustainability Strategist

by | 9.18.2014 at 3:18pm
MS in Sustainability Management student Ame Igharo

Current Master of Science in Sustainability Management student Ame Igharo is new to the field of sustainability but in her time at Columbia has developed a deeper understanding of the subject and the skills necessary for her to succeed in her goal of becoming a corporate sustainability strategist.