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.

Recent Posts

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Educated Girls Uncover Unmet Design Needs

Flip through any fashionable design annual, and you’ll read of something called “Human Centered Design.” The practice of HCD places emphasis on user testing, interviews, field research and high-touch iterations to solve problems. As contemporary design, and especially sustainable design, increasingly comes to rely on HCD-inspired techniques, greater attention is being paid to social features.

by |July 28, 2015
Recent MS in Sustainability Management graduate Luke Apicella

Using Impact Investing to Profit Within the Limits of Nature

Recent M.S. in Sustainability Management graduate Luke Apicella works as an impact investor in the Office of Corporate Social Responsibility at Prudential. In this role, he provides investment recommendations based on social, environmental and financial merits. Luke credits the program with giving him skills to analyze actual deals, furthering his passion for finding ways to profit within “nature’s ability to regenerate ecosystems and resources.”

by |July 15, 2015
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Apply Now for Fall Curriculum Grading Assistant Posts

The Sustainability Management program is seeking candidates for curriculum and grading assistant positions for the fall 2015 semester. Read on for details.

by |June 19, 2015
MS in Sustainability Management student Zach Bogoshian

Bringing a Passion for Nature to the Business World

Inspired by his childhood fascination with the outdoors, current Sustainability Management student Zach Bogoshian joined the program to implement lessons from nature to our current environmental challenges. In the program, this hopeful notion has manifested itself as a passion for creating innovative networks to connect people with sustainable solutions that don’t discount financial return. As Zach says, “If sustainability doesn’t make economic sense, the intrinsic motivation generated by pursuing sound environmental outcomes simply is not enough to effect change on the scale we need.”

by |June 19, 2015
Michele Aquino

Student Sows the Seeds for Career in Sustainable Agriculture

After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, current Sustainability Management student Michele Aquino was drawn to the program because he saw the need for sustainable programming in development interventions. Since starting the program, Michele has gotten involved with various projects on campus, including working with his fellow MS students to submit a prospectus for the Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge that would propose a land restoration and sustainable palm oil production program for smallholder farmers. Upon graduating in May, Michele hopes to pursue a career in the food processing and consumer packaged goods space or exploring the field of clean energy.

by |May 7, 2015
MS in Sustainability Management alum Marisa Hanson ('14)

Capstone Project Prepares Alum for Energy Efficiency Career

Sustainability Management alumna Marisa Hanson (’14) has gone from working on a capstone workshop project to design a national building retrofit program for Montenegro to a role as program specialist for a residential energy efficiency program in Santa Barbara, CA. Marisa has focused her sustainability career on making a significant difference on a local level.

by |April 30, 2015
Mindy Lubber

Ceres President Mindy Lubber to Talk on Sustainable Finance

Sustainable investment leader Mindy S. Lubber, president of the Boston-based Ceres, will speak on “Using the Tools of the System to Sustain the Planet” at a special Earth Day class session on April 22.

by |April 13, 2015
M.S. in Sustainability Management alum John Haugen ('13)

Entrepreneurial MS Alum Finds Sustainable Solutions alongside Former Classmates

Alumnus John Haugen (‘13) began his career in a Chicago management consulting firm with a focus on marketing and data analytics. After living and working in Chicago for six years, John decided that he wanted to continue his career as a consultant in New York, but with an added focus on sustainability. Upon graduating from the program, he, along with two of his former MSSM classmates, co-founded Third Partners LLC, a sustainability consulting firm which advises organizations on GHG emissions reporting, sustainable marketing, branding, and energy efficiency.

by |April 8, 2015
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Apply Now for Summer Curriculum Grading Assistant Posts

The Sustainability Management program is seeking candidates for the following curriculum and grading assistant positions for the summer 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.

by |April 1, 2015
MS in Sustainability Management student Laura Tajima

Sustainability Management Student Develops Passion for Energy Analysis

“I was a little nervous coming into the MSSM program, as my educational and professional background seemed atypical,” says student Laura Tajima. “However, I found that there is no ‘typical’ background. I’ve collaborated with people from finance and architecture; those who have worked in the oil industry and fashion industry; people from all over the world and those who grew up in the city.”

by |March 26, 2015