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.

Sustainability Management Student Develops Passion for Energy Analysis

by | 3.26.2015 at 3:14pm
MS in Sustainability Management student Laura Tajima

Master of Science in Sustainability Management student Laura Tajima came from an educational background, having experience managing cross-cultural education programs and developing curricula that engaged international scholars to speak about their personal experiences with global environmental issues. Currently, Laura works as an intern with the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, working with energy []

Sustainability Management Alum Directs Energy towards Renewables

by | 3.18.2015 at 4:15pm
MS in Sustainability Management alum Jason Prince ('14)

Prior to joining the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program, alum Jason Prince (’14) worked as a wilderness guide in his native Canada, taking youth on backcountry canoe trips emphasizing leave no trace practices. Jason has also worked for a non-profit that focused on community development in Central America where he undertook a project to integrate small-scale solar installations at schools, and to promote the use of sustainable building materials. Currently, Jason works at Karbone, an integrated renewable energy and environmental markets company, as the Director of Research.

MS Student Work Inspired by Waste Management

by | 3.4.2015 at 1:52pm
MS in Sustainability Management student Agustina Besada

Current Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MSSM) student Agustina Besada was inspired to work in sustainability because of her interest in waste management. “I always found it interesting how materials generate so much waste during their processing and transportation and knew that this system had the potential to be more efficient,” Agustina says. Agustina’s self-proclaimed “love for trash” eventually inspired her to co-found a consulting company that developed alternatives to reprocess waste that companies generate and turn it into a valuable resource in her native Argentina. Recently, Agustina finished interning at Greyston Bakery, where she measured their environmental and social impact in addition to drafting the company’s 2014 sustainability report.

Earth Institute Launches Student Sustainability Solutions Website

by | 2.11.2015 at 11:54am | 1 Comment
Sustainable Solutions Website HP

A new Earth Institute website – Student Sustainability Solutions – showcases more than 200 projects that students have completed for some of the most notable governmental and non-profit organizations in the world. The website is also a repository of analysis and innovation across nearly every major sustainability issue, including biodiversity, climate change, and environmental justice.

MS Student Aims for Career in ESG Measurement

by | 1.22.2015 at 11:23am
M.S. in Sustainability Management Student Divya Bendre

Current Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MSSM) student Divya Bendre had just completed postgraduate work in Policy Studies and was working in management consulting in Singapore when she stumbled upon an article by Steve Cohen entitled “Educating Sustainability Professionals” that changed the trajectory of her career path. Divya joined the program because she felt the flexible curriculum would help her to combine her interest in sustainability with her academic and professional experiences. After the program, Divya hopes to continue her work in ESG measurement, disclosure, and investment space.

Alum Focuses on Future of Sustainability Technology & Climate Resilience

by | 1.15.2015 at 12:19pm
M.S. in Sustainability Management alumnus Gregory Falco ('12)

Gregory Falco, an alumnus of the first graduating class of Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MSSM) program, recently published a paper, entitled Climate Resilience Goes Digital, illustrating cutting-edge concepts on the future of digital climate resilience, which he hopes will transform the sustainability industry. Prior to attending the MSSM program, Greg was a Sustainability Strategist at Accenture; but upon the completion of his degree, he was promoted to become one of the youngest executives at Accenture at the age of 24. He hopes to continue to be part of the solution where sustainability goals are met through the strategic use of digital technologies.

MS Student Sets Sights on Renewable Energy Finance

by | 1.8.2015 at 12:26pm
M.S. in Sustainability Management student Janice Tran

Prior to joining the Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MSSM) program, current student Janice Tran interned with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs as well as with JPMorgan Chase as an EDF Climate Corps Fellow. She believes in managing carbon emissions without compromising economic growth and credits the MSSM program’s diverse array of courses has helped her develop skills and gain tools to effectively pursue this goal.

MS Alum Leads Green Initiatives at McGraw Hill Financial

by | 12.18.2014 at 10:49am
Jaclyn Bouchard

Master of Science in Sustainability Management alum, Jaclyn Bouchard (’14) came into the program with an academic background in biology and energy management and professional experience working for sustainability-focused startup companies. The analytical and collaborative skills that Jaclyn acquired from the program propelled her to become the Manager of Corporate Responsibility at McGraw Hill Financial, one of the leading companies in credit ratings, benchmarks, and analytics. Jaclyn hopes to continue the McGraw Hill Financial’s efficiency projects and initiatives through her position.

Capstone: Hands-on Solutions to Real-World Challenges

by | 12.10.2014 at 10:08am
Members of the Impact Investing Capstone Workshop team pause for a photo with their faculty advisor, Jessica Prata.

Each semester, M.S. in Sustainability Management students must draw on both the practical skills and the analytical knowledge they have gained in order to address crucial sustainability management issues as consultants for a real-world client as part of the Integrative Capstone Workshop. Last week, students made presentations about projects that they are conducting on climate resilience, waste management, sustainable operations, impact investing, and transportation. The clients range from the Staten Island Ferry to the Buenos Aires City Government.

Sustainability Management Students & Alumni Attend Bloomberg ESG Training

by | 12.8.2014 at 4:51pm | 1 Comment
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On Nov. 21, students and alumni of the M.S. in Sustainability Management program added to their arsenal of environmental knowledge and skills by participating in a half-day training session on Environmental, Social and Governance data and analysis at Bloomberg, LP. The seminar was co-taught by Madison Brown and Morgan Tarrant, two of Bloomberg’s analysts.