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.

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
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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.

MS Alum Constructs Career for the Built Environment

by | 12.4.2014 at 10:51am
M.S. in Sustainability Management alum Steve Burke ('13)

M.S. in Sustainability Management alum Steve Burke (’14) has always had a passion for the built environment. Prior to joining the MSSM program, Steve interned at a sustainable design firm focused on residential retrofits, worked for a commercial sustainable flooring retailer and installer, and spent a year on an organic farm. Steve is also a certified solar installer in North Carolina as well as a building energy auditor and weatherization specialist. He currently works at Symmes Maini Mckee & Associates (SMMA), a multi-disciplinary architecture and engineering firm for sustainable efforts in the built environment. Steve hopes to continue his push for sustainable solutions until it becomes fully embedded within his work environment.

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).