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Summer 2014 Earth Institute Internship Program Opportunities

by | 4.16.2014 at 10:00am

This spring, the Earth Institute is offering Columbia students opportunities to intern within various departments and research centers at the institute. All full-time Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply. These internships are funded at a rate of $15/hour for up to 35 hours per week. See below for the descriptions of these opportunities.

Transforming Urban Transport in Nairobi

by | 4.10.2014 at 12:47pm
Nairobi, Kenya Met Area CROPPED

In an effort to strengthen and expand public transport in Nairobi, Kenya, the Volvo Research & Educational Foundations is partnering with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development on a new project to improve accessibility in the city.

Student Research Showcase 2014

by | 4.7.2014 at 1:55pm
Students discuss research outcomes after video presentation.

The Earth Institute, Columbia University is proud to support student research in the areas of environment and sustainable development at the annual Student Research Showcase on April 25, 2014. Student interns, research assistants and travel grant recipients, and their Faculty and Research Advisors, will be honored for their research contributions that ranged in topics from biodiversity, urban planning, earth sciences to international development.

Aruba’s Sustainability Agenda

by | 4.2.2014 at 11:23am
A recently built wind farm in Aruba supplies 20% of the island’s electricity. Photo: PM Mike Eman presentation

For many people, the island of Aruba probably generates images of Caribbean vacations and sunny beach resorts. However, those images should also include wind turbines, solar panels and renovated infrastructure, to capture the sustainability agenda that is moving Aruba towards a fossil fuel-free economy.

Last week, Earth Institute Executive Director Steven Cohen hosted the prime minister of Aruba, Mike Eman, for a discussion on Aruba’s Vision for Creating Sustainable Prosperity. The talk was attended by students from a wide range of Columbia’s sustainability programs, as well as local Arubans, several Aruban delegates, and members of the New York City community.

Managing Energy Efficiency: Translating Policy into Action

by | 3.18.2014 at 3:12pm

It seems logical that conserving energy is good for everyone: reducing carbon pollution is good for the environment, and conserving resources makes financial sense. Yet, getting customers to participate in cost-saving, energy-efficient programs is not as straightforward as one might think. To examine this issue further, on March 13, the Earth Institute co-hosted, with the Center on Global Energy Policy, a panel event with energy experts from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (and across public and private sectors), who discussed energy efficiency and what needs to happen to encourage people to take part in these programs.

Helping Consumers See the Green Behind Fuel Economy

by | 3.11.2014 at 2:11pm
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New research from the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions sheds light on how best to present information on U.S. fuel economy labels. Consumers choose fuel-efficient vehicles more frequently when fuel economy is expressed in terms of the cost of gas on a long term, 100,000-mile scale. The scale currently used on the U.S. fuel economy label (15,000 miles per year) produced the weakest preference for fuel-efficient vehicles in this study.

Diminishing Ice Intensifies Spotlight on Arctic

by | 3.10.2014 at 1:54pm
Alpine Oil Field, Alaska

As the arctic region loses ice in a changing climate, the economic and social tradeoffs are unclear. How will we balance economic, social and environmental functions? The Center on Global Energy Policy and the Consulate General of Canada in New York will examine these questions in a discussion on March 26: “Understanding the Arctic Resource Challenge: Canada and U.S. Perspectives.”

Using Technology for Development in NYC

by | 2.27.2014 at 11:05am
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Very little has been discussed on how information and communication technologies can provide opportunity to middle and lower-income citizens in developed countries and cities, such as New York City and its five boroughs. New data released by the Census Bureau shows that even as the recession has ended, the city’s poverty rate continues to increase and the gap between the rich and poor continues to increase.

What To Do with NYC’s 33 Million Pounds of Daily Waste

by | 2.21.2014 at 4:45pm
composting lower e side ecology center snip

Typically in New York City, each person generates four pounds of waste every day. This means over eight million people generating about 33 million pounds of waste, every day. Think of the impact that composting and recycling could have on reducing even just half of this waste. Educating people on these issues is the mission of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, a non-profit organization that works toward a more sustainable New York City.

An Inside Look at “The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love”

by | 2.21.2014 at 12:00pm

This semester, the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development was pleased to host Carey Clinton, Regional Recruiter, and BriAnne Watkins, Assessment Specialist Recruiter, of the Peace Corps at the Earth Institute as part of the Sustainability Speaker Series.