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The Challenging Question: What is Sustainable Development?

“Ever since I started studying sustainable development, the big question has always been how to define and speak about it. I have come to notice more and more how important this question is as I spend my days conversing with different people on the topic.”

by |September 11, 2015
Traffic jams like this one in Monrovia, Liberia, are one challenge for sustainable urban development, one of the topics of the Earth Institute Practicum series this fall. Photo: UN/Christopher Herwig

Practicum Introduces Students to Earth Institute Research

Each fall, the Earth Institute Practicum offers a broad survey of the applications of frontier research to the practice of sustainable development, taught by top faculty and researchers. The practicum meets weekly on Mondays.

by |September 9, 2015

Bringing Together Storm Tracks and Clouds

The storm tracks define the weather and climate in mid-latitudes. A recent workshop in Switzerland highlighted the important role that clouds play for the response of the storm tracks to climate change.

by |September 8, 2015
Park Williams

Q&A: Park Williams on Drought, Climate and ‘Cracking the Code’

“Future extremes are going to occur more and more frequently. In planning, we don’t need to plan for the 2 degree warming that we are aiming for as a globe, we need to plan for the 10 degree increase in a day, or the year when there’s no water. We need to plan for worst-case scenarios.”

by |September 4, 2015
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Internship with Center on Sustainable Investment

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute, is seeking an administrative assistant intern for Fall 2015.

by |August 20, 2015

The Most Valuable Skill? Creative Problem Solving

“It took taking the Intro to Sustainable Development class for me to understand that this major is not only immediately applicable and vitally important, but also varied and interesting enough to keep me engaged throughout my college experience. Put simply, I discovered the passion that I hadn’t realized was there all along.”

by |August 20, 2015
Blue chromis swim over pavona coral in French Polynesia. Photo: Michele Westmoorland.

Can We Save Coral Reefs?

We are losing coral reefs at an alarming rate and scientists believe that with business as usual they will likely be gone by the end of the century. However, better local management, coupled with new research on coral reef resilience and adaptability, may help buy some time for these indispensable ecosystems.

by |August 17, 2015
Jeffany Acosta SSFRP 2015

Fall 2015 Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunities

The Earth Institute will offer nine research assistant opportunities for undergraduate students during the fall 2015 semester.

by |August 13, 2015

Earth Institute Fall 2015 Internships

This fall, 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.

by |August 12, 2015

2015 Sustainable Development Departmental Honors

This past spring, two outstanding students, Noeleen Advani and Alyssa Menz, were selected for departmental honors in the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development.

by |August 6, 2015