Grant Gutierrez’ passion for energy resources has led him to further explore the relationship between its application, development and consumption. He is hoping that his studies in anthropology and sustainable development will help him reshape the way people think about energy and the resources available. As a recipient of the Undergraduate Sustainable Development Global Fellows Grant lived in Chile over the summer and conducted ethnographic research on energy development in the country.
In an effort to better support students in their efforts to raise awareness about sustainability on campus, the Earth Institute is making available funding for the new Student Initiatives Support Program, offering grants of up to $250 each semester to support students who wish to host conferences, panels and other events at Columbia University that relate to the work of the Earth Institute.
The Office of Academic and Research Programs, Academic Initiatives, is looking for an intern to assist with the Sustainability Essentials Training Program during the fall 2014 semester.
“A large portion of my day to day work can be boiled down to problem solving and project management. I was lucky enough to get a good foundation of project management skills from my capstone class. If you can influence a class of second semester seniors to get their section of the project done early, working with coworkers to get information you need will seem easy.”
We created CliMates in 2011. Our dream was to find new ways for youth worldwide to work together on climate change. In less than a year, CliMates grew into a network of several hundred students and young professionals across all continents and from different academic backgrounds. This year, the 2nd CliMates International Summit will take place in New York City from Aug. 25-29. This event will experiment with new ways to educate and train participants, introducing them to new approaches to dealing with climate issues.
The Global MDP Association and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network are hosting the 2nd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice at Columbia University.
Last spring, students in the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development identified real solutions for sustainability issues as part of their Capstone Workshop in Sustainable Development. Under the guidance of professors Stuart Gaffin and Radley Horton, students worked as consultants for the United States Military Academy at West Point and McEnroe Organic Farm. On May 8, students gathered to present their final briefing to Columbia University students, faculty and staff.
In terms of the urgent need to reform agriculture, address climate change and promote sustainable watershed development, the Indian government’s new budget provides for a number of promising initiatives.
Once again this year the Earth Institute is a beneficiary of Climate Ride, the national bike ride to raise charitable donations for and awareness about sustainability, active transportation, and environmental causes. Participants can select the Earth Institute as a grant recipient when riding in any 2014 Climate Ride event, and anyone can support one or more riders with a donation toward their personal fundraising goals for the event.