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Mount Chirripó: Shaped by Glaciers or Tectonic Forces?

by | 6.6.2014 at 2:38pm
Max Cunningham

Lamont-Doherty graduate student Max Cunningham describes his upcoming research objectives on Costa Rica’s Mount Chirripó.

Combining Natural History Collections with Fisher Knowledge for Conservation in Fiji

by | 5.29.2014 at 11:22am
Photo by Helen Scales

A team of researchers from Columbia University and the Republic of Fiji has found a unique and time-effective way to improve the design of marine protected areas in on coastal fisheries in Fiji—and, potentially, around the world. This method, which was used to assess a proposed temporary fishery closure in the village of Nagigi, Fiji, is described in a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Abigail Golden of Columbia University and colleagues from Columbia, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the University of the South Pacific.

Alumna Takes Sustainable Development Degree to El Salvador

by | 4.29.2014 at 2:40pm
Hannah Perls with Chencho Alas, the Director of the Mesoamerican Peace Foundation, with whom she recently went to Honduras to observe some Appreciative Inquiry trainings he conducted with the LIBRE political party.

Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development alumna, Hannah Perls, takes her degree to El Salvador, where she is responsible for program development at Foundation Cristosal, a non-profit human rights NGO.

Sustainable Development Program Teaching Assistant Positions

by | 4.25.2014 at 4:49pm

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development is currently accepting applications for Fall 2014 Teaching Assistant positions.

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
Showcase 1

The Earth Institute, Columbia University was 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, were 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.

Students Explore Sustainability’s Role in Children’s Social Justice

by | 3.30.2014 at 11:56am

The Earth Institute was pleased to host Jessica O’Herron and Hillary Larman of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as part of the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development’s Speaker Series.

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.