Kelsie DeFrancia, Author at State of the Planet

Kelsie DeFrancia is Assistant Director of the Earth Institute’s Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management and a lecturer in sustainability management at Columbia’s School of Professional Studies.

Recent Posts

Collaborative Ecosystems in Sustainable Finance: Harnessing the Wisdom of Crowds

Financial markets are the primary directors of economic activity in a capitalist global society, but they also have an important societal role in encouraging investments that are beneficial to natural and human ecosystems.

by |May 11, 2018

Moving Towards 100% Renewable Energy: Drivers Behind City Policies and Pledges

As the United States federal government retreats from energy innovation and environmental regulation, local and regional efforts across the U.S. are scaling up.

by |April 24, 2018
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Turning Assessment into Action: Advancing China’s Urban Sustainability

How do you encourage cities to race to the top in sustainability performance?

by |February 8, 2018
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Sustainability Measurement in China: Fostering a Race to the Top

The Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management recently released the China Sustainable Development Indicator System, a new sustainability indicator framework and annual ranking of the sustainability performance of Chinese cities.

by |January 23, 2018

New Gift Will Bolster Sustainability Research Efforts in China

As part of a generous $2 million donation to Columbia University, the Earth Institute’s Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management will receive $700,000 to expand its research efforts on sustainability in China.

by |September 8, 2016

Developing a Sustainable Tourism Industry in China

Last week, members of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management traveled to Huizhou, China, to present their initial findings for a study on sustainable tourism for the IBM Smarter Cities initiative.

by |January 22, 2016

Cuomo’s Commitment to Addressing Climate Change

New York State has taken a progressive stand on climate change, pushing for renewable energy development and promising to curb greenhouse gas emissions. On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, joined by Vice President Al Gore at Columbia University, announced several new actions to increase New York State’s commitment to fighting climate change.

by |October 9, 2015

Natural Capital in Business Planning: Challenges and Opportunities

Natural capital—the world’s stocks of natural assets that include soil, air, and water—provides us with a great deal of services essential to human life and, increasingly, to companies’ bottom lines.

by |September 25, 2015

The State of Sustainability Management and Measurement in China

Sustainability management is more than an emerging field; it is a vital aspect of many organizations and economies across the globe. Today’s leaders have accepted this as fact, and interest in environmental sustainability is increasing at all levels of society, which makes incorporating sustainability into daily operations of great importance.

by |July 14, 2015

Embracing a New Environmental Era in China

As China incorporates environmental considerations into its economic planning process, its government appears to be carefully examining the relationship between sustainability and broader development goals.

by |July 8, 2015