Kelsie DeFrancia

Kelsie DeFrancia is the Program Manager for the Earth Institute's Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management. She received her M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Spanish from Westminster College in Utah. Prior to attending Columbia, DeFrancia worked for the U.S. Geological Survey performing field work and geospatial analysis and has experience working internationally with environmental conservation programs.

Recent Posts

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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In China, Establishing Indicators for Global Sustainable Development

Last weekend, Earth Institute executive director Steven Cohen and post-doctoral research scholar Dong Guo participated in the Fourth Global Think Tank Summit in Beijing, hosted by the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE). CCIEE, the preeminent think tank in China headed by the former vice premier, hosted hundreds of politicians, scholars, business leaders, and experts from nearly 30 countries at the summit.

by |July 2, 2015
Moderator Curtis Probst, MPA-ESP alum, with authors Alison Miller, Steven Cohen, and William Eimicke.

Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to a Cleaner Economy

On Tuesday, authors Steven Cohen, William Eimicke, and Alison Miller celebrated the release of their new book, Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to a Cleaner Economy. Moderated by Columbia MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alum Curtis Probst, the authors discussed the critical role of government and public policy in bringing about a sustainable economy at a book launch hosted by the Earth Institute and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

by |February 6, 2015
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Designing a Sustainability Framework for China

Earth Institute Executive Director Steven Cohen traveled to Beijing to formalize a partnership with the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, the preeminent think tank in China, to design sustainability metrics based on China’s unique development conditions.

by |October 23, 2014
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Driving Sustainability in China

In China, measuring sustainability is in a preliminary but progressive stage, and the government is playing a leading role in driving Chinese companies to go green. Behind the encouraging numbers, however, lie some less attractive facts.

by |February 26, 2014