General Earth Institute

Current MS in Sustainability Management Student Jocelyn Gan

Effective Communication Helps Lower Energy Use

Current Master of Science in Sustainability Management student Jocelyn Gan is a programs associate at Building Energy Exchange. In this role, Jocelyn manages the Daylight Hour social media campaign, an annual event that encourages offices to turn off the lights for one hour in day-lit spaces to raise awareness about the role daylight can play in offices and reduce their environmental footprint.

by |November 12, 2015
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ESP Alum Focuses on International Development and Conservation

Ashley Toombs, a 2015 graduate of the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program, recently joined BRAC USA, a poverty alleviation and international development organization founded in the 1970s in Bangladesh and now operating in 12 countries in Asia and Africa.

by |November 5, 2015
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How to Have the Climate Change Conversation

On Thursday, October 29, the Earth Institute and the School of International of Public Affairs hosted a panel on Sustainability and Climate Change in the 2016 Presidential Race. The panel was moderated by Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press. The panelists discussed how to frame the climate change conversation in such a polarized political environment.

by |November 2, 2015

Student Profile: Chelsea McGimpsey

After studying Zoology and Environmental Science as an undergrad at Miami University, Chelsea McGimpsey worked in a variety of capacities in the field of animal conservation. Chelsea hopes to combine her conservation experience with her new education in policy and management in order to implement environmental change where it is needed the most.

by |September 15, 2015
The Island of Manhattan. Image from the Wildlife Conservation Society


People are sometimes startled
By falcons perched on balconies, raccoons slinking through the park,
Bluefish blitzing herring up the river, coyotes tracing train tracks.
Isn’t it amazing, or isn’t it disturbing, we say,
A creature’s daring foray into our hard-paved empire.

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

Apply to Work as an Intern in the Executive Director’s Office

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student at Columbia or Barnard interested in sustainability and the environment? Are you looking for a paid internship for the fall? Apply by this Friday, August 28th, to intern in the Executive Director’s office.

by |August 24, 2015
Current MS in Sustainability Management student Jeremy Simpson

Sustainability Management Student Streamlines National Recycling Programs

Current Master of Science in Sustainability Management student Jeremy Simpson joined the program because it allowed him to examine his interests in economics, business, and operations research through the lens of sustainability. Jeremy was inspired to work in sustainability because he believes that it is the best way to make a positive impact globally. Now he is doing just that as an analyst at Recyclebank, a startup company that helps communities across the United States to improve their residential recycling programs by providing economic incentives to residents.

by |August 14, 2015
MS in Sustainability Management alum Tara Helms ('15)

Recent MS Graduate Brings Sustainability to L’Oreal

Master of Science in Sustainability Management graduate Tara Helms (’15) has a background in supply chain management in the energy sector and was drawn to the program as a way to shift her focus towards sustainability. Throughout her time in the program, Tara took advantage of various networking and certification courses and served as a Curriculum and Grading Assistant. Recently, Tara landed a new job with the new product development team at L’Oreal.

by |August 7, 2015
Photo: Be Girl

Educated Girls Uncover Unmet Design Needs

Flip through any fashionable design annual, and you’ll read of something called “Human Centered Design.” The practice of HCD places emphasis on user testing, interviews, field research and high-touch iterations to solve problems. As contemporary design, and especially sustainable design, increasingly comes to rely on HCD-inspired techniques, greater attention is being paid to social features.

by |July 28, 2015