Category: General Earth Institute

Fall Courses in Sustainability & Conservation

by | 9.2.2014 at 2:02pm
Executive

The Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES) at Columbia University invites you to enroll in courses this Fall via our Certificate Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability.

Faculty Profile: Robert Cook

by | 8.29.2014 at 11:55am
bob cook

For Robert Cook, an adjunct professor in the MPA in Environmental Science program, teaching allows him to share his unique experiences in veterinary medicine and conservation research with students as they delve into public policy legislation in the Workshop in Applied Earth Systems Management.

How Much Arsenic is Too Little?

by | 8.29.2014 at 10:12am
drinking water

Five hundred utilities in the United States currently provide drinking water with unsafe levels of arsenic, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. But determining the actual number of people who are getting too much arsenic in their water is much less clear, according to a study conducted in part by the Columbia Water Center and recently published in the American Water Works Association.

Reduce, Reuse and Re-(bi)cycle

by | 8.28.2014 at 3:42pm
Audra Stark, Climate Ride

Audra Stark plans to pedal 300 miles from New York City to Washington, D.C., from Sept. 20-24 to raise money for The Earth Institute and other organizations working on the issues of climate, environment and transportation. “Too often I’ve found myself and others complaining about and debating an issue without taking action in our daily lives,” she said. “Joining Climate Ride is one more way I can act on my lifelong concern about climate change, and take a further step on my personal road to a low carbon footprint.”

Practicum Introduces Students to Earth Institute Research

by | 8.27.2014 at 3:59pm
hurricane

Each fall the Earth Institute offers a broad survey of the applications of frontier research to the practice of sustainable development through contributions from Earth Institute researchers and directors in the Earth Institute Practicum. The practicum provides an opportunity to learn about salient issues in sustainable development, sustainability management and environmental science from world-class faculty and researchers in these areas.

MPA Students Explore Urban Parks

by | 8.25.2014 at 5:00pm
palmer

During the second half of the summer semester for Columbia University’s MPA class in Environmental Science and Policy program, the students extended their classroom learning on urban ecology to outdoor field trips in Brooklyn and the Bronx to focus on how restorations of wetlands, forests, and rivers are changing the city.

Faint Young Sun

by | 8.22.2014 at 10:31am
Image credit: Science online, J.F. Kasting

Through an ancient looking-glass,
Perhaps you’d see more H2 gas,
And if with denser gas collided,
Greater greenhouse warmth provided.

Reflections of a Changing North

by | 8.22.2014 at 8:48am
The Kullorsuaq waterfront. (Photo M. Turrin)

No one ever leaves the field the same way they entered it. Yes there is a new layer of mud on equipment, the expected wear and tear on your gear and your physical being. But also, an intangible shift in perspective.

Webinar Sept. 8 on Proposed Sustainable Development Goals

by | 8.21.2014 at 5:03pm
UN OWG SDG image18_1913

Researcher Magdalena A K Muir will present a live webinar, “The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Setting an Agenda for Sustainability,” as part of the Association for Environmental Studies and Educators Webinar Series.

Authors of Clean Air Act to Teach New Law Class

by | 8.21.2014 at 3:26pm
Leon G. Billings (left) and Thomas C. Jorling (right) will be teaching the Origins of Environmental Law class in the M.S. in Sustainability Management Program this fall.

In the 1970s, Congress enacted a series of environmental laws that defined the direction and character of environmental policy. This fall, the writers of that legislation will teach a new class at Columbia dedicated to the process that led to these seminal laws.