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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
In Honduras, 46 percent of the population lives in rural areas, and people must often travel long distances to get to the nearest pharmacy. This pharmacist is part of a network of 301 trained volunteers in a community pharmacy program run by FUDEIMFA, a partner of Global Partnerships. This network of women operate home-based pharmacies in their rural communities, providing local access to affordable anti-diarrheal medications, painkillers and other kinds of essential medicines. Photo © Global Partnerships.

Impact Partnerships, with Return on Investment

Philanthropy has evolved dramatically in recent years, changing the way individuals, organizations and foundations support the causes that concern them most. One manifestation of this evolution includes an array of sophisticated methods of investing in social causes while expecting a return, known as impact investing.

by |July 23, 2015
From the outside, a conflict may look immensely complex; but from the inside, it may appear as simple as "they" are the problem.

Complicate to Simplify: Lessons from Complexity Science

What our team found at this school in the Bronx is what we see in many intractable social problems. They spring from a complex constellation of ills, and the longer they last the more complicated they get. And the more simple they seem from the inside.

by |July 21, 2015
Foraminifera are tiny protists that live in the ocean. Most of them build shells of calcium carbonate. Their kind have lived in the ocean for millions of years. Photo: Kelly Strzepek.

Tiny Architects

Heaved upwards from your deep and watery grave,
From the quiet murk onto a chaotic, brine-encrusted ship deck,
You’re ever so carefully washed free from the mud,
From all the rinsings of continents that settled out of the sea with you
Like snow, softly entombing your remains.

by |July 10, 2015
steve-CCIEE-speech

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
The Vetlessen Prize 6-24-15

Vetlesen Science Prize Celebrated at Columbia Gala

Stephen Sparks, one of the world’s foremost experts on volcanoes, received the Vetlesen Prize for his groundbreaking scientific work at a ceremony held June 24 at Columbia University. Two-hundred-fifty people attended the formal gathering in the Low Library Rotunda.

by |June 30, 2015
This summer, a space probe that has been traveling for 9 years will finally reach Pluto. Image: JHUAPL/SwRI

Finding Pluto

Far away, a beloved dot
Arcs through cold and shrouded spaces,
Not lonely, as we had once thought,
But circled by more rocky faces:

by |June 26, 2015