Category: General Earth Institute

MS Alum Leads Green Initiatives at McGraw Hill Financial

by | 12.18.2014 at 10:49am
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Master of Science in Sustainability Management alum, Jaclyn Bouchard (’14) came into the program with an academic background in biology and energy management and professional experience working for sustainability-focused startup companies. The analytical and collaborative skills that Jaclyn acquired from the program propelled her to become the Manager of Corporate Responsibility at McGraw Hill Financial, one of the leading companies in credit ratings, benchmarks, and analytics. Jaclyn hopes to continue the McGraw Hill Financial’s efficiency projects and initiatives through her position.

Paths to Decarbonization: A Live Twitter Q&A

by | 12.17.2014 at 1:57pm
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@UNSDSN is hosting a live Twitter Q&A on Friday, Dec. 19, from 1-2 p.m. EST with Jim Williams, chief scientist at Energy and Environmental Economics Inc. and lead author on the U.S. Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project report. You can send in your questions before and during the live chat on Twitter or Facebook by using #USDDPP.

2015 Internships at Center for Sustainable Investment

by | 12.15.2014 at 5:51pm
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The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment is accepting applications for internship positions for the spring 2015 and summer 2015 semesters. Interns are staffed to one or more specific research projects depending on the background and interests of the particular applicant. Internships are generally unpaid, though some paid opportunities are available. Select work-study administrative positions are also available, and course credit can be granted in some cases.

MPA Alum Focuses on China’s Energy System

by | 12.12.2014 at 5:29pm
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In his role as an Economic Analyst at the Environmental Defense Fund, Sheng Yan (MPA-ESP ’13) is able to combine his scientific knowledge and management skills to create long-term change in his native China.

Talking Climate: a New Guide to More Effective Communication

by | 12.11.2014 at 3:30pm
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What motivates people to accept or reject climate change? What do personal and political values have to do with it? How can you best get your message across? A new guide to climate change communication offers some of the answers.

Linking Climate, Security and Development to Fragility in Haiti

by | 12.11.2014 at 11:11am
Fall 2014 Haiti Dialogue Series focused on climate, security, and development linkages in Haiti where discussants spoke about how sensitivity and perceptions of climate in program design and policy priorities. Photo of Roger-Mark DeSouza from the Woodrow Wlison Center's Environmental Change and Security Program. Photo Credit: Elisabeth Sydor, CIESIN.

As part of the Fall 2014 Haiti Dialogue Series organized by the Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program, a group of faculty, researchers, students and policymakers gathered to discuss the latest research linking climate change, natural hazards, development and fragility in Haiti.

Sustainable Development Fall 2014 Workshop Briefings

by | 12.11.2014 at 12:03am
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This fall, students in the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development unveiled innovative solutions for sustainability issues as part of their Capstone Workshop. Under the guidance of professors Stuart Gaffin and Radley Horton, students worked as consultants for organizations such as the United States Military Academy at West Point, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and New York City’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency. On December 5th, students gathered to present their final briefing to fellow Columbia University students, faculty and staff. Read more about the projects below.

Capstone: Hands-on Solutions to Real-World Challenges

by | 12.10.2014 at 10:08am
Members of the Impact Investing Capstone Workshop team pause for a photo with their faculty advisor, Jessica Prata.

Each semester, M.S. in Sustainability Management students must draw on both the practical skills and the analytical knowledge they have gained in order to address crucial sustainability management issues as consultants for a real-world client as part of the Integrative Capstone Workshop. Last week, students made presentations about projects that they are conducting on climate resilience, waste management, sustainable operations, impact investing, and transportation. The clients range from the Staten Island Ferry to the Buenos Aires City Government.

Earth Institute Offers Funding for Student Initiatives

by | 12.10.2014 at 10:00am

In an effort to better support students in their efforts to raise awareness about sustainability on campus, the Earth Institute is making available funding for the new Student Initiatives Support Program, offering grants of up to $250 each semester to support students who wish to host conferences, panels and other events at Columbia University that relate to the work of the Earth Institute.

Sustainability Management Students & Alumni Attend Bloomberg ESG Training

by | 12.8.2014 at 4:51pm
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On Nov. 21, students and alumni of the M.S. in Sustainability Management program added to their arsenal of environmental knowledge and skills by participating in a half-day training session on Environmental, Social and Governance data and analysis at Bloomberg, LP. The seminar was co-taught by Madison Brown and Morgan Tarrant, two of Bloomberg’s analysts.