Sustainability Archives - State of the Planet

Global Environment Report Card Sees Dirty Air, Failing Fisheries

Many countries are making progress on improving water sanitation and protecting marine ecosystems. But air pollution continues as a leading health problem in many nations, and fisheries are deteriorating almost everywhere.

by |January 23, 2018
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Sustainability Measurement in China: Fostering a Race to the Top

The Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management recently released the China Sustainable Development Indicator System, a new sustainability indicator framework and annual ranking of the sustainability performance of Chinese cities.

by |January 23, 2018
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Congestion Pricing and a Sustainable NYC

Solving the transit problem is key to New York City’s health and well-being, and a new congestion pricing proposal is serious starting point.

by |January 22, 2018
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Want to Be a Sustainability Expert? Don’t Quit Your Day Job!

A new degree program at Columbia offers technical training in sustainability science for working professionals as well as recent grads.

by |January 17, 2018

The Hard Work of Making Sustainability Management Real

To have meaningful change on sustainability, corporations, nonprofits and governments must bring it into the regular fabric of organizational life.

by |January 16, 2018
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Experts Examine Costs and Benefits of Investment Incentives

Each year, the U.S. spends more than $50 billion trying to attract business headquarters and keep factories open. How much do taxpayers actually benefit from that?

The Value of Public Service

In a world where we are constantly interacting and competing, we also need to nurture and generate the value of cooperation and compassion. This is a value I call public service.

by |January 3, 2018

The Slow but Steady Progression Toward Environmental Sustainability

As 2017 ends and 2018 begins, many of us reflect on the year that has past and think about the year to come. In the United States we have had a year filled with disappointment but sparked by hope.

by |December 27, 2017
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Inside the Lives of Anti-Poaching Staff at an Indian Wildlife Sanctuary

Earth Institute postdoc Nandini Velho writes about two wildlife workers who made a documentary about the Pakke Tiger Reserve and the people who protect it.

by |December 27, 2017

Students Practice GIS and Remote-Sensing Field Work in Black Rock Forest

When it comes to learning about data collection techniques, there is no substitute for field work. In October, three Columbia classes embarked on a field trip to the Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, New York, to get some hands-on experience.

by |December 19, 2017