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Puerto Rico’s Peril and Potential

The federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was far too slow and small to deal with the massive scale of the disaster, but the future potential for Puerto Rico could be achieved by constructing a more resilient, storm-resistant built environment.

by |October 2, 2017
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Lorenzo Cotula and Thierry Berger On Transparency around Land Investment Contracts

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) spoke with Lorenzo Cotula and Thierry Berger about OpenLandContracts.org, the challenges and opportunities stakeholders face in promoting greater transparency around land investments, and how effective use of disclosed information can be promoted.

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Alumni Startup Brings Pay-as-you-Go Solar Energy to Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, only 1 percent of rural citizens have access to electricity. Easy Solar, founded by graduates of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, hopes to change that.

by |September 25, 2017
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Columbia’s Leymah Gbowee Featured Speaker at Gates Goalkeepers Event

Gbowee discussed the importance of investing in grassroots women’s movements.

by |September 22, 2017
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Not So Sweet: Tanzania Confronts Arbitration over Large-Scale Sugarcane and Ethanol Project

The legal battle underscores the challenges that arise when governments, international investors, and the rights of local communities are at odds.

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The Centrality of Science to Sustainability

The growth of this field of study is one of the reasons I am optimistic that we will overcome and meet the challenges of climate change and global sustainability.

by |September 18, 2017
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Can You Survive our Climate Week Challenge?

These seven not-so-hard things will shrink your carbon footprint. We dare you to try them.

by |September 18, 2017
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6 Climate Change Solutions We Can All Agree On

These ideas hold merit no matter where you fall on the political spectrum

by |September 11, 2017
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Houston’s Post-Harvey Toxic Mess

If we are to maintain the way of life we enjoy while maintaining a safe and healthy environment, we need to require more careful management of toxic substances.

by |September 11, 2017
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From Oil Exploration to Sustainability Specialist

Emily Poorvin used to discover new drill sites for oil and gas companies; now she’s earning a masters degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia.

by |August 31, 2017