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Summer 2017 Internship Opening

Are you a Columbia or Barnard student seeking a summer internship? Are you interested in sustainability issues? Apply by April 7 to intern in the executive director’s office at the Earth Institute this summer.

by |March 16, 2017
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New Organizations and Networking Opportunities at 2017 All Ivy Fair

The All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Career Fair has earned itself a reputation in the sustainability industry as being the premier place to recruit talented students from the Ivy League universities. This year, the fair attracted 80 employers—many of them attending for the first time—from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

by |March 13, 2017
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A State and Local Strategy for Protecting the American Environment

While federal support for new technology and infrastructure would be helpful, there is another approach that can also be effective. We should focus on modernizing our state and local energy systems. By modernizing the energy system we can reduce the costs and environmental impact of our energy use.

by |March 13, 2017
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The Science of Carbon Dioxide and Climate

The vast majority of scientists around the world agree that our climate is changing at a faster rate than ever recorded in human history because of our use of fuels such as coal and oil, so-called fossil fuels. The conclusion rests on basic physics known since the early 1800s, when physical scientists first recognized that carbon dioxide, then a recently discovered gas, could act as a sort of greenhouse, preventing heat introduced by the sun from escaping back into space – the “greenhouse effect.”

by |March 10, 2017
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Faculty Profile: Curtis Probst

“Protecting the environment is very important to me, while at the same time, I believe that the transition to a more sustainable economy also represents a tremendous business opportunity. Sustainable finance is a discipline that captures both these two perspectives.”

by |March 9, 2017
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At Lenfest, Using Carbon to Help Reuse Waste from Steel Production

Lenfest Center researchers are working with a Chinese steel company on a way to treat and reuse waste slag using carbon sequestration technology.

by |March 9, 2017
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Grasslands More Sensitive to Dryness than Rainfall, Study Says

A new study shows that dryness of the atmosphere affects U.S. grassland productivity more than rainfall does. The findings could have important implications for predicting how plants will respond to warming climate conditions.

by |March 9, 2017
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Resiliency Strategies to Sustain Businesses and Livelihoods

Sustainability Management alum Krista Eichenbaum (’16) moved from Toronto to attend the MSSM program to better address resiliency challenges in cities. She is currently Project Analyst and Manager at a women-owned engineering consulting firm, specializing in civil engineering, urban planning, and sustainability.

by |March 9, 2017
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Women Leaders Tackle the Urban Climate Challenge

Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, will join dozens of other leaders in government, business and the non-profit world at the Women4Climate conference at Columbia University on March 15.

by |March 8, 2017
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Empowering Girls by Learning About Puberty

When Sunita, a student in rural South India, got her period for the first time she was sure she was on the brink of death.

by |March 8, 2017