alumni Archives - State of the Planet

Alumna Shares Her Experience as a Fulbright Scholar 

MJ Engel is an alumna of Columbia’s Undergraduate Sustainable Development Program and a U.S. Fulbright Scholar currently studying in China.

by |September 29, 2017

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

With Fulbright Grant, Alum Will Study Arctic Ocean Protection

David Prieto, 2015 graduate of the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program, has been awarded a Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research Grant focused on interdisciplinary issues across the Arctic.

by |August 8, 2017

MSSM Alum Named to 2017 GreenBiz ’30 Under 30′

Sustainability Management alum Courtney Small has been identified as a rising leader in the field of sustainable business and has been named to the Green Biz “30 Under 30” list.

by |June 13, 2017

Getting the Tools to Get Hired

Alan Burchell is the founder and principal of Urbanstrong, which he started shortly after graduating from Columbia’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management program in 2014. When choosing courses, Alan encourages MSSM students to fill up their tool belts. In his experience, “Knowledge is great, but tools get you hired.” Alan recommends to take classes that will teach you a transferable skill.

by |June 1, 2017

Redefining our Relationship to Energy

MSSM alum Diana McCarthy-Bercury (’16) commuted from New Haven, Conn., to attend the MSSM program from 2012 to 2015. Diana is currently an energy efficiency program manager at Eversource, an electric and natural gas utility in New England, which specializes in energy services. She is determined to leave a mark by not leaving a mark.

by |April 27, 2017

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

Balancing Development and Preservation in an Urban National Park

Nairobi National Park is the only wildlife park in the world within a city’s administrative boundaries. However, the park’s value to its greater ecosystem, as well as its role in promoting conservation throughout Kenya, are under threat due to recent urban and infrastructure developments.

by |July 14, 2016

MSSM Alum Named to 2016 GreenBiz ’30 under 30′

Prerna Chatterjee (MSSM’15) has been named one of the “30 under 30” people to watch in sustainable business by GreenBiz Group.

by |June 3, 2016

Student Work Helps Establish Conservation Act in Palau

David Prieto, graduate of the Earth Institute Sustainability Management program, helped establish the first Manta Ray Conservation Act in the Republic of Palau, aiding the creation of the 6th largest marine sanctuary in the world.

by |February 3, 2016