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Public Space and the Sustainable City

As our planet becomes more urban, the importance of parks and other public spaces becomes magnified.

by |May 14, 2018

Alum Explores Intersection of Sustainability and Urban Economic Development

MS in Sustainability Management alum Monica Munn has nearly 10 years of experience working to design and execute programs that make cities more sustainable, resilient, and economically inclusive.

by |April 26, 2018

Moving Towards 100% Renewable Energy: Drivers Behind City Policies and Pledges

As the United States federal government retreats from energy innovation and environmental regulation, local and regional efforts across the U.S. are scaling up.

by |April 24, 2018
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The Transition to the Sustainable City, Here in New York

We have an opportunity to build an exciting, dynamic and transformative model sustainable city.

by |April 9, 2018
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California’s Misguided Attempt to Force Urban Density

Government should encourage urban living by making it more affordable and attractive, and provide incentives for density; it should not try to mandate it.

by |March 19, 2018

Main Streets, Malls, and Sustainable Consumption

As new technologies continue to change consumption patterns, land use and social norms, we have an opportunity to ensure these changes result in an exciting sustainable lifestyle in a new type of sustainable city.

by |November 15, 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

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

Cities: the Vanguard Against Climate Change

Cities are leading the fight against climate change. Here’s what some of the most forward-looking ones are doing.

by |November 10, 2016

New York City’s Sustainable Dream

New York City is always in the global media and the images of this place are the inescapable backdrop of the emerging global culture.

And that culture does not require the luxury consumer goods that are now available in all of the world’s major cities. Its core culture values a place that is safe to raise a family and create a social and home life free from violence, and capable of interaction and acceptance by other immigrants and people who grew up here.

by |September 19, 2016