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New Class on Circular Economy for Sustainability Professionals

A truly sustainable economy may require fundamentally re-thinking how we make and consume products. A new course delves into the challenges and opportunities of this transformation.

by |November 30, 2017

Theory & Practice of Life Cycle Assessment

MS in Sustainability Management Professor Christoph Meinrenken will bring his expertise to SUMA in Spring 2018 with a new course, Theory & Practice of Life Cycle Assessment.

by |November 22, 2017

Glenn Denning’s Road to Bali, and the Earth Institute

Glenn Denning grew up in Brisbane, Australia, loved the outdoors and hated the idea of working in an office. And, he really didn’t have any urge to go to other countries. Then he happened to overhear a conversation in a hallway between two students. That bit of serendipity sent him on a road to a life overseas; to key roles in “green revolutions” in Asia and Africa; and eventually to an office at Columbia University, and the Earth Institute.

by |December 3, 2012

Faculty Profile: Jeffrey Shaman

Jeffrey Shaman has never been one to study or do anything in isolation, but has always chosen to focus on the intersection of how things work. Given this trait, it is no surprise that his interdisciplinary research looks to reveal how meteorology and hydrology affect the propagation of infectious diseases.

by |October 18, 2012

Faculty Profile: Donna Shillington

Shillington’s research at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has led her to a deeper appreciation of the societal impacts on populations concentrated around the boundaries of plate tectonic hazards. “There is very much a need to understand fundamental processes at plate boundaries in order to better assess possible hazards and resources in these areas,” says Shillington.

by |September 21, 2012
Yochanan Kushnir

Faculty Profile: Yochanan Kushnir

by Kaci Fowler Yochanan Kushnir began his career as a meteorologist in the Israeli Navy, where he started as an operational marine forecaster, and with time became the Navy’s Chief Meteorology Officer. As part of his duties, Kushnir ventured out to sea to collect meteorological and oceanographic data for research. Motivated by these experiences, Kushnir… read more

by |April 3, 2012

Richard Seager

“What I like,” says Richard Seager, “is the fact that the Earth Institute has so many people working on the climate change and variability issue – from people like me doing the straight climate research to others working on how to build resilience to climate variability and change, to others working on how to prevent the worst climate change through, for example, carbon capture and storage. Whenever I am in that mix, conversations strike up that touch on areas of overlap, which, once opened, provide a wonderful flow of information between the areas of expertise. This sort of place, given its ability to tackle the climate problem in its entirety, could have a huge impact.”

by |January 30, 2012