education impact stories

Students in the “Challenges of Sustainable Development” course presented their solutions for the problem of air pollution and haze in Singapore at Bard College’s Third Annual Asia and the Environment Research Conference. From left: instructor Jason Wong, Annie Block, Chelsea Jean-Michel, Marchelle Lundquist, Elsie Platzer, Francesca Merrick and Bennett Smith.

With a Little Software Magic, Students Create Pollution Solutions

Undergraduate sustainability students explored innovative software and 3D printing to create a set of possible solutions to help Singapore cope with a big problem: haze and air pollution drifting over the city state from burning forests in neighboring Indonesia.

by |April 20, 2017
Celine Gaasrud - FI

An Integrated Approach to Sustainability

Master of Science in Sustainability Management student Celine Gaasrud was attracted to the opportunity to combine courses in different areas to explore and solve sustainability challenges. She intends to maintain an international perspective and work on implementing solutions to achieve sustainable development.

by |February 9, 2017
Julian Seelan Portrait 2

Columbia Alumni Making Sense of Sustainable Investing

While more institutional investors are factoring sustainability in their investment decisions, there is little agreement about what sustainability means, or how to measure it. Interviews with three sustainable investment professionals—all graduates of Columbia University’s Sustainability Management graduate program—indicate a growing demand for investing that accounts for sustainability performance, but also obstacles to discerning the best… read more

by |January 6, 2017
MS in Sustainability Management alumna Charlotte Peyraud ('14)

Sustainability Bonds: a Personal and Professional Network

Energy efficiency, corporate sustainability reporting, and investor relations piqued Charlotte Peyraud’s interest and became her focus, and ultimately, her career.

by |September 29, 2016
ShiraYashphe

Veterinarian Joins MPA-ESP to Work for Wildlife Conservation

“Reading of species after species declared extinct, like the west African black rhinoceros, made me realize that if I ever want to take part in wildlife conservation efforts, the time to take action and to take part in conservation efforts is now.”

by |August 1, 2016
Julia Nethero

Participatory Design and Management in Housing: by Women for Women

Julia Nethero explores the shortcomings of urban low-income housing, which fall particularly on women who are responsible for the household’s well being, and how participatory design and management ameliorate those challenges.

by |June 30, 2016
peace bird painting crop2

Environmental Peace-Building in the Middle East

The next part of our tour provided an excellent example of the challenges people working toward environmental peace-building in Israel, Jordan and Palestine face: a site that we were unable to visit.

by |June 24, 2016
Sinkhole, Dead Sea, Israel. Photo: Lena Gregorian

Dead Pool: the Depletion of a Shared Natural Resource

The Dead Sea could soon enough become a dead “pool” of sea. But perhaps there’s another alternative.

by |June 23, 2016
Students from Columbia University and Tel Aviv University touring the grounds of the Al Baqoura Peace Park with representatives of Eco Peace. Photo: Josh Fisher

In an Environmental and Political Conflict Zone, Hope for Peace

The Middle East is the only place on earth where the neighbors are so close and so far at the same time.

by |June 14, 2016
Image: Arava Institute pre-feasibility study.

How to Wrap Your Head Around Dead Sea Rehabilitation

The Dead Sea has been receding at an average rate of 1 meter per year. How can this important historic, cultural and environmental landmark be rehabilitated in one of the world’s driest regions while improving water access for Israel, Palestine and Jordan?

by |June 13, 2016