During the second half of the summer semester for Columbia University’s MPA class in Environmental Science and Policy program, the students extended their classroom learning on urban ecology to outdoor field trips in Brooklyn and the Bronx to focus on how restorations of wetlands, forests, and rivers are changing the city.
In the 1970s, Congress enacted a series of environmental laws that defined the direction and character of environmental policy. This fall, the writers of that legislation will teach a new class at Columbia dedicated to the process that led to these seminal laws.
A graduate student team from Columbia University including Mark Wolf of the M.S. in Sustainability Management program was tasked by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to research more effective ways of increasing the scope of energy efficiency improvements in the U.S. industrial sector. Their aim: to significantly capitalize on the $180 billion opportunity and reduce associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a business-as-usual approach.
Current M.S. in Sustainability Management student Prerna Chatterjee first became interested in sustainability when she worked as a Carbon Footprint Analyst in Germany after earning her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. Recently, Prerna was elected to be the President of the Sustainability Management Student Association where she and her fellow board members work to keep MSSM students connected to the field outside of the classroom through organizing a variety of professional and networking events throughout the academic year. Prerna believes that sustainability should be considered a way of life and hopes that the program will prepare her to bring this philosophy to the work she does after graduation.
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alum, Joseph Daniel (’12), is using the skills he developed in the program to give insight into the issues his clients at Synapse Energy Economics are struggling with in an effort to help them resolve issues in the most optimal way possible. Daniel joined the program in 2011 with several years of professional experience ranging from political advocacy to consulting.
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alum, Olin Berger (’14) is putting his degree to use this summer as a member of the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps in Chicago, Illinois. Olin is working to analyze energy efficiency projects for high rise office buildings in downtown Chicago.
The students in the newest MPA in Environmental Science and Policy cohort have spent the summer semester focusing on climatology, environmental chemistry, and ecology while supplementing classroom learning with field trips around New York. The field trips allow the 60 students to look at classroom topics in a real-world context.
The newest of class of students in the Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy program have arrived on the Columbia campus. Following their orientation on May 27, the students began their summer schedule full of science courses.
Earth Institute students took a hard look into financial and administrative problems plaguing the MTA and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and came up with suggestions for more sustainable financing and more efficient operations.
The Sustainability Management program is seeking candidates for the following Curriculum & Grading Assistant (CGA) positions for fall 2014. Please see the attachment for specifics on each position, as qualifications and time commitments may differ. Applications are due by Tuesday, July 1st at 5:00pm.