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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
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Students Advise County on Permeable Pavement

The biggest barrier to installation or permeable pavement is funding. But the positive outcomes include reduced flooding, less stormwater runoff, and recharging of aquifers.

by |December 19, 2016
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Beyond the Classroom: Field Visit to Rockefeller State Park

As part of the course on The Business and Ecology of Sustainable Forestry with Professor Ralph Schmidt, students visited the Rockefeller State Park in October 2016.

by |December 8, 2016
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ESP Student Neerada Poduval: Building a Global Perspective

“I am keenly aware of the issues faced on the ground and the importance of political will and buy-in from the private sector to effectively develop and implement policies. … and I know from personal experience that there is immense potential to effect positive change in this field.”

by |November 16, 2016
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Spring 2017 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Positions

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development is currently accepting applications for spring 2017 teaching assistant positions. Applications will only be accepted from graduate students and undergraduate juniors or seniors at Columbia. The deadline to apply is Nov. 21.

by |October 21, 2016
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Lamont Opens Doors to Earth Sciences at Open House

Nearly 3,000 people showed up to explore the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory’s campus and laboratories at the open house on Oct. 8. Watch the video and find out what it was all about.

by |October 19, 2016
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How a Student Project Helped to Change JetBlue’s Course

What began as research at Columbia University became the catalyst for improving the sustainability of an airline, as JetBlue recently forged a 10-year deal to buy 330 million gallons of jet fuel made partially from plants.

by |October 19, 2016
MPA ESP Alumni Gabe Cowles, Program Manager for Build Smart NY

ESP Alumni Gabe Cowles: the MPA ESP Investment

Recognized as a 40 Under 40 Rising Star on the Albany 2016 list, Gabriel Cowles, Masters in Public Administration Environmental Science and Policy alumnus (2009), is the program manager for Build Smart NY, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to improve energy efficiency in state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. In just the first year, state… read more

by |October 10, 2016
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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
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MPA ESP Student Profile: Savannah’s Story

Savannah Miller, a student in the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program, has witnessed the impact of climate change on three different continents. Prior to attending Columbia, Savannah completed fieldwork in Antarctica and sub-Saharan Africa. Last year, she attended the climate negotiations at COP21, in Paris, France, as a student delegate.

by |September 16, 2016