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Student Profile: Stav Gilutz

For Stav Gilutz, the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program offered the perfect mix of hard sciences and networking opportunities to complement her legal background and interest in environmental activism. She hopes to apply her skills to management of an environmental non-profit.

by |November 20, 2015
Current MS in Sustainability Management Student Jocelyn Gan

Effective Communication Helps Lower Energy Use

Current Master of Science in Sustainability Management student Jocelyn Gan is a programs associate at Building Energy Exchange. In this role, Jocelyn manages the Daylight Hour social media campaign, an annual event that encourages offices to turn off the lights for one hour in day-lit spaces.

by |November 12, 2015
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ESP Alum Focuses on International Development and Conservation

Ashley Toombs, a 2015 graduate of the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program, recently joined BRAC USA, a poverty alleviation and international development organization founded in the 1970s in Bangladesh and now operating in 12 countries in Asia and Africa.

by |November 5, 2015
MS in Sustainability Management professor Kitty Kay Chan

Faculty Profile: Kitty Kay Chan

Master of Science in Sustainability Management professor Kitty Kay Chan was drawn to the program because she felt the curriculum’s interdisciplinary learning environment was the perfect catalyst for future sustainability managers to effect real change.

by |October 29, 2015

Citi’s Sustainability Strategy

In 2015, Citi announced a new environmental finance goal to lend, invest and facilitate $100 billion over 10 years towards activities focused on environmental solutions and reducing the impacts of climate change globally.

by |October 22, 2015
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Student Profile: Arnaud Goessens

Before starting the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Arnaud Goessens worked in a variety of capacities focusing on conservation and biodiversity. Arnaud moved to New York from his native Belgium to gain new policy-making skills and expand his professional network.

by |October 20, 2015
Current MS in Sustainability Management student William Abi Abdallah

Architectural Background Provides Foundation for Student’s Goals

Student William Abi Abdallah is no stranger to the challenges that face sustainability professionals, but he believes that the courses he has taken in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program have been exceptional preparation, particularly with regard to being able to speak the language of stakeholders.

by |October 15, 2015
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SIPA Students Host Discussion on Climate Change and Divestment

In an event jointly hosted by Columbia Divest for Climate Justice and the SIPA Environmental Coalition, students heard three prominent voices in climate science and action: Professor Maureen Raymo from the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, author and activist Bill McKibben and Peggy Shepard, founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice.

by |October 13, 2015
Somali children play in a child-friendly space supported by UNICEF and run by Save the Children US in the Kobe refugee camp in Ethiopia, in 2012. Some 27,000 refugees from drought and conflict were residing in the camp. Photo: UNICEF

Certificate Program to Focus on Environment and Security

A new professional certificate program at Columbia University will address the linkages between environment and security, aimed at practitioners with responsibility for providing assessments and warnings regarding environment-security risks or for designing programs to manage such risks.

by |October 5, 2015
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Student Profile: Sylricka Foster

For Sylricka Foster, the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program is providing a foundation in policy and management skills to complement her background in environmental geology and political science. She hopes to use her degree to create positive social change and to increase awareness about environmental issues.

by |September 28, 2015