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Mike Tuckfelt

Environmental Science and Policy Program Strengthens Its Commitment to Student Veterans

Student veterans may now receive up to $20,000 in a grant or tuition waiver, which is matched by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

by |December 7, 2017

Students Practice What They Learn in Unique Sustainability Curriculum

A workshop in the Environmental Science and Policy MPA program challenges students to integrate their knowledge and apply it as if they were working in the field.

by |November 15, 2017

From Columbia to Climate Adaptation Director: Alumnus Jon Philipsborn

A graduate of Columbia’s Environmental Science and Policy MPA program tells us about his job as a climate adaption practice director at AECOM.

by |November 14, 2017

Student Plans to Transform Urban Farming

Alexander Rudnicki is earning a master’s in Environmental Science and Policy in order to shape the future of the burgeoning urban agriculture industry.

by |October 6, 2017

From Oil Exploration to Sustainability Specialist

Emily Poorvin used to discover new drill sites for oil and gas companies; now she’s earning a masters degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia.

by |August 31, 2017

Why This Marine Corps Veteran is Studying Sustainability Policy

Mike Tuckfelt is a current MPA in Environmental Science and Policy student and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. In an interview, he talks about his goal of learning how to influence sustainability policy and how to educate decision-makers about sustainability issues.

by |August 7, 2017

Faculty Profile: Michael Puma, Professor of Hydrology

Dr. Michael Puma, a Climate and Life Fellow at Columbia University and the Director of the Center for Climate Systems Research at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, teaches hydrology in the summer semester for the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy Program.

by |July 25, 2017

MPA-ESP students visit the Gowanus Canal to learn about urban contamination

The newest cohort of MPA Environmental Science and Policy students went on a field trip to the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn with professors Benjamin Bostick and Michael Musso to learn about the challenges of a dense mixed-use urban landscape.

by |July 20, 2017

MPA-ESP Students tour world-class earth science research campus

The newest cohort of MPA Environmental Science and Policy students received a faculty-led tour of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory to learn about the innovative climate and environment research being carried out at one of the world’s leading research facilities.

by |July 6, 2017

Challenges for Governments Seeking to Get Most Out of Natural Resources

On March 2, 2017, Tanzania banned all exports of unprocessed gold and copper concentrates. The measure was taken in order to force companies to set up in-country processing of raw materials, with hopes of fostering the development of a smelter in the country.

by |June 29, 2017