MPA in Environmental Science and Policy (MPA-ESP) faculty member Rohit “Rit” Aggarwala works on cities, transportation, and the environment, from the perspectives of formal public official, policy expert, and historian. In addition to his position at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Rit is the Special Advisor to the Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, co-chair of the Fourth Regional Plan of the Regional Plan Association of New York, and leads environmental programs for Bloomberg Philanthropies. Prior to his role in C40 Cities, Rit was the Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for the City of New York from 2006 to 2010. This semester, Rit is teaching Politics and Policy of Urban Sustainability in the ESP program.
MS in Sustainability Management faculty member Phil LaRocco spent twenty years with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, ending his career there as the Director of World Trade and Economic Development. In 1990, he founded E+Co, a non-profit investor in over two hundred energy enterprises in over twenty developing countries, with offices and staff on five continents. After retiring as CEO of E+Co in 2009, LaRocco began teaching courses at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He joined the MS in Sustainability Management program in Fall 2012, where he teaches SUMA K4150 Energy and Sustainable Development. He has just launched a start-up distance learning company focused on (what else?) energy entrepreneurs in developing countries. This start-up (www.embarkenergy.com) began operations in Tanzania in 2013.
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy (MPA-ESP) professor Benjamín Bostick began his Columbia career as a researcher at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, specializing in geochemistry. His research centers on the coupled biogeochemical cycling of carbon, iron, and sulfur. He now teaches the Environmental Chemistry course in the ESP program, where he examines the delicate balance of different ecosystems, and how to preserve that balance through different sustainability measures.
M.S. in Sustainability Management (MSSM) professor Benjamin Cook is an Adjunct Research Scientist at the Earth Institute’s Lamont-Dougherty Earth Observatory. In addition to his position at Lamont, Ben also serves as a Research Physical Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York where he researches drought, hydroclimate, and interactions between the land surface and climate system. Ben holds a BS degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and an MSc and Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. This semester, Ben is teaching The Earth’s Climate System.
M.S. in Sustainability Management (MSSM) professor Judy Sandford is Senior Strategist of Sustainability Communications, at Addison – a brand strategy and communications design firm. She founded Addison’s sustainability practice in 2007, and consults with some of the world’s largest corporations on best practices in sustainability reporting and related communications. This semester, Judy will be teaching Sustainability Communication Strategy and Reporting.
MS in Sustainability Management professor Travis Bradford is the president and founder of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, a nonprofit organization focused on developing cost-effective and sustainable solutions in technologies including energy, water, food, and recycling. Bradford is also the managing partner at Atlas Capital Investments, LP, a global hedge fund dedicated to investing in sustainable technology companies. This spring, Travis is teaching the course, Energy Markets and Innovation.
Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MSSM) professor Lynnette Widder has over fifteen years of experience teaching design, conducting seminars, and organizing architectural excursions for architecture students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is the Principal and Co-founder of aardvarchitecture, a small architectural practice that specializes in residential work with an emphasis on high-quality innovative construction. This fall, Lynnette is teaching the course, Responsibility and Resilience in the Built Environment.
MS in Sustainability Management Professor Ariane van Buren is a newly appointed faculty member at Columbia University, with projected cross-appointments in Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, School of Continuing Education, and the Earth Institute. She held the first-ever position in shareholder accountability for corporate sustainability management, and then recruited trustees of the largest institutional investor in the U.S. to address the investment risks posed by climate change. She has designed and will also be teaching Investor Roles in Corporate Sustainability Management for the fall 2012 semester.
MPA in MPA in Environmental Science and Policy (MPA-ESP) professor Michael Musso has taught at Columbia University for over four years. Musso teaches the Risk Assessment and Toxicology course during the MPA-ESP program’s summer semester, as well as at the Mailman School of Public Health in the Environmental Health Sciences Department. He works full time as an environmental consultant at HDR Inc., an architecture and engineering firm.
MS in Sustainability Management professor Adela Gondek has taught at Columbia University for over twenty years, with cross-disciplinary appointments Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, School of Continuing Education, and the Earth Institute. She has designed and taught ethics courses with distinct emphases on sustainability, environmentalism, public leadership and organizational management and will be teaching Ethics and Values for Sustainability Management for the fall 2012 semester.