Microgrids, networks of linked energy sources that are connected to the main grid, but are able to operate independently if power is lost, are the building blocks of the 21st century smart grid. Why aren’t there more of them?
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy News
Current MPA-ESP Student Tiara Cunningham writes about her experience traveling to Israel with SIPA’s Israel Environmental Delegation.
Vincent Aurez, an economist and circular economy consultant for Ernst & Young’s Paris office, spoke about how companies have drawn on intelligent eco-design, and developed or identified new markets for their waste products, to improve profitability while reducing global footprint.
More and more companies and nonprofits have a chief sustainability officer and are beginning to incorporate sustainability concerns into routine management. The world is slowly starting the transition from today’s economy based on fossil fuels, destruction of ecosystems, and the one time use and disposal of finite resources, to an economy based on renewable resources and the least possible damage of natural systems by human activities.
“This program provided me a much-needed balance between building public administration capacity, scientific proficiency and a deep understanding of ethical and political implications. It is a program that has a clear objective: to promote sustainability worldwide.”
Are you a Columbia or Barnard student seeking a summer internship? Are you interested in sustainability issues? Apply by April 7 to intern in the executive director’s office at the Earth Institute this summer.
The All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Career Fair has earned itself a reputation in the sustainability industry as being the premier place to recruit talented students from the Ivy League universities. This year, the fair attracted 80 employers—many of them attending for the first time—from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
“Protecting the environment is very important to me, while at the same time, I believe that the transition to a more sustainable economy also represents a tremendous business opportunity. Sustainable finance is a discipline that captures both these two perspectives.”
Kevin Fertig and Allison Pace are both ESP students who make use of every opportunity they have, from being involved in research projects around campus to leading their cohort and organizing campus wide events. “Say yes, until you can’t say yes anymore” is their success mantra.
Isaac Wilkins, a current MPA ESP student, has a calling. Introduced to the environmental movement through advocating for environmental justice issues impacting communities of color, he is expanding his mission to help solve diverse issues across the various sectors within the environmental movement.