MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alumnus James Vener (‘07) entered the program with the intention of transitioning his career from environmental engineering to environmental policy, but was surprised to discover an interest in clean energy.
On November 14, one day before America Recycles Day, members of the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy (MPA-ESP) class of 2014 conducted a waste audit in SIPA’s 4th floor “fishbowl,” the most visible and heavily used area of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). The audit was hosted by the SIPA Sustainability Committee, of which many ESP students are a part.
On Nov. 16, the Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy program held its annual Alumni Networking Day. The event, hosted by The Earth Institute, welcomed more than 70 alumni, current students and faculty for a panel and networking reception held at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alum Haydée Rodríguez (’12) has always wanted to work in environmental law. Having started the program with a law degree and prior work experience as a program associate for the Fresh Water Action Network in Costa Rica, Haydée’s current job as an environmental advisor for the Inter-American Association for Environmental Defense is a perfect fit for her professional goals. Haydée focuses on marine protection, freshwater conservation and human rights.
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.
“It was a great opportunity to apply concepts we learned in class to the real world,” said Katie Edmond, a member of the ESP Class of 2014. “Instead of just discussing albedo … we’re actively increasing New York City’s albedo.”
Since graduating from the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy (MPA ESP) program in 2007, Carolina Jaramillo has forged a path in international sustainable development through the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and most recently, through the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). Currently, as a Green Growth Program Manager for GGGI, Carolina is responsible for providing the analytics, strategic thinking and support required by governments in Latin America for green growth policies and planning processes to be effectively implemented.
The Earth Institute will be participating in a variety of upcoming recruitment fairs across the United States in the coming months for two of its premier graduate education programs, the Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy (MPA ESP) and the M.S. in Sustainability Management (MSSM).
The Earth Institute will be hosting a number of online and in-person information sessions in the coming months for two of its premier graduate education programs, the Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy and the M.S. in Sustainability Management.
As an associate in the environmental and green technology sector of California Strategies, recent MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alum Claire van Zuiden (’13) develops strategies to grow and finance green companies and to help clients commercialize technologies to improve air quality, reduce waste and reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions. Claire applies the system-based thinking and hard science background that she learned in the ESP program on a daily basis to resolve environmental, energy, and development issues.