Sustainability Management alum Marisa Hanson (’14) as gone from working on a capstone team tasked with designing a national building retrofit program for Montenegro to a role as program specialist for a residential energy efficiency program in Santa Barbara, CA. Marisa has focused her sustainability career on making a significant difference on a local level.
Michael Puma considers what can happen when events such as long-lasting droughts or volcanic explosions interrupt production of these crops. He has begun to assess the fragility of the intricate network of trade relationships that move important basic food items across national borders.
Sustainable investment leader Mindy S. Lubber, president of the Boston-based Ceres, will speak on “Using the Tools of the System to Sustain the Planet” at a special Earth Day class session on April 22.
On April 7, 2015, the Earth Institute hosted a panel event and reception on ‘Sustainability Policy: Progress and Opportunity.’ Over 170 students, faculty, and local professionals gathered in Low Library to hear a panel of experts speak about sustainability and the role of government. Panelists discussed local-level policy, the role of metrics, and what the future of sustainability requires.
Before joining the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program, alum John Haugen (‘13) graduated with a degree in economics from Illinois Wesleyan University and went on to work in a Chicago management consulting firm with a focus on marketing and data analytics. After living and working in Chicago for six years, John decided that he wanted to continue his career as a consultant in New York, but with an added focus on sustainability. Upon graduating from the program, John, along with two of his former MSSM classmates, Adam Freedgood and Matthew Codner, co-founded Third Partners LLC, a sustainability consulting firm that advises organizations on GHG emissions reporting, sustainable marketing, branding, and energy efficiency.
Are you a Columbia or Barnard student seeking an internship for summer 2015? Are you interested in topics of sustainability and environmental policy? Apply to be an Administrative and Research intern in the Executive Director’s Office at the Earth Institute. Interns will provide research and editing support for reports, articles, case studies, and presentations, and administrative support as needed. Apply by April 27th!
What jobs are available to students with a sustainability degree, who are interested in the built environment? What can students to do to land, or create, a job in this field? These questions and more were answered at a mini-career workshop on March 23, which focused on “Innovation and the Built Environment.”
“I was a little nervous coming into the MSSM program, as my educational and professional background seemed atypical,” says student Laura Tajima. “However, I found that there is no ‘typical’ background. I’ve collaborated with people from finance and architecture; those who have worked in the oil industry and fashion industry; people from all over the world and those who grew up in the city.”
Prior to joining the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program, alum Jason Prince (’14) worked as a wilderness guide in his native Canada, taking youth on backcountry canoe trips emphasizing leave no trace practices. Jason has also worked for a non-profit that focused on community development in Central America where he undertook a project to integrate small-scale solar installations at schools, and to promote the use of sustainable building materials. Currently, Jason works at Karbone, an integrated renewable energy and environmental markets company, as the Director of Research.
Forests are a critical component of ecosystems, and the effective management of this natural resource is a topic of great concern to sustainable development and humanity. On March 7, Ralph Schmidt, former director of forest programs with the United Nations Development Program, led a seminar on sustainable forest management for Earth Institute students and alumni.