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The Importance of New York City’s Water Infrastructure

New York City has a magnificent system of water supply. It is an example of farsighted long-term leadership and investment without which the modern city of New York could never have been built.

by |April 11, 2016

Navigating Governments’ Obligations in the Context of Land Investments

How should governments address the concerns of their citizens tied to land investments? And do their legal obligations constrain their options for doing so? These are increasingly complicated, and pressing, questions.

by |March 16, 2016

Watch: Building Solutions for Water Challenges

From aging and leaky pipes to pollution and shrinking aquifers, America’s water infrastructure faces a growing set of challenges. A new video describes how the America’s Water Initiative, a program based at the Columbia Water Center, is trying to address those issues.

by |March 8, 2016

Internships Available at Center on Sustainable Investment

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment is accepting applications until March 31 for internship positions for summer 2016. Interns are assigned to one or more projects depending on background and interests; unpaid and paid opportunities are available.

by |February 11, 2016

There’s Plenty of Blame for Flint, Michigan’s Water Crisis

The federal government sets the drinking water standards in America, even though monitoring and administration is delegated to the states. The federal EPA had the authority and responsibility to intervene. The failure in Flint belongs to all of us and it should lead to some hard thinking about the causes of this completely avoidable environmental disaster.

by |January 19, 2016

Fragile States Use Geospatial Data and Maps to Better Manage Natural Resources

Some of the world’s poorest nations have an abundance of natural resources, but also have suffered under recent conflicts. Learning how to manage these resources strategically and sustainably can help accelerate growth and development. A new web-based mapping tool may be able to help them do that.

by |May 6, 2015

Renewed Effort Underway to Better Understand Challenges to Peacebuilding

Lessons learned regarding the management of natural resources in peacebuilding efforts were the focus of several activities recently, including a book launch of the first in a six-volume series, a conference, and curriculum-building workshop.

by |May 31, 2012

For Better or for Worse: A Decade of Global Environmental Performance Trends Examined

The Pilot Trend Environmental Performance Index (Trend EPI) ranks countries on improvement or decline in their environmental performance, over the past decade.