Sustainable Development Archives - State of the Planet

Climate Change May Soon Hit Billions of People. Many Cities Are Already Taking Action.

Billions of people in thousands of cities around the world will soon be at risk from climate-related heat waves, droughts, flooding, food shortages and energy blackouts by mid-century, but many cities are already taking action to blunt such effects, says a new report from a consortium of international organizations.

by |June 20, 2018
Virtual reality teacher training

Stepping into a Virtual Reality Classroom for Teacher Training

Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development is testing a virtual reality module to help train teachers in a comfortable and individual virtual space.

by |June 8, 2018

An Unforgettable Meeting with the Dalai Lama

A sustainable development alum recounts his exciting visit to Temple of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

by |June 7, 2018
women in India learning digital skills on a laptop

New Center Would Bring Digital Skills, Solar Energy and Employment Hope For Women—All Under One Roof

The proposed “ITC Center” in India would provide a cyber café and training center for women, powered by a solar mini-grid for reliable and affordable electricity.

by |June 5, 2018

A Deep Dive Into Guinea’s Mining Industry

At the request of the United Nations Development Programme, four graduate students are developing a sustainability guide for the bauxite mining industry in Guinea.

by |April 20, 2018
Sam Goldberg

Sustainable Development Student Named Valedictorian of Columbia College Class of 2018

In addition to her academic achievements, undergraduate Sam Goldberg has excelled in her research in environmental sustainability, and stands out because of her passion to make the world a better place.

by |April 18, 2018
Young women learn traditional basket weaving

Celebrating Young Women’s Economic Empowerment for International Women’s Day 2018

Women today are completing higher levels of education and taking on more leadership roles, yet many barriers to economic empowerment still persist.

by |March 8, 2018
Andrea Ruiz

Andrea Cristina Ruiz is Using Economics to Combat Climate Change

Climate change will impact populations across the planet. MPA-DP graduate student Andrea Cristina Ruiz wants to bring their voices to the table.

by |March 6, 2018

Palm Oil in the Amazon: Threat or Opportunity?

Small migratory farming is responsible for 70% of the annual deforestation in Peru. Can palm oil address this problem and lead the change towards sustainable development in the Peruvian Amazon?

by |February 28, 2018
city in china

Turning Assessment into Action: Advancing China’s Urban Sustainability

How do you encourage cities to race to the top in sustainability performance?

by |February 8, 2018