Sustainable Development Archives - State of the Planet

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
presentation at a meeting

Sustainability Students Volunteer Problem-Solving Abilities

Student-led projects offered sustainability advisory services to three organizations in New York during the Fall 2017 semester.

by |January 29, 2018

Global Environment Report Card Sees Dirty Air, Failing Fisheries

Many countries are making progress on improving water sanitation and protecting marine ecosystems. But air pollution continues as a leading health problem in many nations, and fisheries are deteriorating almost everywhere.

by |January 23, 2018
city in china

Sustainability Measurement in China: Fostering a Race to the Top

The Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management recently released the China Sustainable Development Indicator System, a new sustainability indicator framework and annual ranking of the sustainability performance of Chinese cities.

by |January 23, 2018
Hurricane maria's destruction in puerto rico

Puerto Rico Faces a Long Road to a Sustainable Future

Puerto Rico suffered an estimated $94 billion or more in damage, on top of an already sagging economy and $74 billion in debt. The island needs a total reboot. Can it do it sustainably?

by |November 30, 2017