undergraduate program in sustainable development news

Students in the “Challenges of Sustainable Development” course presented their solutions for the problem of air pollution and haze in Singapore at Bard College’s Third Annual Asia and the Environment Research Conference. From left: instructor Jason Wong, Annie Block, Chelsea Jean-Michel, Marchelle Lundquist, Elsie Platzer, Francesca Merrick and Bennett Smith.

With a Little Software Magic, Students Create Pollution Solutions

Undergraduate sustainability students explored innovative software and 3D printing to create a set of possible solutions to help Singapore cope with a big problem: haze and air pollution drifting over the city state from burning forests in neighboring Indonesia.

by |April 20, 2017
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New Organizations and Networking Opportunities at 2017 All Ivy Fair

The All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Career Fair has earned itself a reputation in the sustainability industry as being the premier place to recruit talented students from the Ivy League universities. This year, the fair attracted 80 employers—many of them attending for the first time—from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

by |March 13, 2017

Earth Institute Spring 2017 Internships

This spring, The Earth Institute is offering students opportunities to work as interns within various departments and research centers at the institute. All full-time Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply.

by |December 28, 2016

Spring 2017 Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunities

Undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard will be able to serve as research assistants on research projects related to sustainable development and the environment with distinguished faculty and researchers at the cutting edge of this burgeoning field.

by |December 28, 2016
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Students Advise County on Permeable Pavement

The biggest barrier to installation or permeable pavement is funding. But the positive outcomes include reduced flooding, less stormwater runoff, and recharging of aquifers.

by |December 19, 2016

Sustainable Development Fall 2016 Workshop Briefings

By Chandler Precht On December 9, 2016, students in the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development presented practical solutions to sustainability issues and challenges faced by real world clients. Under the guidance of Professor Stuart Gaffin and Professor Radley Horton, the Capstone Workshop offers students a chance to convey the knowledge and theories gained throughout their time in the… read more

by |December 10, 2016
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Alumna Planting ‘Seeds’ for Sustainable Education in Africa

“What I enjoy the most is that I get to have to opportunity to solve real-life problems that affect hundreds of children and women that are part of our education and community development programs.”

by |November 6, 2016
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Climate Justice Advocate Strives to Create Solutions

“Climate adaptation often serves to reinforce existing power structures by focusing on technocratic solutions and empowering experts and policymakers. My research and career goals are framed by this understanding, and I seek to center political and social mechanisms in questions of adaptation.”

by |November 4, 2016
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Spring 2017 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Positions

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development is currently accepting applications for spring 2017 teaching assistant positions. Applications will only be accepted from graduate students and undergraduate juniors or seniors at Columbia. The deadline to apply is Nov. 21.

by |October 21, 2016
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Star Students Talk Sustainability, and What They’ve Learned

“The program has given me the chance to acquire a wide range of skills and tools including, but not limited to: GIS analysis, mastering the art of the bucket shower, field methods in ecology, writing about technical environmental issues for a public audience, image processing large-scale data sets in MATLAB, … public speaking, creating effective conservation management plans, and being able to identify every animal in the opening credits of the Lion King.”

by |September 12, 2016