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Sachs Receives ‘Inspiration’ Award

Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute, received the Dag Hammarskjold Inspiration Award of the Dag Hammarskjold Fund for Journalists at the United Nations on Nov. 13. He joins a list of recipients that includes UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, Her Majesty Queen Noor, and Mia Farrow, among others.

by |November 14, 2012

World Water Day

World Water Day 2012 has come and gone, but you can still visit our World Water Day page to learn more about water and food security, the theme of this year’s event, and much more. Then add your thoughts on the state of water across the globe.

by |March 22, 2012

Sachs Student Lecture: America’s Economic Crisis – Where Do We Go From Here?

Jeffrey D. Sachs will give his fifth annual student lecture on Tuesday, November 23 on Columbia University’s Morningside campus.

by |November 15, 2010
Students in the Field

More Ways to Study Sustainable Development Than Ever Before

There are several new courses and educational opportunities open to students this fall: Undergraduate Major in Sustainable Development (NEW MAJOR) Economic and Financial Methods for Sustainable Development (Satyajit Bose) The objective of this course is to introduce students to the skills and methods necessary to understand and evaluate the economic and financial aspects of sustainable… read more

by |August 30, 2010

Vote for the Earth Institute in the eBay Fundraising Tournament for the Environment

Do you share our belief that the world has the know-how and resources to solve our environmental challenges in a sustainable manner? Do you support efforts by the scientific community to help understand the effects of climate change, reduce environmental degradation, and advance renewable energy technologies? Then please vote for the Earth Institute in the… read more

by |April 28, 2010

Faculty House Awarded LEED Gold Certification

The newly renovated Faculty House at Columbia University has been awarded the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the United States Green Building Council. This is a significant and state-of –the-art environmental milestone for Faculty House and Columbia University, making it the first LEED Gold Certified building on Morningside campus. … read more

by |April 21, 2010

The Haiti Earthquake

The quake in Haiti came suddenly—but the results were predictable. At the moment it struck, scientists from the Earth Institute and other parts of Columbia University were in Port-au-Prince with a UN-sponsored project assessing how to reduce the nation’s obvious vulnerability to natural disasters. It is clear that the extreme toll came as much from poverty… read more

by |January 15, 2010

Four Times Around the World in 40 Days

For the first time in more than 40 days, the nose of the NASA DC-8 is pointing north after taking off from Punta Arenas airport. We have completed our Antarctic survey flights and are heading back home to Palmdale, California. But before we start climbing to cruising altitude we are flying at 300 ft above the Strait of Magellan just outside Punta Arenas to collect atmospheric chemistry data […]

by |November 24, 2009

A Breathtaking But Fragile Landscape

Michael Studinger, Instrument Co-Principal Investigator, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory: PUNTA ARENAS, Chile–The weather forecast for our survey over the Larsen C Ice Shelf looks good. Given the difficult weather over the past couple of days this is a welcome change. After studying satellite images and computer models and talking to the meteorologist at the Punta Arenas… read more

by |November 17, 2009

This Year’s Sachs Student Lecture

On Tuesday, November 17, Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute, will give his sixth annual student lecture from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Alfred Lerner Hall on the Columbia campus. The title of this year’s talk is “Choices for America’s Economic Future.”

The topics of Sachs’ lectures have varied over the years, but his message remains consistent. He presents a vision of a sustainable world […]

by |November 10, 2009