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Power to the People

A team of students designs and implements an off-grid solar panel system to help victims of Hurricane Maria.

by Kathrin Havrilla-Sanchez |January 22, 2020

It’s Not Just About Climate Change, It’s About Our Health – and the Energy Sector Is Key

Quickly transitioning our energy supplies to clean, low-carbon energy sources is a tremendous opportunity to improve our health.

by Melissa C. Lott |January 16, 2020
Ralph Izzo

New Podcast: U.S. Energy and Climate Policy in 2020

In this edition of Columbia Energy Exchange, host Bill Loveless is joined by Ralph Izzo, a well-known leader in the U.S. utility sector and in the public policy arena.

by |January 6, 2020

The Renewable Rather than Roaring Twenties: A Sustainability Decade

I believe we are entering the decade when humankind will firmly pivot in the direction of sustainability.

by |January 6, 2020
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Moving Toward Sustainable Energy in New York City

It is the leadership that we are seeing from New York’s government and institutions today that will help ensure that the cost structure of New York City’s energy will be able to compete with enlightened cities around the globe.

by |December 23, 2019

Con Ed Study Details Projected Climate Impacts on Energy Systems

Report finds extreme heat, coastal storm surge, inland flooding and more violent storms will significantly impact the energy systems of the New York City area in the 21st century.

by |December 20, 2019

COP 25 in Madrid and the Limits of Climate Diplomacy

I remain optimistic about the technologies of renewable energy and the economic opportunities presented by our need to decarbonize and modernize our energy system.

by |December 16, 2019
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Combating Global Climate Change at the Regional Scale

In a recent forum, researchers explained how Columbia Global Centers helped them appreciate the different priorities and approaches of other countries in regards to the climate crisis.

by Lisa Foderaro |December 10, 2019

The Symbolic and Substantive Politics of Climate Change

The many efforts to communicate the climate emergency are all necessary but not sufficient methods for reducing greenhouse gas pollution. Today’s words must lead to tomorrow’s actions.

by |November 25, 2019

How Columbia’s Electrochemical Energy Center is Working to Decarbonize Society

The center focuses on developing better batteries as well as other energy storage options, which are key to a future fueled by renewable energy.

by |November 7, 2019