Sustainability Archives - State of the Planet

Defining and Measuring Sustainability

An organization’s environmental performance and efforts to be good places to work and have a positive social impact are three separate concepts that should have three distinct sets of measures.

by |October 19, 2020

How Religion Influences Our Relationship With the Environment

A new study looks at the links between religion and attitudes toward the environment.

by Vegard Skirbekk, Alexander de Sherbinin and Susana Adamo |October 15, 2020

Sustainability Culture and Rebuilding Consensus on Environmental Policy

The only way out is by learning to listen to each other and forging compromises. The alternative is too dire to contemplate.

by |October 12, 2020

Maintaining Hope in A Horrible Time

Human ingenuity and persistence give me hope and help me navigate the worst public health catastrophe in a century.

by |October 5, 2020
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Protecting Biodiversity Requires Action at All Levels

As the U.N. gathers for a biodiversity summit, an alum reminds us that citizens’ actions and voices can make a difference, too.

by Andrés Córdova |September 29, 2020

California’s Continuing Climate Leadership

California deserves our gratitude for again leading the way and providing hope in this most difficult time.

by |September 28, 2020
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How the Eco Ambassador Program is Transforming Environmental Education

The program from Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development is equipping young people with skills to address environmental crises in their communities.

by Center for Sustainable Development |September 24, 2020

Building the Profession of Sustainability Management

Today, most of those running sustainability units are trained in other fields. As they retire they will be replaced by well-trained sustainability professionals.

by |September 21, 2020
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Alumni Spotlight: Milo McBride, Climate Advocate and Creative Thinker

The recent graduate shares highlights from his time in the Environmental Science and Policy program, and advice for current students.

by Jiaqi Wang |September 17, 2020
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An Interview with Bruce Kahn, an Ecologist Who Became an Investment Banker

The Sustainability Management lecturer shares his views on how consumer demand could and should drive sustainability transformations.

by Sarah Hussain |September 16, 2020