Sustainability Archives - State of the Planet

FEMA’S Failure and the Catastrophe of Our Federal Government

We have reason to question the competence and readiness of the federal government after over two years of amateurish, chaotic and dominantly political presidential leadership.

by |July 15, 2019

Podcast Discusses New Book About the Quest for Renewable Energy

Award-winning investigative reporter Russell Gold discusses his new book, Superpower, in the latest episode of the Columbia Energy Exchange podcast.

Regulation and Reality in Reducing Global Warming

In order to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, we need to work together with businesses and communities to help develop the capacity to reduce emissions.

by |July 8, 2019

A Hopeful 4th of July

The point of July 4th is that we can disagree and live to argue about it long into the night. Let’s keep it that way.

by |July 1, 2019

The Competitive Benefits of a Modern Energy System

The states that modernize first will end up with a more reliable and lower cost energy system.

by |June 24, 2019

Sustainable Development Spring 2019 Workshop Briefings

On May 7, students enrolled in the Sustainable Development Capstone Workshop made their final presentations to the university community before providing their recommendations to their clients.

by |June 19, 2019

Teaching Assistant Opportunity in Sustainable Development Program

The undergraduate-level Sustainable Development Workshop course is looking for a TA for Fall 2019. The deadline to apply is July 31.

by |June 11, 2019

California Can’t Compromise on Cars

California is not going to compromise on cars. Lots of older Californians remember smog so thick you could not see the mountains surrounding Los Angeles from within L.A. They do not want to go back to those bad old days.

by |June 10, 2019

Prof. Cohen Discusses Sustainability and Cities, Government, and Sustainable Lifestyles

The Columbia Alliance program profiled Steve Cohen to discuss approaches to shape a sustainable urban future.

by |June 5, 2019

Floods, Infrastructure and Climate Change

Climate change will require that we rebuild our flood control systems in new and creative ways. We will need more research on climate impacts to do this successfully and we will need to moderate the rate of those impacts to ensure that what we build doesn’t quickly become outdated.

by |June 3, 2019