Sustainability Archives - State of the Planet

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Join the Earth Institute’s Climate and Sustainability Communications Network

The network, open to all members of the Columbia community, will explore communications solutions to the challenges of climate change and sustainability.

by |October 18, 2019

The Role of the University in Environmental Sustainability

A model of engagement and connecting research and education to problem-solving is particularly important in the field of environmental sustainability.

by |October 14, 2019

Q&A With Sustainable Engineering Expert Tom Abdallah

The chief environmental engineer for the MTA New York City Transit is currently teaching the Capstone Workshop in the Sustainability Management masters program.

by |October 9, 2019

Defining and Measuring Sustainability

An emphasis on generally accepted sustainability metrics can help ensure that sustainability substance dominates sustainability symbols.

by |October 7, 2019
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A Sustainability Indicator to Compare the Bike Friendliness of U.S. Cities

An index created by a student would measure how well cities are encouraging bicycling through infrastructure, safety, and clean air.

by |October 2, 2019
Kytt MacManus, standing left, and Dorothee Grant, sitting right, look at a computer monitor as they study images of nightime lights data.

Bright Lights, Big Cities: An Intern Takes on the World of Remote Sensing

Intern Dorothee Grant is using daytime and nighttime lights satellite data to help map urban areas at large spatial scales.

by |October 1, 2019
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Climate Change and Economic Consumption

Climate change requires nothing less than transforming the nature of economic production and consumption: Not to consume less, but to consume without destroying the planet that sustains us.

by |September 30, 2019

You Asked: Should We All Go Vegetarian or Vegan to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint?

Short answer: Moderation is key.

by |September 26, 2019
Karenna Gore speaks at a rally protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline

Karenna Gore on the Intersection of Faith, Climate Change, and Social Justice

How the daughter of Al Gore has forged her own unique path on addressing the biggest challenge of modern times.

by |September 25, 2019

Alum Works on Embedding Sustainability into Business Operations

Andrea Gomez Vesga works at ABM Industries Inc. as their corporate sustainability manager.

by |September 24, 2019