An Environmental Science and Policy graduate discusses how the program prepared her for the challenges ahead in her work helping electric and water utilities transform their business.
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Growing up in Africa, Catarina Carvalho was impressed by how people’s lifestyles transformed as infrastructure developed over time. She wanted to be a part of that phenomenon.
Alum Spotlight: Applying Management, Strategic Communication and Policy Expertise to Human and Environmental Health
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alum Julie Manoharan leverages her degree to help shape communications strategies and program development.
Watson Millison’s degree in Sustainability Management has come in handy now that he’s a member of the corporate sustainability team at JetBlue Airways.
David Prieto, 2015 graduate of the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program, has been awarded a Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research Grant focused on interdisciplinary issues across the Arctic.
Alan Burchell is the founder and principal of Urbanstrong, which he started shortly after graduating from Columbia’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management program in 2014. When choosing courses, Alan encourages MSSM students to fill up their tool belts. In his experience, “Knowledge is great, but tools get you hired.” Alan recommends to take classes that will teach you a transferable skill.
MSSM alum Diana McCarthy-Bercury (’16) commuted from New Haven, Conn., to attend the MSSM program from 2012 to 2015. Diana is currently an energy efficiency program manager at Eversource, an electric and natural gas utility in New England, which specializes in energy services. She is determined to leave a mark by not leaving a mark.
Sustainability Management alum Krista Eichenbaum (’16) moved from Toronto to attend the MSSM program to better address resiliency challenges in cities. She is currently Project Analyst and Manager at a women-owned engineering consulting firm, specializing in civil engineering, urban planning, and sustainability.
Energy efficiency, corporate sustainability reporting, and investor relations piqued Charlotte Peyraud’s interest and became her focus, and ultimately, her career.
“In the mainstream market, sustainability is seldom a selling feature. … This makes it challenging for sustainable manufacturers to thrive and provides little incentive for traditional manufactures to green their materials and processes. The market will change when mainstream consumers demand sustainable goods.”