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Alumni Spotlight: Elena Belletti Finds Economic Solutions for Environmental Protection

She’s helping countries improve sustainability while achieving their development goals.

by Joshua Cooper |June 23, 2020

Alumni Spotlight: Lili Gao, Energy Consultant

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.

by Greg Hopper |March 10, 2020

Creating a Global and Unified Perspective on Infrastructure

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.

by |February 22, 2019

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.

by |January 29, 2019

Alum Helps Build the Business Case for Sustainability

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.

by |May 16, 2018

With Fulbright Grant, Alum Will Study Arctic Ocean Protection

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.

by |August 8, 2017

Getting the Tools to Get Hired

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.

by |June 1, 2017

Redefining our Relationship to Energy

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.

by |April 27, 2017

Resiliency Strategies to Sustain Businesses and Livelihoods

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.

by |March 9, 2017

Sustainability Bonds: a Personal and Professional Network

Energy efficiency, corporate sustainability reporting, and investor relations piqued Charlotte Peyraud’s interest and became her focus, and ultimately, her career.

by |September 29, 2016