Center for Sustainable Urban Development Archives - State of the Planet

Fall 2018 Earth Institute Internship Opportunities

A variety of undergraduate, graduate and PhD positions are available in various departments and research centers. Apply by September 16, 2018.

by |August 13, 2018

New York City: a Learning Lab for Sustainable Transportation

In partnership with the Earth Institute’s Center for Sustainable Urban Development, the M.S. in Sustainability Management program has developed an exciting new inter-disciplinary course entitled Access, Innovation, and the Urban Transportation Transition. This class draws on a series of lectures, a case study approach and experiential learning in New York City.

by |May 1, 2017

Women Leaders Tackle the Urban Climate Challenge

Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, will join dozens of other leaders in government, business and the non-profit world at the Women4Climate conference at Columbia University on March 15.

by |March 8, 2017

How to Rethink Urban Transit, and Pay for It, Too

“We have conflated mobility with access, but mobility is not the same as access. The best solution to a transportation problem is to not have to travel. The city itself was invented as a solution to a transportation problem. We have cities so we don’t have to travel.”

by |April 19, 2016

Map & App Help People Track Transit in Nairobi

Commuters and others traveling in and around Nairobi often rely on an unofficial network of minibuses and minivans, called matatus, that have no centrally controlled schedules, fares or route plans. But a new application developed for use on cellphones with Google Maps can now help them find their way.

Hurricane Sandy, Hudson River, New York City

‘This is a wake-up call – don’t hit the snooze button’

For years before Hurricane Sandy charged ashore on Monday, researchers from the Earth Institute knew what was coming. As the region struggles to recover from this “superstorm,” we asked some of them to consider the lessons we can learn as we move forward.

by |November 6, 2012