environmental sustainability Archives - State of the Planet

The Challenges of Planning for a Sustainable Dinner Party

Students in a sustainable development class learned how complicated it can be to account for economic, environmental and social concerns, even in something as simple as planning a meal.

by |November 25, 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

Beyond Climate: The Crisis of Environmental Sustainability

Environmental sustainability requires that we stop global warming, but we must move beyond climate change and address the other critical challenges confronting the planet.

by |September 23, 2019

Trump Cannot Stop the Transition to Environmental Sustainability

Trump cannot stop the attention most of us are paying to environmental sustainability, and I remain confident that the transition to a renewable resource-based economy has begun.

by |October 9, 2017

The Evolution of Sustainability Education

The most fundamental evolution of the field from environmental policy to sustainability management is that our profession is no longer limited to advocates, lobbyists and policy makers, but now includes entrepreneurs, green financiers, builders, managers and owners.

by |May 22, 2017

Students Travel to the Middle East

Students from Columbia University and Tel Aviv University are traveling through Jordan and Israel to learn about environmental challenges facing the two countries. They’ll be posting here about their experiences. You can also follow them on social media at #CUJordanIsrael2016.

by |May 25, 2016

How Well is the World Protecting Ecosystems and Human Health?

The new global environmental report card is out. The 2016 Environmental Performance Index graded 180 countries on how well they are protecting human health and their ecosystems. While the world is making progress in some areas, it is seriously falling behind in others.

by |February 18, 2016