Faculty Profile Archives - State of the Planet

Ethics for Sustainability Management and Finance

The redesigned course focuses on the ethical challenges, pathways, and practices of sustainability in its intersections with the financial sector.

by |July 20, 2018

Accounting, Finance, and Modeling of Sustainable Investments

In Fall 2018, this course will examine traditional and emerging financial and cost accounting practices, non-financial sustainability performance metrics, and more.

by |July 12, 2018

New Sustainability Science Program Features Course on Climate Science for Decision-Makers

Understanding the range of climate risks requires understanding the way in which climate models are built and the assumptions that underpin them.

by |April 12, 2018

Faculty Profile: Klaus S. Lackner

To address the exponential rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations since the Industrial Revolution, Professor Klaus S. Lackner, director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at the Earth Institute, is working on ambitious carbon capture and sequestration strategies.  “Our goal is to take a process that takes 100,000 years and compress it into 30… read more

by |December 12, 2016

Faculty Profile: Robert S. Chen

When satellite images revealed rapid collapse of several ice shelves in Antarctica in early 2008, it triggered warning bells for Robert Chen. “My first scientific paper as a graduate student, published in 1980 and co-authored with climatologist Steve Schneider, was about the potential collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet,” says Chen. “Many believed that… read more

by |November 11, 2016

Faculty Profile: Edward Lloyd

Many young law school students dream of one day arguing a case in front of the Supreme Court or of teaching a classroom full of bright future activists who will use their legal skills to defend environmental causes and advocate for human rights. Professor Edward Lloyd is one of few lawyers who, in a vocation… read more

by |October 10, 2016

Faculty Profile: Ruth DeFries

What can satellite imagery tell us about the impact of humanity’s transformation of the landscape on climate and ecosystems? A lot, according to Ruth DeFries, ecosystems expert, Denning Professor of Sustainable Development, and professor of ecology, evolution, and environmental biology at Columbia University and the Earth Institute’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC). DeFries… read more

by |September 9, 2016

Faculty Profile: Kenneth Prewitt

Kenneth Prewitt brings to the Earth Institute a very interesting and eclectic background rarely seen in academia–even in a diverse setting like the Earth Institute.  Now the Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs, he has spent about half of his career in research universities and the other half… read more

by |August 8, 2016

Faculty Profile: Joseph Graziano

There are few people in the world who have helped save or drastically improve as many lives as Joseph Graziano.  By devoting his career to understanding the consequences of exposure to metals, he has helped strengthen historic legislation and develop critical drugs to treat lead poisoning, and he has helped roughly 100,000 people reduce their… read more

by |July 7, 2016

Faculty Profile: Mark Cane

Mark Cane has never been one to follow the status quo. After studying pure mathematics and what is now known as computer science at Harvard in the 60s, he took a hiatus from academia to work in New York and explore his roots in the Lower East Side. Little did he know that several decades… read more

by |June 6, 2016