Faculty Profiles 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

Writing About Global Science for the International Media, with Claudia Dreifus

A Sustainability Management course starting in July will help students develop skills to produce magazine articles. Professor Dreifus explains why these skills are important for scientists and sustainability professionals.

by |June 5, 2018
Bhakti Mirchandani

New Class on Impact Finance for Sustainability Practitioners

Instead of separating investment strategy from environmental and social goals, impact finance harnesses the capital markets to drive positive environmental and social change.

by |March 29, 2018

New Class on Circular Economy for Sustainability Professionals

A truly sustainable economy may require fundamentally re-thinking how we make and consume products. A new course delves into the challenges and opportunities of this transformation.

by |November 30, 2017

Theory & Practice of Life Cycle Assessment

MS in Sustainability Management Professor Christoph Meinrenken will bring his expertise to SUMA in Spring 2018 with a new course, Theory & Practice of Life Cycle Assessment.

by |November 22, 2017

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