MPA in Environmental Science and Policy Archives - State of the Planet

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Spring 2020 Workshop Will Analyze Five Environmental Challenges

Students will investigate policy or management problems faced by their clients in government and nonprofit agencies.

by Greg Hopper |January 24, 2020
North Atlantic right whale and calf

The “Right” Whale to Save

Environmental Science and Policy students analyze legislation meant to save North Atlantic right whales from extinction.

by Sophie Capshaw-Mack |December 11, 2019
Brighton training young people in Hong Kong

Brighton Kaoma: Empowering Communities for Climate Action Since Age 14

As a teenage radio journalist in Zambia, Kaoma helped communities voice their environmental concerns. Now he’s a graduate student in Environmental Science and Policy.

by Brighton Mukupa Kaoma |November 20, 2019
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Recommendations for Creating a Department of Sustainability and Climate Change in NYC

A graduate student workshop evaluated the challenges and opportunities for a bill that aims to unite sustainability and resiliency issues under one office in city government.

by |October 23, 2019
food waste is a big problem in the U.S.

The Hidden Costs of Food Waste

Nearly 40 percent of all food goes uneaten in the U.S. Environmental policy alumni examine the impacts of food waste and how we can make a difference.

by |August 23, 2019
Josefina Correa

Student Spotlight: Incorporating Sustainable Policies Within the Mining Industry

Former mining consultant Josefina Correa is studying Environmental Science and Policy in order to provide sustainable solutions to mining industry challenges.

by |August 16, 2019
Park Williams explains to policy students how tree rings can shed light on climate history.

Where Science Meets Policy: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Hosts Environmental Policy Students

As part of the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy, students undertake science courses that will serve as a foundational basis for tackling policy issues. Who better to learn from than the individuals who dominate earth science research?

by |July 26, 2019

Environmental Science and Policy Students Tackle Legislation Head-on

As part of their coursework, the students will analyze and develop implementation plans for five real-world bills.

by |July 8, 2019

Alum Spotlight: Presidential Management Fellow Reflects on Transition to the Public Sector

An MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alum discusses her role as an international trade specialist and how Columbia helped facilitate a pivot to the public sector.

by |May 1, 2019

Faculty Spotlight: Sara Tjossem Focuses on Sustainability and the History of Science

Senior lecturer Sara Tjossem discusses her research and role in the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program.

by |April 1, 2019