New York City Archives - State of the Planet

New York City and the Brain-Based Economy

We need fresh thinking and creative problem solving to generate the revenues, programs and institutions that will continue New York’s tradition of opportunity coupled with compassion and a measure of equity.

by |December 9, 2019

Within Sight of New York City, an Old-Growth Forest Faces Storms and Sea Level Rise

On a peninsula within sight of New York City, researchers are studying trees dating as far back as the early 1800s. Rising seas and more powerful storms, both fueled by climate change, could eventually spell their end.

by |December 3, 2019

Photo Essay: An Old-Growth Forest Near New York City Faces Storms and Sea-Level Rise

Centuries-old trees on a peninsula near New York City could provide an important record of past storms. Researchers recently traveled there to sample the trees before they are wiped out by rising seas and powerful storms.

by |December 3, 2019

Trip to the Catskills Teaches Students About NYC’s Water Supply

The visit revealed how collaborative efforts help to ensure the city receives high quality water with low treatment costs, while providing local jobs.

by Charlotte Munson, Stephanie Main and Lauren Ritchie |November 22, 2019
students strike in front of columbia university low library

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

Building Greener Urban Environments Through Solar Energy

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development held the first Speaker Series of the semester with Solar One, a not-for-profit whose mission is to foster sustainability and resiliency in urban environments.

by |October 22, 2019

Event: Earth Institute Experts to Discuss How to Act on Climate

Join us at ‘Our Future Festival NYC’ on September 21. This groundbreaking climate event is designed to inform and inspire.

by |September 12, 2019
flooding in nyc street from hurricane sandy

How Climate Change Threatens NYC’s Transportation Infrastructure

Environmental Science and Policy alum Susanne DesRoches has testified before Congress on how to build resiliency in roadways and public transit.

by |September 4, 2019

What Are the Hidden Co-Benefits of Green Infrastructure?

A new study compares how 14 types of green infrastructure contribute to 22 potential benefits for urban communities.

by |September 3, 2019

New York: A City of Seasons

I love the seasonality and endless variety of my home city and I do not find its intensity incompatible with the goal of environmental sustainability.

by |September 3, 2019