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What’s in Our Waste Bins?

Sustainability Management student Asami Tanimoto dug through the university’s trash to discover what we’re throwing out, and how we can do better.

by |November 5, 2018

What Can We Do About the Growing E-waste Problem?

In 2016, the world discarded 49 million tons of electronic waste, yet only 20 percent of it was recycled. Where does e-waste go? And how are we going to deal the growing amounts of it?

by |August 27, 2018

What You Can Do to Fight Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution can feel overwhelming, but here are some concrete actions we can all take to make a difference.

by |May 11, 2018
Current MS in Sustainability Management Student Jordan Chan

Engaging Sustainability Initiatives in Schools

Master of Science in Sustainability Management student Jordan Chan knows that professionals involved in sustainability are passionate about what they do. She suggests reaching out to companies and people in positions of interest for an informational interview. That’s actually how she landed a job at PepsiCo, where she is responsible for developing programs for colleges and universities to assist schools advance their sustainability goals.

by |May 26, 2016

Zero Waste in San Francisco and New York: A Tale of Two Cities

Each city is different, and New York’s pace, diversity, and size make comparisons to San Francisco difficult. Still, large-scale behavior changes can be achieved with leadership, strategy and creativity.

by |March 28, 2016

#100. Taking a Fresh Look at Five Issues

This is the 100th blog I’ve written for the State of the Planet. It seemed like a good occasion to take a look at my five most popular blogs to see what has changed in the years since they were written. Is the news better or worse for seawater greenhouses, plastic pollution, turning wastewater into drinking water, coral reefs and rare earth metals?

by |January 14, 2016

Garbage: The Back End of the Renewable Economy

Many cities around the world are implementing innovative measures to deal with waste, and are increasingly incorporating waste management into sustainability plans. Some cities are setting positive examples through aggressive recycling and zero waste programs.

by |December 14, 2015

Map: Where Are the Trashiest New Yorkers?

No, not that kind of trashy – we’re talking here about what New York City neighborhoods produce the most municipal solid waste per person.

by |February 6, 2014

Clothing and Textile Recycling in New York City

Many of us have clothing, accessories, and linens that we haven’t used in years. Instead of letting them take up valuable storage space in your home, help them find a second home through recycling.

by |June 6, 2012
The “Rocket,” a food composter in Ruggles Hall at Columbia, is the result of three years of student efforts to start recycling food waste. Photo: Melissa von Mayrhauser

Composter Puts College Food Waste in Its Place

Columbia has welcomed a composting machine to campus, a first at a New York City university. Accepting food scraps, such as banana peels, coffee grounds and egg shells, the composter will provide a way to recycle the urban campus’s food waste while also serving as an educational tool.

by |April 10, 2012