solar energy Archives - State of the Planet

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

Pro Bono Legal Team Helps Farmers and Homeowners Fight for Renewable Energy

The Renewable Energy Legal Defense Initiative is pushing back against local laws that block progress on solar and wind projects.

by |August 22, 2019

Alum’s New Book Promotes Renewable Energy Literacy

Harness It, a book by MS in Sustainability Management alum Michael Ginsberg, details how renewable energy sources are integrated into the grid.

by |May 10, 2019

Renewable Technology Prices and Decarbonization

The use of fossil fuels will only be reduced by something that is as cheap, convenient and reliable. Fortunately for the planet, renewable energy is poised to drive fossil fuels from the market.

by |April 8, 2019

SUMA Net Impact Turns Students Into Sustainability Consultants

A matchmaking program pairs Sustainability Management students with industry leaders aspiring to make positive changes.

by |October 30, 2018
women in India learning digital skills on a laptop

New Center Would Bring Digital Skills, Solar Energy and Employment Hope For Women—All Under One Roof

The proposed “ITC Center” in India would provide a cyber café and training center for women, powered by a solar mini-grid for reliable and affordable electricity.

by |June 5, 2018

What it Will Take to Decarbonize the Economy

The transition to a renewable resource-based economy will be a massive and complex endeavor and its difficulty should not be underestimated. The transition depends on five key components.

by |December 4, 2017
Hurricane maria's destruction in puerto rico

Puerto Rico Faces a Long Road to a Sustainable Future

Puerto Rico suffered an estimated $94 billion or more in damage, on top of an already sagging economy and $74 billion in debt. The island needs a total reboot. Can it do it sustainably?

by |November 30, 2017

Alumni Startup Brings Pay-as-you-Go Solar Energy to Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, only 1 percent of rural citizens have access to electricity. Easy Solar, founded by graduates of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, hopes to change that.

by |September 25, 2017

Solar New York

Governor Cuomo has set the goal that in less than a decade and a half, 50% of New York State’s energy will come from renewable resources. To some, that goal seems to be a stretch, but the chatter I’m starting to hear indicates we might even do better.

by |October 3, 2016