Sustainability Archives - State of the Planet

The Electric Car, Technological Disruption, and Climate Change

There is no chance that the century-old technology of the internal combustion engine will remain much longer. It is a question of how long it will take to go electric.

by |March 18, 2019

Energy Efficiency: A Clue to Politically Feasible Climate Policy

The only politically feasible way of combatting climate change is to invest in research and development and infrastructure that makes our energy system more efficient and less dependent on fossil fuels.

by |March 11, 2019

Creating a Global and Unified Perspective on Infrastructure

Growing up in Africa, Catarina Carvalho was impressed by how people’s lifestyles transformed as infrastructure developed over time. She wanted to be a part of that phenomenon.

by |February 22, 2019

Studying Sustainability in Israel: It’s Complicated

MPA in Environmental Science and Policy students travel to Israel to learn more about the geopolitical climate and resource management as a tool for peace.

by |February 11, 2019
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What’s Needed for a Sustainable, Equitable and Healthy Food System?

A report integrates the environmental, health, and social impacts of agriculture into one framework to help us make informed decisions about food.

by |February 7, 2019

Students Push Columbia Towards Carbon Neutrality

Columbia for Carbon Neutrality, led by sophomores Arianna Menzelos and Meredith Harris, wants the university to commit to being carbon neutral by 2030.

by |January 30, 2019

Alum Spotlight: Applying Management, Strategic Communication and Policy Expertise to Human and Environmental Health

MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alum Julie Manoharan leverages her degree to help shape communications strategies and program development.

by |January 29, 2019

A Record 16 Leading Sustainability Practitioners Headed to Practicum

The Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership, a course in the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, will host a record 16 leading sustainability practitioners this spring.

by |January 18, 2019

Seeking Book Proposals on Water, Green Infrastructure, Climate Change Adaptation, and Public Health

The Education Committee of the Earth Institute faculty is seeking proposals for a new series of sustainability primers to be published by Columbia University Press. Proposals are due by March 4, 2019.

by |January 11, 2019

The Truly Serious Side of Roadkill

A new film how India’s fast-expanding road networks is fragmenting the few remaining refuges of many endangered creatures. The results are hard to watch.

by |January 8, 2019