Sustainability Archives - State of the Planet

Symposium Will Discuss How Businesses Can Lead on Climate

An event on March 6 will bring together representatives from the world’s most powerful industries to discuss the role of business in addressing today’s urgent sustainability challenges.

by |February 27, 2020

Jeff Fralick: Chasing Storms and Change

Always weather-obsessed, Fralick enrolled in the Sustainability Science program because he wants to take on the threats of climate change and incorporate sustainable practices into everyday life.

by Ofelia Mariana Lopez |February 13, 2020

So, Is Organic Food Actually More Sustainable?

Ultimately, sustainable food production is a tradeoff between optimizing yield and minimizing environmental degradation.

by Naomi Zimmerman |February 5, 2020

Earth Institute Experts Share Key to Successful Interdisciplinary Research

A recent case study of multidisciplinary work within the Earth Institute highlights challenges and best practices, to smooth the path for future cross-cutting projects.

by Katy Coomes |February 4, 2020

Completing My Fieldwork and Returning to Dhaka

My last days in the field brought us to monuments in a makeshift home near the ocean, a flooded field next to a school, and adjacent to a jute mill. Most of us now head back to Dhaka, the capital. Céline will stay on a few more days, then Hasnat with Saif and Nahin will continue until all the monuments are resurveyed.

by |January 13, 2020

Long Days in the Field in Southern Bangladesh

We continued our GPS surveys of monuments to measure land subsidence. While the work general went very well, we faced challenges from obscured or tilted monuments. We also struggled with large traffic delays, particularly at unpredictable ferry crossings.

by |January 10, 2020

Installing GPS Around Barisal, Bangladesh

Getting to remote sites started to prove challenging, and involved many forms of transportation by land and water.

by |January 9, 2020

Back to Bangladesh: How Fast is the Delta Sinking?

I am back in Bangladesh once more to investigate the balance between sea level rise, the sinking of the land, and the filling of the space with sediments.

by |January 4, 2020

New Online Option for Sustainable Finance Certification Launches Next Year

Starting in the fall 2020 semester, students will be able to complete the program by enrolling in either online or on-campus courses, or both.

by |December 10, 2019

Call for Proposals for Earth Institute Sustainability Primers

The Education Committee of the Earth Institute faculty is seeking proposals for a series of sustainability primers published by Columbia University Press. Proposals are due by March 2, 2020.

by |December 3, 2019