Sustainability Archives - State of the Planet

Defining and Measuring Sustainability

An organization’s environmental performance and efforts to be good places to work and have a positive social impact are three separate concepts that should have three distinct sets of measures.

by |October 19, 2020

Sustainability Culture and Rebuilding Consensus on Environmental Policy

The only way out is by learning to listen to each other and forging compromises. The alternative is too dire to contemplate.

by |October 12, 2020

Maintaining Hope in A Horrible Time

Human ingenuity and persistence give me hope and help me navigate the worst public health catastrophe in a century.

by |October 5, 2020
Various grains for sale in Arusha market, Tanzania

Re-Imagining Africa’s Food Future at the Intersection of Agriculture and Conservation

In order to sustainably feed a growing population, Africa must shift to an agricultural system that recognizes the value of both people and nature.

by Alice Ruhweza, Jeff Worden, and Brighton Kaoma |September 10, 2020

Alumni Spotlight: Pooja Chawda, Decarbonizing the Future by Cultivating Interconnectedness

Her degree in Sustainability Manage helps her to fuse policy with environment and social justice.

by |September 3, 2020
A giant sandstorm pummels northern South Sudan

Double Trouble: The Importance of Thinking About Compound Risk

Compound risk — when multiple risks occur simultaneously, or one after another — was the topic of a recent discussion as part of the Resilience Media Project, a part of the Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at the Earth Institute.

by |August 11, 2020

Celebrating the Sustainability Management Program’s 10th Anniversary

The M.S. in Sustainability Management program is excited to celebrate its tenth anniversary this fall. Learn more about its history and future.

by |August 4, 2020

A New Primer on Climate Change Science

A new primer lays out the basics of climate science in compact form.

by |May 14, 2020

Cayte Bosler: Chronicler of Wilderness Conservation

Cayte is an explorer, an environmental journalist and conservationist, and a student in Columbia’s Sustainability Management masters program.

by |April 22, 2020
Jacky Austermann, Billy D'Andrea, and Roger Creel conducting field research in the Bahamas.

RSVP for the Spring 2020 Earth Institute Research Showcase

See interviews with Earth Institute students and join us virtually for the Earth Institute Research Showcase on April 10.

by Sydney Proffitt |April 9, 2020