Transportation Archives - State of the Planet

E-scooter riders take to the streets of Portland, Oregon. Photo by Sarah Petersen

Coming Soon To A City Near You: E-Scooters

Shared, dockless electric scooters have taken to the streets of cities across the U.S. Is New York City ground zero for the next e-scooter invasion?

by |October 26, 2018

Alum Launches First-Ever Shared Electric Mopeds in New York City

With his passion for energy and sustainability, Frank Reig, an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alum, is working to make urban transit “fast, affordable and way more fun.”

by |August 20, 2018
Malo Hutson photo in front of tree

Investigating How the Built Environment Impacts Health and Equality

Having grown up poor, urbanist and Earth Institute faculty member Malo Hutson brings a unique perspective to his work with displaced and impoverished people.

by |August 14, 2018
map shows carbon emissions of a trip from flushing to upper west side

This Website Calculates the Carbon Emissions From Your Daily Commute

How much does it actually matter if you take public transit instead of driving? Here’s an easy way to find out.

by |June 15, 2018

Will Electric Vehicles Take Over the World?

Many countries are banning fossil fuel run cars in favor of electric vehicles. How does the future look for EVs and how green are they really?

by |April 23, 2018
an empty subway car

Could Robo-Taxis Kill Public Transportation?

Self-driving cars will fundamentally change how we live and work. But not all of those changes will be positive.

by |November 30, 2017

New York City’s Subways Need Congestion Pricing Now

Charging drivers more could provide much-needed funding for public transit, while reducing traffic and making Manhattan a better place to live and work.

by |November 20, 2017

New York City: a Learning Lab for Sustainable Transportation

In partnership with the Earth Institute’s Center for Sustainable Urban Development, the M.S. in Sustainability Management program has developed an exciting new inter-disciplinary course entitled Access, Innovation, and the Urban Transportation Transition. This class draws on a series of lectures, a case study approach and experiential learning in New York City.

by |May 1, 2017

How to Rethink Urban Transit, and Pay for It, Too

“We have conflated mobility with access, but mobility is not the same as access. The best solution to a transportation problem is to not have to travel. The city itself was invented as a solution to a transportation problem. We have cities so we don’t have to travel.”

by |April 19, 2016

This Earth Day, Commute Another Way

This Earth Day, April 22, 2016, New York City residents and commuters are encouraged to leave their car at home and use another means of travel as part of the city’s first year of Car-Free Day. Find out what Columbia University is doing in support of #CarFreeNYC.

by |April 18, 2016