Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development Archives - State of the Planet

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The Next Climate Tech Breakthrough May Have Already Happened, We Just Didn’t Notice

How biomimicry and evolution can offer sustainable solutions for adaptation and resilience.

by Isabelle Seckler |January 10, 2020

Water Management and Sustainability in New York City

The final Speaker Series talk of the semester detailed how NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection manages the city’s various water resources, ranging from drinking water to wastewater.

by Minji Ko |December 19, 2019

Students Address Real-World Sustainability Challenges in Capstone Workshop Briefings

The workshop offers students an opportunity to apply the skills and techniques they have gained through their studies to solve real-world problems for a client.

by Minji Ko |December 18, 2019

Funding Opportunities for Travel and Field Research in Spring 2020

Applications for the Spring 2020 Global Fellows and Travel Grant Programs are now open! Apply today for funding for your sustainability research.

by |December 13, 2019
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Spring 2020 Earth Institute Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunities

A variety of undergraduate research assistant positions are available. Apply by January 29, 2020.

by |December 11, 2019
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Spring 2020 Earth Institute Internship Opportunities

A variety of undergraduate, graduate and PhD positions are available in various departments and research centers. Apply by January 29, 2019.

by |December 9, 2019

The Challenges of Planning for a Sustainable Dinner Party

Students in a sustainable development class learned how complicated it can be to account for economic, environmental and social concerns, even in something as simple as planning a meal.

by |November 25, 2019

Trip to the Catskills Teaches Students About NYC’s Water Supply

The visit revealed how collaborative efforts help to ensure the city receives high quality water with low treatment costs, while providing local jobs.

by Charlotte Munson, Stephanie Main and Lauren Ritchie |November 22, 2019

Speaker Series Guest Discusses Green Solutions

During her talk, Margaret Oloriz from Arcadis shared her experiences and knowledge in designing green infrastructure solutions to serve local communities.

by Minji Ko |November 21, 2019
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Sustainable Development Undergrads Win Third Place In Circular Economy Competition

The Columbia team impressed retail executives and economic experts with its idea for a company that reuses and repurposes discarded furniture.

by Jason Wong |November 19, 2019