Sustainability Management Student Blew the Whistle on Illegal Ivory

When Wendy Hapgood, a 2016 graduate of the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program, wrote about New York City's ivory business for a class, she ended up exposing illegal trade that was thriving in New York.

The story started with one of her classes in Sustainability Management: "Hapgood was looking for a term project for her Writing about Science for International Media class. Designed to help scientists communicate their work more effectively to the public, students enrolled in the course are encouraged to select a journalism project on a topic that they care about. Knowing that Hapgood had recently co-founded an anti-poaching organization, the Wild Tomorrow Fund, professor Claudia Dreifus encouraged her to investigate the possible sale of illegal elephant ivory in Manhattan."

Hapgood's work ended up spearheading real change in New York City.

Read the story in full at Columbia's Earth Institute blog, and learn more about graduate programs in Sustainability Management.