Sustainability Management News

Getting Into Graduate School: What Do Admissions Directors Seek in an Application?

From internships to recommendation letters to supplemental essays, admissions professionals shared the do’s and don’ts of applying to graduate school.

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Sustainability Management Students Visit Hunts Point Produce Market in the South Bronx

Students confronted the transportation and energy challenges that face Hunts Point Produce Market, the largest produce market in the world.

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Steven Cohen: Why Carbon Taxes Aren't the Solution to Reducing Greenhouse Gases

A faculty member of the M.S. program in Sustainability Management suggests that meaningful climate policy should focus on researching, developing, and incentivizing renewable energy – not pricing carbon.

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Prof. Bruce Kahn Discusses Protecting the Environment While Scoring Higher Returns

Can you be a good investor while saving the planet? Sustainability management professor Bruce Kahn says yes.

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Sustainability Management Alums Create Award-Winning Sandy Rebuild Design

A group of Columbia alumni that included Steven Burke and Erin McNally, two graduates of the master’s program in Sustainability Management, collaborated on a resilient and sustainable design aimed at rebuilding a single-family home that was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. The team earned the People’s Choice Award from the Urban Green Council‘s R3build Design Competition.

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We Need to Accelerate the Development of Sustainability Metrics

If we are to make the transition to a renewable resource based economy, we need to do a better job of measuring the sustainability of our organizations, cities and nations, argues Steven Cohen, Director of the M.S. in Sustainability Management program.

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Will New York City Continue to Have a Green Mayor?

On the day before New York City’s primary elections, Steven Cohen, Director of the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, asks whether the green initiatives of the Bloomberg era will remain a priority of the new mayor and whether the city will continue to be a leader in sustainability planning and management.

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EPA's Gina McCarthy Vows to Act on Climate Change

The EPA is under attack but its newly confirmed Administrator, Gina McCarthy, won’t let it go down without a fight, predicts Steven Cohen, Director of the M.S. in Sustainability Management program.

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A Sustainability Consultancy That "Walks the Talk"

Closed Loop Advisors, the sustainability management consultancy cofounded by JD Capuano, May 2012 graduate of Columbia’s M.S. in Sustainability Management program (SUMA), now can be counted among hundreds of forward-thinking small businesses and several large ones, including Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, and the Cabot Creamery dairy cooperative. The common factor is B Corp Certification, which designates a business that meets standards set by the B Lab nonprofit agency for social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. It’s like LEED Certification, but for an entire business instead of a single building, and it’s an achievement Capuano and his business partner, fellow SUMA graduate Sami Abbay, knew they wanted when they started their business a year-and-a-half ago, when both were still Columbia students.

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Sustainability, Racism, and America's Capacity to Change

President Obama’s recent reflections on Trayvon Martin and race in America remind Steven Cohen, Director of the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, of the danger of living too much in the present and expecting that the world of tomorrow will look like the world of today.

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