Sustainability Management News
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.
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.
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.
Closed Loop Advisors, the sustainability management consulting firm cofounded by Sami Abbay and JD Capuano, 2012 graduates of the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, has gained B Corporation Certification, reflecting its commitment to positive social and environmental impacts within their business practices, accountability, and transparency.
As Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management, Steve Cohen has concerns about the thin research base supporting this new field.
Steven Cohen, Executive Director of the Earth Institute, is encouraged that President Obama considers the transition to a renewable energy economy a major theme of his second term.
The addiction to energy and the seductiveness of energy-based technology is contagious. But fossil fuels are finite, causing climate change when burned and ecological damage when extracted from the ground. These two fundamental facts will motivate human ingenuity to develop better alternatives, writes Steven Cohen, Executive Director of the Earth Institute.
Sustainability decision-making requires the input of a wide variety of experts, including ecologists, environmental scientists, lawyers, health experts, economists, political scientists, engineers and a number of other disciplines.
Steve Cohen, Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, observes that the “Sustainability Generation” understands the world’s potential and limits in a way that older generations cannot.