Sustainability Management News

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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Closed Loop Advisors Receives B Corp Certification

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.

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Building a Research Base for Sustainability Management

As Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management, Steve Cohen has concerns about the thin research base supporting this new field.

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Better Late than Never: Obama, Climate Change, and the Renewable Economy

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.

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The Centrality of the Politics of Energy

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.

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Rebuilding Beach Communities Requires a Balance Between Science and Policy

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.

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Sustainability and the Generational Divide

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.

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Rethinking Restoration Relief Post-Sandy

The disruption Superstorm Sandy caused to lives and communities has been unnecessarily and unacceptably long, says Steven Cohen, Executive Director of Columbia’s Earth Institute.

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Taking a Closer Look at Mayor Bloomberg's Approach to Energy Problem Solving

Steven Cohen, Earth Institute Executive Director, analyzes Mayor Michael Bloomberg's recent speech at Columbia on energy choices.

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