Sustainability Management News

We Need a Federal Disaster Superfund

Earth Institute Executive Director Steven Cohen champions a federal disaster superfund in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in his most recent article on The Huffington Post. With the extreme damage caused by the storm and the time it is taking New York and New Jersey residents to recover from it, having a plan in place to keep families in their homes and help them return to normal life quickly is paramount.

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The Growing Momentum Behind Sustainability Management

Earth Institute Executive Director Steven Cohen writes about the growing need for sustainability management skills around the world. As human society advances, and consequently uses resources at a rate that grows exponentially each year, having skilled professionals who can manage those resources and help governments and businesses preserve the limited supply will become more and more necessary.

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Keep Up to Date with The State of the Planet

The Earth Institute's State of the Planet blog has an updated selection of posts and news. Included in this blog round-up are profiles of a faculty and alumna, a post on the sustainability of the Brooklyn Navy Yards, and coverage of the effectiveness of online discussions when teaching sustainability.

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All Sustainability Politics Is Local

Sustainability Management program director Steven Cohen's article for The Huffington Post discusses the role local government is playing in addressing global issues such as climate change.

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Climate Change and the American Political Agenda

Steven Cohen argues that the intense storms and heat this summer remind us that climate change is a phrase that seems to have been banned on the campaign trail.

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The Tools of Tree-Ring Research

Kevin Anchukaitis, an assistant research professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, is conducting a tree-ring study to analyze drought patterns in Guatemala.

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The Growing Field of Sustainability Studies

Sustainability students are looking for new approaches to economic life that will permit the material comfort they have grown up with, while keeping the planet intact.

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Symbolic Politics and the Keystone Pipeline

Steve Cohen, Executive Director of the Earth Institute and Director of the SPS Master of Science in Sustainability Management, asks, "1. How long will it take to complete the transition to a fossil fuel free economy? 2. What are the environmental impacts of the proposed pipeline route? 3. What are the costs and benefits to the American economy?"

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Sustainability, Politics, and Consumerism

How can we make our necessary material consumption sustainable? Steve Cohen, Director of our Sustainability Management Program, writes about the urgent need for a massive paradigm shift regarding sustainability and consumption.

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Understanding the Failure of the UN Climate Talks

Are the latest UN resolutions working to reverse climate change enough to save the planet? Steven Cohen, Executive Director, Columbia University’s Earth Institute, writes about what’s needed to take global warming seriously.

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