Tomorrowʼs Minds at Work
News, insights, tips, and commentary from members of the Columbia University School of Professional Studies.
We Need to Protect Our Public Institutions from Cyberattacks
The recent British Library ransomware event offers lessons about the importance of investing in cybersecurity controls, network security, intrusion detection systems, and education, writes Enterprise Risk Management lecturer Penny Cagan.
The Politicizing of Electric Vehicles
EVs will replace gas-powered vehicles when they are less expensive, more feature-packed, and more reliable than cars with internal combustion engines, writes Senior Vice Dean Dr. Steven Cohen.
“Every Day, Be the Best Version of You”
Dr. Patti Ippoliti, lecturer in the Enterprise Risk Management graduate program, shares how she brings practical work experience and insights into the SPS classroom.
Risk Management Lessons Learned from the Boeing 737 Max 9 Incident
Penny Cagan, ERM lecturer, writes about how safety concerns within Boeing dated back to 2001, but critical quality issues and cost-cutting measures led to Alaska Airlines' recent incident.
Lessons from Applications to Columbia’s Master’s Programs in Environmental Sustainability
I am constantly inspired and motivated by applicants to Columbia’s MPA in Environmental Science and Policy and MS in Sustainability Management programs, writes Senior Vice Dean Dr. Steven Cohen.
The Jobs vs. Environment False Tradeoff Rises Again
Political polarization has become a way of life here in America. But the world we live in is getting more complicated and to navigate the complexity we need to find our way back to a factual basis for public policy, writes Senior Vice Dean Dr. Steven Cohen.
Floods and the Urgency of Climate Adaptation Infrastructure
Typically, political processes depend on catastrophes and crises to motivate major programs and expenditures. Will it take a large-scale flooding disaster to generate the political support to fund a flood control system that meets our region’s needs?
The Importance of Corporate Climate Disclosure and Measuring the Financial Costs of Environmental Impacts
The ongoing effort to measure and report environmental impacts in the private and public sectors will embed environmental considerations in corporate and government decision-making like never before, writes Senior Vice Dean Dr. Steven Cohen.
The Regulation of Air Pollution That Crosses State Borders
Our world and our economy are becoming more technologically complex and interconnected, and our need for agile and responsive regulation is growing, writes Senior Vice Dean Dr. Steven Cohen.
From Single-Serve to Sustainable: Could a "Latte Levy" Be the Wake-Up Call We Need to Ditch Disposable Cups?
Disposable coffee cups are convenient. But at what cost to our planet?
The Uses and Limits of Global Climate Conferences
Global conferences have educational and media value, but the new technologies, business models, and policies that will ultimately address the climate crisis will be implemented on local and national levels, writes Senior Vice Dean Dr. Steven Cohen.
Supporting and Saving New York City’s Community Gardens
In nearly every neighborhood in NYC, you will see community gardens tended to by local gardeners, and these essential spaces are a critical element of the social and environmental fabric of the city, writes Senior Vice Dean Dr. Steven Cohen.