By: Deborah Sachare
The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development was pleased to host Lee Ballin, Sustainability Manager at Bloomberg on Friday, March 2nd at the third of its five spring brownbag events for undergraduates. As a premier financial information provider for banks, corporations, governments and others, Bloomberg leverages their distribution platform to provide environmental, social and governance data in an effort to improve transparency, liquidity and asset evaluations. The aims to connect influential decision makers to a dynamic network of people, information and ideas. Lee is responsible for managing sustainability efforts within Bloomberg’s supply chain and oversees its internal and external sustainability communications. The topic of sustainability in the private sector attracted both undergraduate and graduate students from various programs.
Lee, who works on Bloomberg’s global sustainability team talked to students about the organization’s The sustainability team is a Chairman’s Office effort that aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all of Bloomberg’s operations. The team evaluates sustainability market risks and opportunities with regard to new technologies and products. Bloomberg takes being green seriously: internally there is an initiative underway to procure Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper and to have LEED certification for its office buildings worldwide.
While Lee’s job is rooted in sustainability, his studies were business-oriented. Lee earned a BA in Business Logistics from Pennsylvania State University and completed his MBA at NYU with a specialization in Finance and Sustainability in the Spring of 2009. Lee believes that having a strong business background is necessary for work in a company like Bloomberg. How did Lee end up where he is today? “I was in the right place at the right time,” he said, “I am really lucky. I love my job.”
These brownbag events take place on select Fridays throughout the 2012 spring semester from 12:00PM-1:00PM in the Alumni Center located on 113th Street between Broadway and Riverside. These programs are targeted for undergraduate students interested in Sustainable Development and are hosted by the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development. All undergraduate and graduate students in the Columbia and Barnard communities are encouraged to attend.
This brownbag was third of five scheduled luncheons to be hosted by Columbia’s Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development which is an interdisciplinary program that addresses sustainable development through an understanding in the interaction between natural sciences and social systems, offered through the Earth Institute in partnership with Columbia College and the School of General Studies. Participating departments and schools of the Sustainable Development Major and Concentration include the Department of Earth and Environmental Biology; the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering; the School of International and Public Affairs and the Mailman School of Public Health.
To learn more about the Undergraduate Major and Special Concentration in Sustainable Development, or for more information about and to register for our upcoming “Brown Bag” events hosted by the Undergraduate Program, please visit our website or contact Program Coordinator, Jessica Crespo, at email@example.com.
Deborah Sachare is an intern for the Office of Academic and Research Programs at the Earth Institute. She is a student at Barnard College and will graduate in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Policy.