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Riding for Change: MSSM Student Rides 300 Miles to Raise Awareness about Sustainability Issues

May is Bike Month in New York City, and, as many groups will be holding events to celebrate, MS in Sustainability Management student Scott Miller will be celebrating in his own way: by riding 300 miles to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness for climate change issues and to raise funds supporting the Earth Institute’s sustainability initiatives. Through a five-day event run through the non-profit organization Climate Ride, Miller will travel with more than 150 like-minded people united by a passion for sustainability, renewable energy and bicycles.

Scott Miller and Brice LaLonde, Executive Director of the UN Council on Sustainable Development
Scott Miller with Brice Lalonde, Executive Director of the UN Council on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) at a recent NY +20 event.

Miller is passionate about many things relating to the environment: recycling, climate change adaptation, and sustainability metrics, to name a few. That’s why he’s decided to meld two of his greatest interests, cycling and raising public awareness for environmental issues. “Climate Ride is a wonderful platform for cycling advocacy and increasing public awareness relating to sustainable development issues” Miller said. “It is a perfect combination of one of my favorite hobbies with my career aspirations in sustainability management.”

On May 19, Miller will set off with other cyclists who will be raising money for several non-profit organizations leading the nation in climate change awareness, green energy development, sustainability and bicycle advocacy. In Washington, Miller will meet with three members of Congress to talk about sustainability issues.

To participate in this event, Miller will have to raise at least $2,400 to qualify. If you’d like to support this project and make a tax-deductible donation in support of Scott Miller’s Climate Ride fundraising to benefit the Earth Institute, visit:

If you’d like to follow Miller on his journey to Washington, D.C., you can follow him on Twitter at:!/Scott_R_Miller

About Climate Ride:

Climate Ride is a non-profit organization that organizes fully supported, charitable bike rides to support sustainable energy solutions, bike advocacy and environmental causes. By participating, Climate Riders help to provide financial support, raise awareness, engage other riders and help to build a national network of supporters.  For information, visit:


About the MS in Sustainability Management:

The MS in Sustainability Management, co-sponsored by the Earth Institute and Columbia’s School of Continuing Education, trains students to tackle complex and pressing environmental and managerial challenges. The program requires the successful completion of 36 credit points spanning the areas of integrative sustainability management, economics and quantitative analysis, the physical dimensions of sustainability, the public policy environment of sustainability management, and general and financial management. For information, visit:

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