alumni Archives - State of the Planet

Alumna Profile: Lauren Faber O’Connor

Lauren Faber O’Connor was recently awarded the 2023 GSAS Dean’s Award for Distinguished Achievement, which recognizes recipients for their profound impact on academia and on the world at large.

by |July 19, 2023

Sustainable Development Program Hosts First Alumni Career Conversations Panel

A panel of alumni answered a series of questions on topics such as skills used in their careers, important classes to take, and advice for students entering the field. 

by Kayley Beard |April 11, 2023
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My Experience as a Fellow With the New York City Panel on Climate Change

A Climate and Society alum and former fellow with the Health Working Group reflects on what she learned and how it opened the door to future career opportunities.

by Emily Torem |April 10, 2023
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Faculty Spotlight: Rachel Patterson

A faculty advisor in the Environmental Science and Policy program, Patterson shares her professional journey, emphasizing the importance of following your passions rather than staying in a job that doesn’t align with your morals and interests.

by Saj McBurrows |April 6, 2023
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Climate and Society Alumni Work Together to Build Coastal Resilience

Working in the same think tank but in different roles, two alumni show how the Climate and Society program prepares students for a variety of career paths.

by |March 27, 2023

From Pre-med to ESG: It’s Never Too Late for a Career Change

William Hsu, who graduated from the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program in 2019, brings together different fields to advance an equitable and green future.

by Deanna Coleman |March 2, 2023
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Let Them Wear Dirt: Penmai Chongtoua Turns Soil Into Textiles

An artist and alumna of the Climate and Society program, Chongtoua is exploring a variety of ways to wear earth on our bodies. Her work seeks to shape how we view our relationship with the planet.

by |February 14, 2023
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Alumni Join Forces to Protect Wildlife at Major Conference in Panama

Three Environmental Science and Policy alumni worked to protect wild fauna and flora threatened by the international trade at a major wildlife conference in November.

by |December 23, 2022

How Electric Vehicle Chargers Can Help Make Cities More Equitable and Resilient

Ensuring equal access to smart charging stations can help tackle transit deserts, local air pollution, and climate resilience in underserved neighborhoods

by Luke Mairo |October 21, 2022

Alumni Spotlight: Jeffrey Fralick, Climate Risk Analyst

After graduating from Columbia’s Sustainability Science program, Jeff took a bit of a detour but eventually ended up at his dream job.

by |July 13, 2022