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The 37 Easiest Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint (Animated Graphic)

Making a difference on climate change doesn’t have to take lots of time or effort.

by |September 19, 2022
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The Energy Transition Needs to Be Climate-Proofed

Increasingly extreme weather has the potential to derail renewable energy projects — but there are a few things we can do to keep moving forward.

by Corey Lesk and Kai Kornhuber |September 7, 2022

How Is Climate Change Affecting Ocean Waters and Ecosystems?

Biological oceanographer Hugh Ducklow describes decades of work in far-flung places to understand the evolving ecology of the oceans. The picture is not always clear.

by |August 29, 2022
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Just Transitions: Can Wind and Solar Projects Turn Human Rights Lessons Into Leadership?

Wind and solar projects have a human rights problem. But they don’t have to.

by Sarah Dolton-Zborowski |August 25, 2022
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Faculty Spotlight: Shaun Hoyte

He’ll be teaching the Sustainability Management program’s capstone workshop this fall, where he’ll work with students to create meaningful solutions to a real-world sustainability challenge.

by Emily Tenaglia |August 22, 2022
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Faculty Spotlight: Fernando Ortiz

A sustainable designer and community organizer, Ortiz will teach Sustainability Management this fall.

by Emily Tenaglia |August 3, 2022

Environmentalism Isn’t Partisan — At Least It Shouldn’t Be

Conservatism and composting are not contradictory; the desire to take care of the planet is universal. Yet environmentalism is used too often as a weapon of identity politics.

by Blaine Fulmer |August 2, 2022
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Unraveling the Interconnections Between Air Pollutants and Climate Change

Getting rid of some air pollutants might aggravate global warming. Here’s how.

by |July 22, 2022
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Carbon Footprints: How to Advance Transparency and Prevent Greenwashing

We need a unified format for how carbon footprints are communicated, and policies to make them a normal part of doing business.

by Caleb Smith |July 12, 2022
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New York Denies Air Quality Permit to a Cryptocurrency Mining Facility, Citing Sabin Center White Paper

On June 30, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation denied an application to renew an air quality permit for the Greenidge Generating Station, citing work published by Columbia Climate School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

by Jacob Elkin |July 7, 2022