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  • Sustainability Measurement in China: Fostering a Race to the Top

    Sustainability Measurement in China: Fostering a Race to the Top

    The Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management recently released the China Sustainable Development Indicator System, a new sustainability indicator framework and annual ranking of the sustainability performance of Chinese cities.

  • Climate Advisory Panel Disbanded by Trump Is Revived—But Not By the Feds

    Climate Advisory Panel Disbanded by Trump Is Revived—But Not By the Feds

    Columbia University, New York State, and others will host the former Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment.

  • Professor Dong Guo: China, Peer Effect and Sustainability

    Professor Dong Guo: China, Peer Effect and Sustainability

    Sustainability isn’t just about the environment. Guo explains how social and economic factors, like employment and education, fit in.

  • Cities Are Key to a Sustainable Future

    Cities Are Key to a Sustainable Future

    Get a sneak peek at the major takeaways from The Sustainable City, the latest book by Earth Institute executive director Steve Cohen. Available now from Columbia University Press.

  • The Sharing Economy is Transforming Sustainability

    The Sharing Economy is Transforming Sustainability

    During a talk on Wednesday, panelists discussed the benefits and challenges of this emerging industry.

  • Forging Partnerships for Resilient, Low-Carbon Electricity Systems

    Forging Partnerships for Resilient, Low-Carbon Electricity Systems

    As cities begin to rebuild infrastructure ravaged by hurricanes, now is the time to adopt climate-resilient energy systems. Innovative collaborations between public and private stakeholders can help.

  • It’s Time for New York to Save its Mass Transit System

    It’s Time for New York to Save its Mass Transit System

    The economic heart of the city cannot beat without an effective subway system. It’s time for the mayor and governor to develop a fully funded, well thought through strategy for mass transit in New York City and its nearby suburbs.

  • In China, Making a Fashion Statement

    In China, Making a Fashion Statement

    “It costs 20,000 liters of water to produce one kilogram of cotton, which is just enough to produce a pair of jeans,” observed Guo—a stark measure of the importance of incorporating sustainability into fashion enterprises.

  • Environment, Jobs, and President-Elect Trump

    Environment, Jobs, and President-Elect Trump

    While many people around the world are concerned about President-elect Trump’s threat to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, I am far more concerned about the possible signal to American corporations and jurisdictions that enforcement of our air, water, and toxic rules would be relaxed under EPA’s new administrator.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • Sustainability Measurement in China: Fostering a Race to the Top

    Sustainability Measurement in China: Fostering a Race to the Top

    The Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management recently released the China Sustainable Development Indicator System, a new sustainability indicator framework and annual ranking of the sustainability performance of Chinese cities.

  • Climate Advisory Panel Disbanded by Trump Is Revived—But Not By the Feds

    Climate Advisory Panel Disbanded by Trump Is Revived—But Not By the Feds

    Columbia University, New York State, and others will host the former Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment.

  • Professor Dong Guo: China, Peer Effect and Sustainability

    Professor Dong Guo: China, Peer Effect and Sustainability

    Sustainability isn’t just about the environment. Guo explains how social and economic factors, like employment and education, fit in.

  • Cities Are Key to a Sustainable Future

    Cities Are Key to a Sustainable Future

    Get a sneak peek at the major takeaways from The Sustainable City, the latest book by Earth Institute executive director Steve Cohen. Available now from Columbia University Press.

  • The Sharing Economy is Transforming Sustainability

    The Sharing Economy is Transforming Sustainability

    During a talk on Wednesday, panelists discussed the benefits and challenges of this emerging industry.

  • Forging Partnerships for Resilient, Low-Carbon Electricity Systems

    Forging Partnerships for Resilient, Low-Carbon Electricity Systems

    As cities begin to rebuild infrastructure ravaged by hurricanes, now is the time to adopt climate-resilient energy systems. Innovative collaborations between public and private stakeholders can help.

  • It’s Time for New York to Save its Mass Transit System

    It’s Time for New York to Save its Mass Transit System

    The economic heart of the city cannot beat without an effective subway system. It’s time for the mayor and governor to develop a fully funded, well thought through strategy for mass transit in New York City and its nearby suburbs.

  • In China, Making a Fashion Statement

    In China, Making a Fashion Statement

    “It costs 20,000 liters of water to produce one kilogram of cotton, which is just enough to produce a pair of jeans,” observed Guo—a stark measure of the importance of incorporating sustainability into fashion enterprises.

  • Environment, Jobs, and President-Elect Trump

    Environment, Jobs, and President-Elect Trump

    While many people around the world are concerned about President-elect Trump’s threat to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, I am far more concerned about the possible signal to American corporations and jurisdictions that enforcement of our air, water, and toxic rules would be relaxed under EPA’s new administrator.