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Faculty Spotlight: John Williams

He’s teaching “Geographies of Environmental Justice and Sustainability” in the Sustainability Management program this fall.

by Frederique Fyhr |November 22, 2022

Sylhet City, Geology, and Packing Up

We finished our electromagnetic survey and mini-field school in northern Sylhet, Bangladesh, with lectures and field trips to see the geology by car and boat.

by |May 27, 2022

Sustainability Start-ups: Creativity in the Transition to An Environmentally Sound Society

I am amazed by the work I’ve seen by my students and graduates as they translate their environmental principles into practical sustainability practice in a world desperate for innovation.

by |April 18, 2022

Struggling With Towed Equipment, Repairing GPS, and Home

We switched to a towed electromagnetic system to image the fresh and saline groundwater in Bangladesh, and ran into a variety of problems, including high winds, strong currents and running aground.

by |April 1, 2022

Sailing Around the Bangladesh Coastal Zone

I am back in Bangladesh to explore the distribution of fresh and saline groundwater in the coastal zone, needed for drinking in the dry season.

by |March 12, 2022

Back to Bangladesh at Last

I am finally back in Bangladesh after a pandemic hiatus. I need to repair precision GPSs that failed over the last few years. They are measuring tectonic movements for earthquake hazard and land subsidence, which exacerbates sea level rise.

by |January 2, 2022

Hurricane Ida’s Silver Lining: A Chance at Vital NYC Housing Reform

The storm revealed a new piece in the City’s growing climate puzzle: the need to address its network of illegitimate basement apartments.

by Johnluca Fenton |October 28, 2021

A Realistic Transition to Environmental Sustainability

We need to understand nature better to both live within its boundaries and maintain our current way of life.

by |September 27, 2021

Whole-Earth Systems Initiative Is Needed, Says Report to National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) should create an initiative to explore the interactions between human society and the systems of the natural world, says a new report.

by |September 23, 2021
aerial view of Columbia University campus

Columbia Pledges That All Future Campus Construction Will Be Fossil Free

As Climate Week NYC begins, the university explores creating a fully electrified campus. The Columbia Climate School is university partner of the weeklong showcase.

by |September 20, 2021