State of the Planet

News from the Columbia Climate School

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  • Elliott Sclar Named One of 2018’s ‘Responsible 100’

    Elliott Sclar Named One of 2018’s ‘Responsible 100’

    The award from City and State NY recognizes socially responsible executives, thought leaders, visionaries and influencers.

  • Investigating How the Built Environment Impacts Health and Equality

    Investigating How the Built Environment Impacts Health and Equality

    Having grown up poor, urbanist and Earth Institute faculty member Malo Hutson brings a unique perspective to his work with displaced and impoverished people.

  • California’s Misguided Attempt to Force Urban Density

    California’s Misguided Attempt to Force Urban Density

    Government should encourage urban living by making it more affordable and attractive, and provide incentives for density; it should not try to mandate it.

  • Resiliency Strategies to Sustain Businesses and Livelihoods

    Resiliency Strategies to Sustain Businesses and Livelihoods

    Sustainability Management alum Krista Eichenbaum (’16) moved from Toronto to attend the MSSM program to better address resiliency challenges in cities. She is currently Project Analyst and Manager at a women-owned engineering consulting firm, specializing in civil engineering, urban planning, and sustainability.

  • Climate Change Isn’t Just a 21st Century Problem

    Climate Change Isn’t Just a 21st Century Problem

    Humans have been burning fossil fuels for only about 150 years, yet that has started a cascade of profound changes that at their current pace will still be felt 10,000 years from now, a new study shows.

  • After Sandy: Climate and Our Coastal Future

    After Sandy: Climate and Our Coastal Future

    Shortly after Hurricane Sandy, Columbia University convened a forum featuring faculty researchers from The Earth Institute, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, NASA-Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the Mailman School of Public Health, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of International and Public Affairs. This university-wide conversation, co-sponsored by The Earth Institute,…

  • Students Tour Via Verde, New York’s Most Sustainable Urban Housing in the Bronx

    By Noah Morgenstein This May, students in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management and the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development toured Via Verde, one of New York’s greenest housing complexes. From the photovoltaic solar panels to the rooftop gardens and water reclamation system, Via Verde embodies many of the practical approaches to sustainable development that…

  • A New Primer on Sea Level

    A New Primer on Sea Level

    The threat of sea-level rise–actually, its ongoing reality–has been on many more minds since New York and surrounding areas were walloped during Hurricane Sandy by a record-high storm surge, abetted by a water level that has risen steadily over the last century. That level will keep rising if climate keeps warming, and so, probably, will…

  • Architecture and Urban Design Students Present Innovative Upgrading Plans for a Millennium City

    Architecture and Urban Design Students Present Innovative Upgrading Plans for a Millennium City

    Graduate students in architecture and urban design recently presented their findings and design work issuing out of a collaboration between the Urban Design Lab (UDL) and MCI in the Millennium City of Kumasi, Ghana. At the city’s invitation, and with MCI’s facilitation, the UDL came to Kumasi in early February, to devise solutions to revitalize…

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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

  • Elliott Sclar Named One of 2018’s ‘Responsible 100’

    Elliott Sclar Named One of 2018’s ‘Responsible 100’

    The award from City and State NY recognizes socially responsible executives, thought leaders, visionaries and influencers.

  • Investigating How the Built Environment Impacts Health and Equality

    Investigating How the Built Environment Impacts Health and Equality

    Having grown up poor, urbanist and Earth Institute faculty member Malo Hutson brings a unique perspective to his work with displaced and impoverished people.

  • California’s Misguided Attempt to Force Urban Density

    California’s Misguided Attempt to Force Urban Density

    Government should encourage urban living by making it more affordable and attractive, and provide incentives for density; it should not try to mandate it.

  • Resiliency Strategies to Sustain Businesses and Livelihoods

    Resiliency Strategies to Sustain Businesses and Livelihoods

    Sustainability Management alum Krista Eichenbaum (’16) moved from Toronto to attend the MSSM program to better address resiliency challenges in cities. She is currently Project Analyst and Manager at a women-owned engineering consulting firm, specializing in civil engineering, urban planning, and sustainability.

  • Climate Change Isn’t Just a 21st Century Problem

    Climate Change Isn’t Just a 21st Century Problem

    Humans have been burning fossil fuels for only about 150 years, yet that has started a cascade of profound changes that at their current pace will still be felt 10,000 years from now, a new study shows.

  • After Sandy: Climate and Our Coastal Future

    After Sandy: Climate and Our Coastal Future

    Shortly after Hurricane Sandy, Columbia University convened a forum featuring faculty researchers from The Earth Institute, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, NASA-Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the Mailman School of Public Health, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of International and Public Affairs. This university-wide conversation, co-sponsored by The Earth Institute,…

  • Students Tour Via Verde, New York’s Most Sustainable Urban Housing in the Bronx

    By Noah Morgenstein This May, students in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management and the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development toured Via Verde, one of New York’s greenest housing complexes. From the photovoltaic solar panels to the rooftop gardens and water reclamation system, Via Verde embodies many of the practical approaches to sustainable development that…

  • A New Primer on Sea Level

    A New Primer on Sea Level

    The threat of sea-level rise–actually, its ongoing reality–has been on many more minds since New York and surrounding areas were walloped during Hurricane Sandy by a record-high storm surge, abetted by a water level that has risen steadily over the last century. That level will keep rising if climate keeps warming, and so, probably, will…

  • Architecture and Urban Design Students Present Innovative Upgrading Plans for a Millennium City

    Architecture and Urban Design Students Present Innovative Upgrading Plans for a Millennium City

    Graduate students in architecture and urban design recently presented their findings and design work issuing out of a collaboration between the Urban Design Lab (UDL) and MCI in the Millennium City of Kumasi, Ghana. At the city’s invitation, and with MCI’s facilitation, the UDL came to Kumasi in early February, to devise solutions to revitalize…