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MS IN SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT

This program is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in management that takes into account both the environment and the economy. Graduates transform how organizations do business by formulating and implementing sustainability strategies. The coursework combines the study of management with classes in state-of-the-art sustainability practice and science, with full-time and part-time options for those with current professional obligations.

Those with an undergraduate STEM degree may also be interested in the 

MS in Sustainability Science

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VIRTUAL EVENTS

To RSVP for skill-building seminars, science writing coaching and career counseling sessions, students should log into their account on the Earth Institute Job List (Your user name is your UNI_ei. Your UNI password will not work, you will need to create a unique password). Go  to “Events”; “Workshops” and register for the events that interest you. For more information please email us.

MS. in Sustainability Management Class of 2021

The Earth Institute and the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University are proud to celebrate the graduates of the Sustainability Management program.  Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Individual Sustainability Career Counseling Sessions

Facilitated by career coach Cathy Gibbons, these sessions are meant to provide you with feedback on resumes and cover letters, and other forms of personalized assistance in your job search. Sign up will close on the Thursday of the previous week.

Cathy Gibbons has over seventeen years of experience as a career advisor. She maintains a private practice while working at Columbia Center for Career Education. Cathy was also the Director of Alumni and Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) Career Services at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Cathy specializes in career advising for graduate students and alumni. Her career advising practice is informed by her many years of experience as a director of human resources and staff development for national and international non-profits where Cathy oversaw staff recruitment and all areas of talent management. In this capacity she helped staff to build competencies, manage their careers within organizations and to make career transitions. She has had the great fortune to have lived and worked in Africa, Asia and Europe.

30 minute slots from 5:15-8:45PM Monday-Thursday and 10:00-11:30 on Sundays

Science Writing Coaching with Claudia Dreifus

Would you like to produce blog posts that win large audiences and opinion pieces that newspapers and magazines will want to publish? The Earth Institute is offering free one-on-one science writing coaching with prize-winning science journalist Claudia Dreifus, contributor to the New York Times and the New York Review of Books and professor in the Masters of Sustainability Management program. Professor Dreifus will be available on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:30PM for 30-minute coaching sessions. She will also be available by special appointment on other days. You can request a special appointment via email. Sign up will close on the Thursday of the previous week.

 

Students should come prepared with a written draft on a science or sustainability topic to discuss. They will receive coaching assistance on how to write a persuasive opinion or blog piece on that topic. The purpose of these sessions will be to help students turn their academic work/personal scientific and sustainability interests into a form that can find another audience. Note that these sessions will not be appropriate for students seeking help in the following areas: i) writing an academic piece for a course; ii) copyediting/rewriting; iii) helping students with written English. The Columbia University Writing Center is available as an additional resource for those topics.

Nuts & Bolts of a Sustainability Career

First impressions will make or break your chances of being considered for positions. Your marketing materials (resume, LinkedIn profile, pitch and cover letters) are the first professional connections that you make with an employer or others in your chosen profession. You want to ensure that you create a professional image for yourself. This workshop will cover how to create marketing materials that meet professional standards and help you to develop a compelling professional story of yourself. It will also look at the components of a larger career planning strategy and the importance of a self-assessment as a foundation for formulating the criteria that you will use to select your next employer and job. You must bring a paper copy of your resume and, if available, a paper copy of your LinkedIn profile and pitch.

October 2, 2021. 10am-1pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Cathy Gibbons, Assistant Director of Career Development, School of Professional Studies

To RSVP, log into their account on the Earth Institute Job List (Your user name is your UNI_ei. Your UNI password will not work, you will need to create a unique password). Go  to “Events”; “Workshops” and register for the events that interest you. For more information please email us.

Environmental Justice, Climate Justice, and Advocacy

October 23, 2021. 10am-1pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructors: Multiple, WE ACT

To RSVP, log into their account on the Earth Institute Job List (Your user name is your UNI_ei. Your UNI password will not work, you will need to create a unique password). Go  to “Events”; “Workshops” and register for the events that interest you. For more information please email us.

Powerful Presence and Communication for Greater Impact

At the root of all successful business transformation is the power and integrity of the communication behind it. In this workshop, participants will learn to move beyond merely delivering information to become a compelling presence that effects change. At the intersection of brain science, classical acting techniques, vocal training, and physical self-awareness, students uncover and refine their innate charisma, grounded in their authentic center of strength. Students will learn the secrets for crafting a compelling narrative, tailored to their strengths and styles as communicators, to better convey their suite of knowledge. Presence and messaging need to resonate with key decision makers with clarity and persuasive energy—this training provides tools to dramatically enhance the speaker’s content and impact. Limited the 10 students

November 13. 10am-2pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Julie Galdieri, Speech and Performance Coach

To RSVP for skill-building seminars, science writing coaching and career counseling sessions, students should log into their account on the Earth Institute Job List (Your user name is your UNI_ei. Your UNI password will not work, you will need to create a unique password). Go  to “Events”; “Workshops” and register for the events that interest you. For more information please email us.

Fall 2021 Programming Camp

In preparation for the Sustainability Management program's quantitative courses, Professor Greg Yetman and the Sustainability Management program have developed a Programming Camp covering Python and R.  Below please find the details for Programming Camp for Fall 2021

Zoom links are available below and will also be provided a day before the event.

Session 1: Sunday, September 12, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 2: Sunday, September 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 3: Sunday, September 26, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 4: Sunday, October 3, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Course Outline

First Session: Python (Basic programming concept, defining programming, data types, assignment, programming mechanics, using collab notebooks for Python, your first program: "Hello, World”, flow Control, looping, slicing, if…Else statements, functions: reusable code, defining functions, using (calling) functions)

 

Second Session: Python (objects in programming, object properties, object methods, creating objects, data structures, dictionaries, datetime objects, input & output, file object, accessing web data, putting it all together: a data retrieval and parsing example, and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs))

 

Third Session: R (using R Studio and R, similarities to Python, differences in syntax from Python, flow control: review, looping, slicing, if…Else statements, the data table, reading in data files, summary statistics, and simple plots)

 

Fourth Session: R (Data Exploration, parametric statistics, linear relationships, coefficients, identifying outliers, data models, ordinary Least Squares (OLS), clustering, decision trees, and prediction examples

LEED Green Associate Exam Training

This seminar will introduce participants to green building design and help prepare them for the LEED Green Associate exam. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, a LEED Green Associate credential demonstrates a strong understanding of current green building principles and practices.

 

Specific learning objectives for the course include:

1. Develop an understanding of sustainability issues and green building strategies

2. Learn how LEED v4 is structured and functions

3. Understand the environmental intent for each LEED v4 credit

4. Discuss strategies to achieve specific goals within each LEED credit category

5. Learn regulations, terminology, and reference standards related to LEED v4

6. Learn tips and best practices for taking the LEED v4 Green Associate exam

Friday, December 3 (3:00-5:30PM)

Saturday, December 4 (10:00am-12:30pm)

Sunday December 5 (10:00am-12:30pm)

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Narada Golden, Vice President WSP

To RSVP for skill-building seminars, science writing coaching and career counseling sessions, students should log into their account on the Earth Institute Job List (Your user name is your UNI_ei. Your UNI password will not work, you will need to create a unique password). Go  to “Events”; “Workshops” and register for the events that interest you. For more information please email us.

PREVIOUS EVENTS

The Sustainability Space Series 

The Sustainability Space is a series of virtual, discussion-based events for students studying sustainability at The Earth Institute, Columbia University. Hosted by faculty and student group leaders, these discussions explore a variety of critical topics, ranging from energy to equity and more.

Asset Owners, Sustainability, and Inclusion

Fireside Chat on Sustainable Fashion and Beauty

Sustainable Mass Transit

The Energy Sector

Improving Equity

The Ethics of Sustainability in Global Fashion

Nurturing Green Shoots - Directing Capital Into Sustainable Finance

Integrity in Corporate Governance to Achieve Sustainability

Coastal Sustainability

Climate Fiction, Future Cities

An Approach to Sustainable Business with Soapply Founder