Fall

How to Plant a Million Trees: A Case Study on the MillionTreesNYC Initiative

Client: The Nature Conservancy

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Innovations in Urban Sustainability

Client: Bloomberg Associates

 

Sure We Can: Turn Waste Into Value

Client: Sure We Can: Recycling Center, Community Space and Sustainability Hub

 

Denny Farrell Riverbank Park: Creating an Energy Park for the Community

Client: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

 

Scaling Up Sustainability of Small-Scale Fisheries to a Global Level: Assessing and Applying New Technologies, and Identifying Integrated Approaches that Succeed Locally

Client: Wildlife Conservation Society’s Marine Conservation Program

 

Summer

Moving the Forest Carbon Efficiency Curve: A strategic look at the options for expanding access to the California GHG Cap and Trade Program

Client: Vermont Land Trust and Lyme Timber

 

Spring

Ascertaining the Sustainability Benefits of Small Hold Farming in Developing World Contexts
Client: A Growing Culture

 

Bringing Electric Vehicles to Fruition in Westchester County, New York
Client: Sustainable Westchester

 

Greening the Built Environment: Sustainable Design at the Teatown Lake Reservation
Client: Teatown Lake Reservation

 

Sustainable Bus Rapid Transit
Client: Metropolitan Transportation Authority – New York City Transit

 

Assessing Multiple Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Commitment Regimes for Subnational Signatories of the Under2 Coalition
Client: The Climate Group as Secretariat of the Under2 Coalition, with input from CA Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research

   2017   

Fall

Identifying Geographic Hotspots – Implementation of the NYC °CoolRoofs Program
Client: NYC Department of Small Business Services

 

Sustainable Return on Investment for a Mass Transportation Sustainability Program
Client: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

 

Implementing Energy Efficiency in Bogotá
Client: Bloomberg Associates

 

Understanding the Species Mitigation Market in the United States
Client: The Nature Conservancy

 

Summer

 

Preventing Fluid Milk Waste
Client: World Wildlife Fund

 

Spring

 

The Sustainability Benefits of Rainwater Catchment in Mexico City
Client: Isla Urbana

 

Biomass Energy Hub, Berlin Township, NY
Client: Berlin Township

Clean Fleets NY – Initiative to Accelerate the Adoption Rate of ZEVs
Client: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

   2016   

Fall

Designing a Sustainability Certification System for Urban and Vertical Farms
Client: The Association for Vertical Farming

 

Preventing the Over-consumption of Long Island’s “Sole Source Aquifer”
Client: The Town of North Hempstead

 

Growing Opportunities for Urban Agriculture
Client: New Haven Farms

 

Urban Environmental Resources and Community Needs and Priorities in NYC
Client: The Nature Conservancy

 

Spring

 

Last Chance Gas!
Client: New York State Department of Transportation

 

Expanding Sustainability Beyond NRDC’s Operations
Client: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

 

Battle of the Buildings: Evaluating the Sustainability of Buildings in Yonkers, NY
Client: City of Yonkers

 

Integrated Redesign of Municipal Shop and Roadwork Facilities in Butte, Montana
Client: Butte-Silverbow County Department of Planning, Butte, Montana

 

An Environmental and Social Performance Benchmarking Process for Non-Governmental Organizations
Client: The World Resources Institute’s Sustainability Initiative and the Sustainability Managers Round Table

   2015  

   2012   

Fall

Impact Investing and Institutional Investors: How can pension funds enable a transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy?
Client: Climate, Environment & Development Program, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

 

A Near Zero Solid Waste Strategy for Mamaroneck, NY
Client: Mamaroneck Sustainability Collaborative and the Town of Mamaroneck

 

Sustainable Operations for the Liniers Cattle Market in Buenos Aires
Client: Unit of Special Projects Matanza-Riachuelo River Basin (UPE-CUMAR), and the Directorate-General for International Relations and Cooperation, Buenos Aires City Government

 

The Long-Term Sustainability of the Two Bridges Waterfront Community
Client: Two Bridges Neighborhood Council

 

The Costs and Benefits of Transitioning the Staten Island Ferry to Liquefied Natural Gas
Client: Ferry Division, New York City Department of Transportation

 

Summer

 

Evaluating the Living Building Challenge Building Standard in New York City
Client: International Living Future Institute

 

Spring

 

Living on the Edge: Understanding the Sustainability of Small-Scale Agriculture in Urban and Periurban Mexico City and Puebla
Client: Instituto de Recursos Renovables (IRRI), Sistema Biobolsa (SB) and Isla Urbana (IU), Mexico

 

Bringing Newark’s Water and Sewer Systems into the 21st Century
Client: Newark Water Group

 

Designing Self-Sustaining Business Model for Innovation Africa
Client: Innovation Africa

 

Creating Effective Environmental Management Systems
Client: Federal Transit Administration

 

Navigating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Data for Foundations
Client: Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation

   2014   

   2011   

Fall

Sustainability Strategies for Transit‐Oriented Development
Client: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Regional Plan Association

 

Corporate Strategies to Increase Market Share of Sustainably Managed Forest Products
Client: GreenBlue

 

Benchmarking Climate Change Adaptation Planning for the City of Philadelphia
Client: Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

 

Sustainability Metrics & Targets: Albany 2030
Client: City of Albany

 

Spring

 

PlaNYC 2.0 Solid Waste Management Initiatives
Client: New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability

 

Climate Change Resiliency and Sustainable Design at the Port Authority of NY & NJ
Client: The Port Authority of NY & NJ

Fall

From Promise to Fruition: An Analysis of How a Sustainability Initiative Develops Through the Networks of C40 Cities
Client: The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)

 

Climate Change Adaptation Planning
Client: Central Park Conservancy Institute

 

Leveraging the Co-benefits of Green Infrastructure in New York City
Client: New York City Department of Environmental Protection

 

Improving Sustainability Through Behavior Change
Client: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

 

Design of a Building Energy Retrofitting Program for Montenegro
Client: Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Montenegro

 

Summer

 

Developing a High-Impact Cleantech Innovation Program
Client: The Climate Group

 

Spring

 

Living on the Edge – Integrating Renewable Resource Strategies on the Urban Periphery in Oaxaca, Mexico
Clients: Instituto Internacional de Recursos Renovables (irri) Mexico, The Yansa Group, The Ashoka Foundation Mexico

 

Opportunities for Climate Resilience: The Beaches of Stamford, CT
Client: City of Stamford, Land Use Bureau

 

Sustainability Certification System For Tourism Companies In Chile
Client: Chilean Federation of Tourism Enterprises, FEDETUR

 

Energy Systems for New York City Multifamily and Commercial Buildings,
Client: New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)

 

Developing a Business Plan for New Jersey Audubon
Client: New Jersey Audubon

   2013   

Fall

Transforming NRDC Headquarters into a Net Zero Energy Facility
Client: Natural Resources Defense Council

 

Business Plan for the Healthy Urban Tree Initiative in New York City
Client: The Nature Conservancy

 

Stormwater Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation
Client: New York State Department of Transportation

 

Assessment of the Potential to Divert Commercial Organic Waste from Landfills
Client: City of New York, Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability

 

Resilient Sustainable Communities: Integrating Hazard Mitigation and Sustainability in Local Planning
Clients: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency

 

Summer

 

Sustainability Reporting and the Natural Resources Defense Council
Client: The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

 

Spring

 

Development of a New Communications Strategy for Freshkills Park
Client: New York City Parks Department

 

Identification of Pervious Pavement Opportunities in NYC
Client: New York City Department of Transportation

 

Mashomack Preserve: Sustainability Strategies for Renovating in a Sensitive Ecosystem
Client: The Nature Conservancy

 

New Award Metrics for Sustainability
Client: King Abdullah II Center for Excellent (KACFE)

 

Insurance, Climate Change and Flood Resilience in New York City
Client: City of New York, Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability

CONTACT US

 

Notice on Campus Visits

In light of the evolving Covid-19 situation and the University’s guidelines for on-campus activity, Columbia University SPS Admissions has suspended all in-person campus visits for the Fall 2020 semester. We invite prospective students to drop by our virtual walk-in hours with general admissions questions.

 

Weekly virtual walk-in hours 

Tuesdays (10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT)

Thursdays (12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT)

 

Admissions Counselors can connect you directly to students, alumni, faculty, and facilitate virtual class visits. You can also register for an information session. Our virtual events allow you to interact with our admissions staff and learn more about the Columbia SPS community.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at inquire@sps.columbia.edu or 212-854-9666. 

 

If you would like to receive more information about the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, please contact Samantha Ostrowski, Associate Director, at sostrowski@ei.columbia.edu.

Campus Visits, Graduate School Fairs & Company Presentations

We are eager to host you on the Columbia University campus or to meet you at one of our information sessions.

Our program offers a part-time option for working professionals. If your company would like to host an information session, please contact us. For more information about the graduate school fairs that we attend throughout the United States, please contact Chandler Precht, Program Manager at cprecht@ei.columbia.edu

 

Program Contacts

Samantha Ostrowski

Associate Director

sostrowski@ei.columbia.edu

Mariví Perdomo Caba

Senior Program Manager

mp3221@columbia.edu

 

Office of Admissions
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
212-854-9666
sustainability@sps.columbia.edu

IMPORTANT DATES

 

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Spring 2021: November 1, 2020

Fall 2021: May 15, 2021

HBCU FELLOWSHIP DEADLINES

Program Application Deadline: December 30th

For more information about the HBCU Fellowship, 

please visit this website or contact 

hbcu-fellowship@sps.columbia.edu.

If you would like to receive more information about the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, please submit your contact information below.

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