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




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




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




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


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




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




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




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




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




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



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




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




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



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. 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


Mariví Perdomo Caba

Senior Program Manager



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Fall 2021: May 15, 2021

Spring 2022: November 1, 2021

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