Curriculum | Management
CURRICULUM
The Sustainability Management curriculum prepares students for careers in the dynamic and rapidly changing field of sustainability. The curriculum emphasizes the practical skills and core knowledge that practitioners need to face both the known challenges of the present, as well as the unforeseen challenges of the future. The M.S. in Sustainability Management requires the successful completion of 36 credits divided among five comprehensive content areas.
In addition to the courses designed specifically for the program, sustainability management students can take classes across Columbia’s graduate schools, including the School of International and Public Affairs, the Mailman School of Public Health, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia Business School, Columbia Law School, the Graduate School of Arts and Science, and the Fu Foundation Graduate School of Engineering.

Access, Innovation and the Urban Transportation Transition
An urgent need exists to radically transform the transportation sector in the era of both climate change and urbanization. This class draws on a series of lectures, a case study approach and experiential learning in New York City, which provides a living laboratory for the issues and themes discussed in class around the transportation transition.

  COURSE SPOTLIGHT  

AREA 1: INTEGRATIVE

SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT 

These three courses give students an understanding of the elements of sustainability by teaching them about the complex interactions between natural and social systems which sustainability practitioners must always consider. Students will also learn about the different ways in which “sustainability” is understood.

SUMA PS4100 Sustainability Management

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SUMA PS5030 Hungry City Workshop

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SUMA PS5170 Sustainable Operations

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SUMA PS5025 Corporate Sustainability Reporting and Strategy

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SUMA PS5180 Writing Global Science International Media

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SUMA K4310 Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership

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SUMA PS4330 Disaster Risk Management and Sustainable Urban Resilience

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SUMA PS5370 Implementation of Corporate Sustainability Strategies

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SUMA PS5380 Financing Natural Infrastructure

Syllabus

SUMA K4734 Earth Institute Practicum

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SUMA PS5700 Ethics for Sustainability Management and Finance

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SUMA PS5240 Sustainable Agriculture

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SUMA K4490 Women in Cities: Integrating Needs, Rights, Access and Opportunity into Sustainable Urban Design, Planning and Management

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SUMA PS5690 Environmental Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities

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SUMA PS5450 Access, Innovation in the Transportation Transition

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Integrative Capstone Workshop [SUMA PS5200]

The Integrative Capstone Workshop serves as the culminating educational experience for students in the M.S. in Sustainability Management Program, designed to integrate the distinct fields of the program’s sustainability management curriculum. Students must draw on both the practical skills and the analytical knowledge they have gained in order to address crucial sustainability management issues as consultants for a real-world client.

The final reports and briefings from previous editions of the Integrative Capstone Workshop can be found below:

Summer

Enhancing Climate Resilience in Long Island State Parks, Orient Beach State Park Case Study

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

 

Spring

Building Rural Resilience with Ashoka Mexico

Client: Ashoka Mexico

 

Conserving Manta Rays & Sustaining Local Communities

Client: Planeta Océano

 

Climate Action Planning: A Framework for Westport, CT

Client: Westport Green Task Force

 

Trash Talks: Defining the Next Generation of Sustainable Sanitation Services for Union Square Partnership and the Public Realm

Client: Union Square Partnership

 

Bringing Electric Vehicles, EV Ride Sharing & Community Solar to Target senior citizen and low-income Populations in Westchester County, New York

Sustainable Westchester

   2018   

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

 

Loading and Unloading in Tel Aviv-Yafo: Municipal Goods and Freight Logistics
Client: Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality

 

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   

 
 

AREA 1: INTEGRATIVE

SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT 

These three courses give students an understanding of the elements of sustainability by teaching them about the complex interactions between natural and social systems which sustainability practitioners must always consider. Students will also learn about the different ways in which “sustainability” is understood.

SUMA PS4100 Sustainability Management

Syllabus

SUMA PS5030 Hungry City Workshop

Syllabus

SUMA PS5170 Sustainable Operations

Syllabus

SUMA PS5025 Corporate Sustainability Reporting and Strategy

Syllabus

SUMA PS5180 Writing Global Science International Media

Syllabus

SUMA PS4310 Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership

Syllabus

SUMA PS4330 Disaster Risk Management and Sustainable Urban Resilience

Syllabus

SUMA PS5370 Implementation of Corporate Sustainability Strategies

Syllabus

SUMA PS5380 Financing Natural Infrastructure

Syllabus

SUMA PS4734 Earth Institute Practicum

Syllabus

SUMA PS5700 Ethics for Sustainability Management and Finance

Syllabus

SUMA PS5240 Sustainable Agriculture

Syllabus

SUMA PS4490 Women in Cities: Integrating Needs, Rights, Access and Opportunity into Sustainable Urban Design, Planning and Management

Syllabus

SUMA PS5690 Environmental Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities

Syllabus

SUMA PS5450 Access, Innovation in the Transportation Transition

Syllabus

Integrative Capstone Workshop [SUMA PS5200]

The Integrative Capstone Workshop serves as the culminating educational experience for students in the M.S. in Sustainability Management Program, designed to integrate the distinct fields of the program’s sustainability management curriculum. Students must draw on both the practical skills and the analytical knowledge they have gained in order to address crucial sustainability management issues as consultants for a real-world client.

The final reports and briefings from previous editions of the Integrative Capstone Workshop can be found below:

Spring

Making the Grade on Reducing Lead in New York’s Public School Drinking Water

Client: New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF)

Making Craigville Net Zero by 2050

Client: Christian Camp Meeting Association (CCMA) of Centerville, MA 

 

Embedded Carbon for Decision Making at the Port of Seattle

Client: The Port of Seattle

 

Advancing Marine Conservation in New York Waters through Ecological Valuation

Client: Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Seascape Program

 

Inclusive Development of Household Waste Value Chains in Conakry, Guinea

Client: United Nations Development Programme, Guinea

   2019  

Fall

Detroit’s Incinerator: Present and Future

Client: Bloomberg Associates Sustainability Practice  

Driving Zero Waste Forward in NYC Public Schools

Client: The NYC Department of Education’s Office of Sustainability 

 

Enhancing Operations Management for NYC Vertical Farm

Client: Teens for Food Justice (Technical advisor: Agritecture Consulting)

 

Exploring Business Models for Water Efficient Agriculture in India

Client: The Nature Conservancy, NatureVest

 

Waste Reduction Strategies for the Bronx River

Client: Bronx River Alliance

 

Summer

Enhancing Climate Resilience in Long Island State Parks, Orient Beach State Park Case Study

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

 

Spring

Building Rural Resilience with Ashoka Mexico

Client: Ashoka Mexico

 

Conserving Manta Rays & Sustaining Local Communities

Client: Planeta Océano

 

Climate Action Planning: A Framework for Westport, CT

Client: Westport Green Task Force

 

Trash Talks: Defining the Next Generation of Sustainable Sanitation Services for Union Square Partnership and the Public Realm

Client: Union Square Partnership

 

Bringing Electric Vehicles, EV Ride Sharing & Community Solar to Target senior citizen and low-income Populations in Westchester County, New York

Sustainable Westchester

   2018   

Fall

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

Client: The Nature Conservancy

​​

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

 

Loading and Unloading in Tel Aviv-Yafo: Municipal Goods and Freight Logistics
Client: Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality

 

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  

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   

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   

   2012   

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

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

   2011  

AREA 2: ECONOMICS AND

QUANTITATIVE COURSES 

  • 2 Courses in General and Sustainability Economics (6 credits)  

  • 1 Course in Quantitative Analysis (3 credits)        

The economics requirement reflects the fact that sustainability managers must understand the financial costs and benefits of sustainability practice. After completing this requirement, students will have a good understanding of what sustainability means from an economic perspective, both in the traditional and broader socioeconomic sense. The quantitative analysis requirement gives students the necessary tools to utilize data samples when analyzing a larger issue, allowing them to more efficiently determine the best way to proceed on a particular project.

Some courses can be used to fulfill either the Economics requirement or the Quantitative Analysis requirement. Students should consult the course registration materials or their faculty advisor for more details.

Economics

SUMA PS5020 Cost Benefit Analysis

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SUMA PS5150 Energy and Sustainable Development

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SUMA PS4190 Economics of Sustainability Management

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SUMA PS5195 Accounting, Finance, and Modeling of Sustainable Investments

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SUMA PS5320 Sustainable Investing and Economic Growth

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Quantitative Analysis

SUMA PS5021 Theory and Practice of Life Cycle Assessment

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SUMA PS5033 Decision Models and Management

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SUMA PS5035 GHG Emissions: Measuring and Minimizing the Carbon Footprint

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SUMA PS5169 Sustainability Metrics

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SUMA PS5193 Statistics for Sustainability Management

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SUMA PS5205 Geographic Informations Systems (GIS) for Sustainability Management

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SUMA PS5255 Data Analysis & Visualization in Sustainability

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SUMA PS5445 Impact Finance for Sustainability Practitioners

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SUMA PS5650 Solar Project Development

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AREA 3: PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS OF SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT COURSES    

  • 3 Courses in Physical Dimensions of Sustainability (9 credits)       

 

The physical dimensions requirement teaches students about the connections between environmental inputs (i.e. natural resources) and outputs (i.e. energy), and their effects on the natural environment. The emphasis in this requirement will be on understanding the environmental impacts from organizational activities. The planning, design or architecture courses give students a foundation in planning, design and spatial issues. This is particularly important, as many sustainability initiatives concern land use, buildings and other physical entities.

SUMA PS4734 Earth Institute Practicum

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SUMA PS5021 Theory and Practice of Life Cycle Assessment

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SUMA PS5030 Hungry City Workshop

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SUMA PS5035 GHG Emissions: Measuring and Minimizing the Carbon Footprint

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SUMA PS5119 Building Energy Workshop

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SUMA PS4130 Sustainable Cities

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SUMA PS5135 Analysis for Energy Efficiency

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SUMA PS5140 Sustainability Science

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SUMA PS5145 Science of Sustainable Water

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SUMA PS5146 Water Systems Analysis

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SUMA PS5147 Water Resources and Climate

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SUMA PS5162 Responsibility and Resilience in the Built Environment

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SUMA PS5230 Earth's Climate Systems

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SUMA PS5235 The Science of Urban Ecology

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SUMA PS5360 Sustainability Technology and the Evolution of Smart Cities

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SUMA PS5530 The Urbanization Paradox

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SUMA PS5770 The Business and Ecology of Sustainable Forestry

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AREA 4: PUBLIC POLICY COURSES

  • 1 Course in the Environmental or Sustainability Policy or Law (3 credits)             

 

Policy shapes how urban environments are managed, and sustainability practitioners must be able to analyze public policy and its effects on what they are able to do. This requirement provides students with an understanding of current policy and strengthens their ability to react to future policy developments as they emerge.

SUMA PS5301 International Environmental Law

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SUMA PS5720 Policy and Legal Context for Sustainability Management

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SUMA PS5701 Water Governance

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SUMA PS4490 Women in Cities: Integrating Needs, Rights, Access and Opportunity into Sustainable Urban Design, Planning and Management

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SUMA PS5530 The Urbanization Paradox

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SUMA PS5690 Environmental Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities

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SUMA PS5450 Access, Innovation in the Transportation Transition

Syllabus

 

AREA 5: GENERAL AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

  • 2 Courses in Public, Private or Nonprofit General or Financial Management (6 credits)       

 

The general management requirement teaches the skills that are essential to shaping the behavior of an organization and thus to carrying out effective sustainability initiatives. Students will graduate equipped with the tools to shape organizational culture and employee behavior even as new environmental challenges arise. The financial management requirement gives students a foundation in finance and financial models, and an understanding of how environmental commodities markets regulate polluting industries and provide incentives for encouraging desired behaviors. Students will also investigate the credibility of “non-financial metrics” that often accompany sustainability efforts.

SUMA PS5025 Corporate Sustainability Reporting and Strategy

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SUMA PS5142 Sustainable Finance

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SUMA PS5155 Energy: Markets and Innovation

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SUMA PS5170 Sustainable Operations

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SUMA PS5175 Global Environmental Markets

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SUMA PS5195 Accounting, Finance, and Modeling of Sustainable Investments

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SUMA PS5197 Financing the Clean Energy Economy

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SUMA PS5240 Sustainable Agriculture

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SUMA PS5360 Sustainability Technology and the Evolution of Smart Cities

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SUMA PS5370 Implementation of Corporate Sustainability Strategies

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SUMA PS5380 Financing Natural Infrastructure

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SUMA PS5375 State of the Sustainability Data

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SUMA PS5445 Impact Finance for Sustainability Practitioners

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SUMA PS5470 Circular Economy for Sustainability Professionals

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SUMA PS5650 Solar Project Development

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SUMA PS5525 Consumerism and Sustainability

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SUMA PS5690 Environmental Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities

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SUMA PS5700 Ethics for Sustainability Management and Finance

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ACCELERATED PROGRAM 

Sustainable Development (B.A.) and

Sustainability Management (M.S.)

Undergraduates in the Sustainable Development program of Columbia University are uniquely prepared for this graduate program, having undertaken interdisciplinary studies focused on the natural and social sciences, and the theory and practice of sustainable development. Students develop expertise in critical areas, such as food, water, health and climate change, and are they trained in important skill areas such as economic analysis and GIS modeling.

Building upon the strong foundation of their undergraduate coursework, students who are accepted into the Sustainability Management program will learn to draw from interdisciplinary perspectives in general and financial management, quantitative analysis, public policy, and the physical dimensions of sustainability. Students will receive practical professional training to help them to understand the systematic and organizational role of sustainability in any organization.

Curriculum

Admitted undergraduate students may take up to two Sustainability Management courses that count toward the master’s degree during their senior year. These courses will be accepted for advanced standing in the Sustainability Management but may not be counted toward students’ undergraduate degree requirements. These courses are:

  1. SUMA PS4100 Sustainability Management

  2. One Approved Physical Dimensions of Sustainability Course.

Click here for a sample schedule.

 

CONTACT US

If you would like to receive more information about the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, please contact Kristie Stack, Associate Director, at kd2528@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 the graduate school fairs that we attend throughout the United States. For more information, please contact Mariví Perdomo Caba, Senior Program Manager, at mp3221@columbia.edu.

Program Contacts

Kristie Stack

Associate Director

kd2528@columbia.edu

Mariví Perdomo Caba

Senior Program Manager

mp3221@columbia.edu

 

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APPLICATION DEADLINES

Spring 2020: November 1, 2019

Fall 2020: May 15, 2020

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Monday, February 3, 2020

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