Courses are taught by an expert faculty, including renowned practitioners in fields ranging from environmental law to alternative energy financing and researchers who are leaders in the fields of earth science, engineering and environmental management. The program utilizes environmental and sustainable development research and practitioner experience to provide practical training in sustainability management to a new generation of professionals who will address critical interdisciplinary issues.

Program Directors

Steven Cohen

Satyajit Bose


Program Faculty

Thomas Abdallah

Laia Andreu-Hayles

Elif Ansari

Howard Apsan

Danielle Azoulay

Sonay Aykan

Ammar Belal

Susan Blaustein

Satyajit Bose

Travis Bradford

Allison Bridges

Kelly Burton

Holly Caggiano

Peter Clark

Elizabeth Cline

Fabien Cottlier

Preena Chateerjee

Kizzy Charles-Guzman

Pooja Chawda

Benjamin Cook

Robert Cook

Nicole Davi

Kelsie DeFrancia

Donna Givens Davidson

Susanne DesRoches

Jonathan Dickinson

Claudia Dreifus

Scott Fisher

Adam Freed

Noa Gafni

Dan Giuffrida

Adam Gordon

Rhiannon Gulick

Jennye Green

Dong Guo

Alexander Heil

Diana Hernandez

Jonathan Hollander

Shaun Hoyte

Sophia Huda

Jeff Irvine

Erika Josweit

Bruce Kahn

Amy Karpati

Laura Kavanaugh

Seth Kerschner

Suzanna Klatt

Phil LaRocco

Jenna Lawrence

Haylley Martinez

​Peter Marcotullio

Dan Mathis

Wade McGillis

Eileen McGinnis

Christoph Meinrenken

Ryan Meinke

Vance Merolla

Alison Miller

Bhakti Mirchandani

Kamyar Moud

Fernando Ortiz

Indrani Pal

Laura Popa

Jessica Prata

Chandler Precht

Curtis Probst

Katrina Prutzman

Michael Puma

Julie Reisse

Lucius Riccio

Leslie Rich

Nicholas Rohlender

Celine Ruben-Salama

Ralph Schmidt

Alix Schroder

Brad Schwartz

Carter Strickland

Jessica Thurston

Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri

Haralambos Vasiliadis

Jo Giessler Weiss

Lynnette Widder

John Williams

Gregory Yetman 

Thomas Sahagian


Prof. Adam Freed Teaches Data-Driven Sustainability

Watch our new faculty video featuring Adam Freed, co-instructor for Sustainability Metrics and Financing Natural Infrastructure. Freed works in the Sustainability Practice at Bloomberg Associates, a pro bono consultant service established by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help cities improve the quality of life for their citizens.

Program Director

Dr. Steven Cohen is the Senior Vice Dean of Columbia’s School of Professional Studies and a Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also Director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, and the Director of the Earth Institute’s Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management at Columbia University.


He is a 1970 graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn, New York. Cohen received his B.A. in Political Science from Franklin College of Indiana (1974), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the State University of New York in Buffalo (1977; 1979). In 1976-77, Cohen was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Environmental Policy; in 1978-79, he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Public and Environmental Policy and Implementation.


Dr. Cohen is the former Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and is a member of the Earth Institute’s university-wide Faculty.  He is a former policy analyst and consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Cohen has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Board of the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs, the Executive Committee and Committee on Accreditation and Peer Review of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Homes for the Homeless, Board of Directors of the Willdan Group, Inc., Advisory Board of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and the Steering Committee for the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University.  Dr. Cohen also serves on the Judging Committee for the Yidan Prize Foundation and is the Chair of the Lotos Club’s Science and Technology Committee. 


Dr. Cohen is the author of Management Fundamentals (2020), The Sustainable City (2017) Understanding Environmental Policy (2006, 2014), Sustainability Management (2011), The Effective Public Manager (1988, now co-authored in its fifth edition), and the co-author of The Sustainable City (2nd edition) 2021, Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to a Cleaner Economy (2015), The Responsible Contact Manager (2008), Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation (2005), Tools for Innovators: Creative Strategies for Managing Public Sector Organizations (1998), and Total Quality Management in Government (1993). He has written numerous articles on public management, sustainability management, and environmental policy. Dr. Cohen also writes a weekly blog for the Earth Institute’s State of the Planet website.

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Associate Director

Satyajit Bose is Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University, where he teaches sustainable investing, cost benefit analysis and mathematics and serves as Associate Director of the Research Program in Sustainability Management. His current research interests include the value of ESG information, carbon pricing, the link between portfolio investment and sustainable development in emerging markets, as well as the optimal use of a broad array of environmental performance metrics for long horizon investment choices. He is co-author (with Dong Guo and Anne Simpson) of The Financial Ecosystem: The Role of Finance in Achieving Sustainability.

Satyajit has experience in investment banking, asset management, financial restructuring and automated weather risk management. He was a mergers & acquisitions banker, directed quantitative trading strategies at a convertible arbitrage hedge fund managing $1.5 billion in assets and developed machine learning algorithms to optimize weather-based decision tools.

Satyajit Bose holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.

SUMA PS5200 Integrative Capstone Workshop

Thomas Abdallah, P.E. LEED AP, ENV SP is the Assistant Vice President and Chief Environmental Engineer for the MTA’s Construction and Development (MTA C&D) agency. Thomas holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University. He is responsible to provide expert environmental engineering services for all MTA capital projects, and ensures that all design and construction projects meet environmental requirements including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the NY State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). He is also a fierce champion of environmental sustainability issues and is responsible for MTA C&D’s certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS).

Thomas is the proud author of the book Sustainable Mass Transit: Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Public Transportation (2017 Elsevier) and has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, NPR, and recently appeared in an episode of History Channel’s Modern Marvels – Moving America.

SUMA PS4100 Sustainability Management

Since 2003, Howard Apsan has served as the University Director of environmental, health, safety, and risk management (EHSRM) for The City University of New York, the largest urban university system in the United States. The University Director of EHSRM is responsible for environmental health and safety (EH&S) management and compliance throughout the University; serves as the University’s chief risk officer, tasked with assessing liabilities and designing systems for minimizing CUNY’s operational and reputational risks; co-chairs the University’s business continuity committee; and is the chair of the University’s emergency preparedness task force. Before joining CUNY, he worked as an analyst, manager and consultant for most of his career. He has also been president of his own firm, Apsan Consulting, Inc., since 2001. He has served clients throughout the United States and has extensive international experience. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a member of the Editorial Board of Environmental Quality Management, and writes and lectures regularly.

Howard Apsan has been a member of the faculty at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs since 1986. His teaching and research focus has been on management and environmental policy. He received a B.A. and M.A. from Brooklyn College in 1979; an M.Phil. from Columbia in 1981; and a Ph.D. from Columbia in 1985.

SUMA PS4130 Sustainable Cities

Jitendra (Jit) Bajpai is an Adjunct Faculty at the School of Professional Studies and at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation of the Columbia University, New York. Prior to his current positions he had served the World Bank for almost twenty years (1990-2011) in various positions including as the Director and Advisor to the East Asia & Pacific region Vice-President. In addition, he led one of the largest IT modernization efforts undertaken by the Bank, Operations and Knowledge Systems Program, in support of the Bank’s internal reforms. Besides his World Bank career Jit had worked with several firms and institutions dealing with infrastructure and urban development issues, and as a faculty of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Mumbai) and Indian School of Business (ISB). He is a member of the Advisory Board on Future of Urban Development for the World Economic Forum, and had recently served the Brookings Institution (Washington, DC), the Rwanda and Uganda Governments under the sponsorship of International Growth Center (UK), and the CAF, the development Bank of Latin America. Jit is an engineer (civil) and urban specialist. He completed his doctorate degree from the University of Paris VIII and an executive management program from the Harvard Business School (US). He is also a former Fellow of the Metro Center, Johns Hopkins University, US (1978-79). As the Treasurer of his family foundation (DeFries-Bajpai Foundation) Jit promotes science for sustainable development.

SUMA PS4490 Women in Cities

Dr. Susan M. Blaustein is Founder/Executive Director of WomenStrong International, a global community of organizations working with women and girls to end extreme urban poverty by developing, testing, sharpening, and disseminating women-driven solutions that can transform urban lives.

Prior to establishing WomenStrong, Dr. Blaustein was Co-Founder/Director of the Millennium Cities Initiative, a 12-year project of The Earth Institute at Columbia University committed to helping selected sub-Saharan cities develop sustainable practices and achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Before her work at The Earth Institute, Dr. Blaustein served as senior consultant and analyst with the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank focused on conflict prevention, and with the Coalition for International Justice, a Washington-based non-profit supporting the efforts of international criminal tribunals to prosecute gross human rights abuses. She has reported on conflict, politics, and economics from the Balkans, Southeast Asia, and Washington, DC, for such publications as The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times. Dr. Blaustein served previously as Assistant Professor at Columbia University, where she now teaches in The Earth Institute’s Sustainability Management Program. She was a Harvard Junior Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and has been the recipient of multiple awards.

SUMA PS5020 Cost Benefit Analysis
SUMA PS5320 Sustainable Investing and Economic Growth
SUMA PS5160 Climate Finance and Sustainable Development


Satyajit Bose is Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University, where he teaches sustainable investing, cost benefit analysis and mathematics and serves as Associate Director of the Research Program in Sustainability Management. His current research interests include the value of ESG information, carbon pricing, the link between portfolio investment and sustainable development in emerging markets, as well as the optimal use of a broad array of environmental performance metrics for long horizon investment choices. He is co-author (with Dong Guo and Anne Simpson) of The Financial Ecosystem: The Role of Finance in Achieving Sustainability.


Satyajit has experience in investment banking, asset management, financial restructuring and automated weather risk management. He was a mergers & acquisitions banker, directed quantitative trading strategies at a convertible arbitrage hedge fund managing $1.5 billion in assets and developed machine learning algorithms to optimize weather-based decision tools.


Satyajit Bose holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.

SUMA PS6110 Sustainability and Urban Form: Redevelopment, Reuse, and Ecological Design

Dr. Allison Bridges is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Sustainability Management program in the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University and is currently a Fellow in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency. Allison recently completed an Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship where she researched strategic sustainability planning and decarbonization, resiliency, and spatial analytic approaches to equitable urban land use. While earning her doctorate in Urban Planning and Policy at Rutgers University, she researched institutional design for urban sustainability with support from a National Science Foundation interdisciplinary traineeship (IGERT). Prior to earning her Ph.D., Allison worked for the World Bank in renewable energy infrastructure and for the World Health Organization in disaster relief. She also holds degrees from New York University (MA), The New School (MA), and the University of Georgia (BA).

SUMA PS5230 Earth’s Climate System

Benjamin Cook is an Adjunct Research Scientist at the Earth Institute’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. In addition to his position at Lamont, Ben also serves as a Research Physical Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York where he researches drought, hydroclimate, and interactions between the land surface and climate system. Ben holds a BS degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and an MSc and Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia.


Dr. Cook’s work involves the analysis of large-scale climate datasets and model simulations to investigate regional climate and ecosystem dynamics. To address these questions, he draws from his diverse training in climatology, land surface processes, and ecology. Dr. Cook is particularly interested in using long-term observations and the paleo record to better understand variability and risks of extreme events (droughts), and applying mechanistic models to the same problems to investigate the underlying physical processes. The complementary union of empirical data and mechanistic models offers significant advantages, providing opportunities to evaluate and potentially improve models while also helping us better understand the processes driving past, modern, and future events. Such an approach is critically needed in order to place climate projections within the broader context of natural variability and to determine whether processes important in the past will continue to play a major role in a much warmer future.

SUMA PS5135 Analysis for Energy Efficiency

Rory Christian is the current Chair of WE ACT for Environmental Justice’s (WE ACT) Board of Directors, and was recently announced as Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission, which oversees and regulates electric and gas industries across the state. Christian has an extensive energy policy and engineering background. He was the Director of New York Clean Energy at Environmental Defense Fund and before that was the Director of Energy Finance and Sustainability for the New York City Housing Authority. Christian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from CUNY Grove School of Engineering and an MBA from the CUNY Zicklin School of Business.

For years, Christian has been working across the City and State on policy and programmatic strategies to achieve building emissions reductions through energy efficiency and electrification, with a keen eye on affordability and equity. He has been a consistent supporter of and contributor to WE ACT’s growing expertise in energy policy and programming. For example, Christian has been a member of the Out of Gas: In with Justice Pilot Project Working Group, which is currently implementing a project in New York City and Buffalo to study the health, economic, and environmental benefits of switching out gas stoves for induction stoves in low-income affordable housing units. Out of Gas is a unique project that will showcase how New York can center low-income households in a just transition away from fossil fuels.

SUMA PS5035 GHG Emissions: Measuring and Minimizing the Carbon Footprint

Jonathan Dickinson is a consultant with more than 19 years of environmental and sustainability experience in the government, not-for-profit, health care, and academic sectors. He is a Practice Leader in the Sustainability and Energy division at WSP, a global engineering and professional services firm, where he leads WSP’s Sustainable Cities practice, and is a Lecturer at Columbia University’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management program, where he designed and teaches a course on greenhouse gas emissions accounting and mitigation strategies.

Prior to joining WSP, Dickinson worked as a consultant providing third-party greenhouse gas emissions verification, sustainability strategy, and greenhouse gas emissions inventory development services to corporate and public sector clients. For 12 years, he served as a sustainability policy advisor in the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City, developing and implementing the city’s carbon mitigation and climate resilience initiatives as part of New York’s comprehensive sustainability plan, PlaNYC, and developing the methodology for and completing seven annual New York City greenhouse gas emissions inventories.

SUMA PS5197 Financing the Clean Energy Economy

Scott Fisher is Vice President, Market Development at Greenlots, a leading electric vehicle infrastructure software, and services provider. In this role, Scott focuses on building Greenlots’ business with governments, utilities, and automakers. Prior to joining Greenlots in 2017, Scott worked for 11 years at NRG Energy, including its electric vehicle infrastructure subsidiary, EVgo. Scott’s work at NRG including leading NRG’s R&D joint venture with the University of Delaware to develop vehicle-to-grid technology and initiating the company’s effort to develop community and shared solar. Scott also led NRG’s efforts to secure federal funding for its renewable development and clean coal projects. This included the successful financing of 3 utility-scale solar projects. Scott was also project director for NRG’s successful proposal to the Department of Energy (DOE) for a carbon capture and storage plant at NRG’s WA Parish coal plant in Texas. The project received a $200 million grant from DOE and began operations in Fall 2016 as the country’s first large-scale carbon capture project at an existing coal plant. Scott‘s previous experience includes corporate management consulting at Booz & Co (currently Strategy&), as well as 5 years at Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), New Jersey’s largest utility. He graduated from Yale School of Management holds a BA from Vassar College.

SUMA PS5650 Solar Project Development

Dan is the founder of Plankton Energy, a commercial-scale solar developer based in New York. At Plankton, Dan focuses on developing and financing solar and battery projects for schools, houses of worship, and small businesses. Prior to founding Plankton, Dan was a Vice President at Safari Energy, a solar developer based in New York. Dan led the finance team, with a focus on tailoring financial solutions for clients and structuring and arranging debt, lease, and tax equity financing. At Safari, Dan was involved in developing over 100 MW of distributed generation projects in operation.

Prior to joining Safari, Dan was a Lok Capital Fellow at Suryoday Microfinance where he led new market strategy & product development. Dan began his career in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he focused on the Power, Utilities & Renewables industry. Dan received an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and holds a B.A. cum laude in Economics from Wake Forest University.

SUMA PS5250 Building Resilience in 21st Century Detroit: Roots and Remedies to Racial Injustice

Donna Givens Davidson has over 35 years’ nonprofit leadership experience in areas of youth and family development, community economic development, community partnerships, and community education. Over the years, she has developed and implemented demonstration programs and worked in partnership with a number of organizations with the consistent goal of increasing opportunity, building capacity, and fostering growth.

Now serving as President and CEO of Eastside Community Network as well as Lecturer at Columbia University School of Professional Studies, Ms. Givens Davidson formerly served as President of the Youth Development Commission, CEO of Visions Education Development Consortium, LLC, Executive Director of Vanguard CDC, Vice President Programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit and in leadership positions
at several other nonprofit organizations. She serves as Vice-Chair for Pewabic Pottery; board member of New Detroit, Inc., Michigan College Access Network, and Urban Research Centers; member of the Bridge Detroit Magazine Advisory Council and the
Charles H. Wright Community Advisory and Action Council; and Steering Committee Member for the Lower Eastside Action Plan, Building the Engine for Community Development in Detroit and the Detroit Resident’s First Fund.

Ms. Givens Davidson co-hosts a weekly podcast, Authentically Detroit with Orlando Bailey. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at Columbia University in the School of Professional Studies, Sustainability Management Program.
Ms. Givens Davidson has earned a Masters of Ed Leadership from Wayne State University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and a Certificate of Completion from the Harvard University Summer Leadership Institute.

SUMA PS4190 Economics of Sustainability Management

Alex Heil, PhD, Senior Economist at The Conference Board, is an applied economist with more than 20 years of experience in the energy, environment, and infrastructure space. His work is centered on the energy transition, renewable energy resources, urban economics, and how infrastructure and transportation will affect development patterns and economic trends.

Before joining the Conference Board, Alex was VP for Research at the Citizens Budget Commission, a think tank focused on the finances and operations of New York City and State governments. Prior to CBC, Alex was the Chief Economist of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In that role, he analyzed regional economic conditions, conducted regional cost benefit analysis, assessed the regional economic impacts of transportation investments, and undertook economic and financial project evaluations. He also worked as a consultant on energy and utility projects for private and public sector clients as an economist for CDM Smith, Inc.

Alex has been a frequent speaker and presenter at conferences and events for commercial real estate, transportation, and financial executives in the Greater New York metropolitan region and nationwide.

His background includes a strong focus on environmental economics and sustainability. He contributed to a Congressional Study on Investments in Transportation Resilience and has been an adjunct faculty member in the Sustainability Management Program at Columbia University for nearly a decade. He also teaches in the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU.

Originally from Germany, he received his BSc from Hawai’i Pacific University in Honolulu, his MSc from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, and his PhD from the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom. 

SUMA PS5142 Sustainable Finance
SUMA PS5193 Statistics for Sustainability Management
SUMA PS5240 Sustainable Agriculture

Bruce Kahn has over 25 years of experience in environmental and investment research and management. Currently, Bruce is the Portfolio Manager of a Global Equity portfolio which focuses on agribusiness. Previously, Bruce was a Director in Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management division where he acted as an investment strategist conducting high-level analytical research on sustainable investing including clean tech, water and agricultural-based investment strategies as well as ESG/SRI strategies. Prior to that, he managed assets at Smith Barney’s Private Wealth Management Group in sustainable investments including agri-business and clean tech for Foundation/Endowment, HNWI and Institutional clients. Bruce currently serves as a Trustee and member of the Finance Committee of the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, a US endowment and funder of sustainable agriculture organizations in the US. He also serves as a member of the Board of Visitors for the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is on the Technical Review Panel of National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Recently Bruce has joined the Advisory Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and serves on the Advisory Panel of Mercer Investment Consulting and Management’s Sustainable Opportunities Fund. Bruce holds a BA in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut; MS in Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures from Auburn University; PhD in Land Resources from University of Wisconsin, Madison; recipient of both a J. William Fulbright Scholarship and a National Science Foundation Fellowship in ecological economics.

SUMA PS5150 Energy and Sustainable Development

Phil LaRocco has over thirty years of experience at the intersection of the public and private sectors, leveraging public purposes and private sector initiative, blending financial, economic, social and environmental returns. From 1970-1990, he served as the Director of Trade and Economic Development for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where he managed the NY World Trade Center, developed inner city industrial parks in the South Bronx, Yonkers and Elizabeth, and developed the Essex County (Newark) 2,250 ton-per day waste to energy facility. In 1990 he moved on to create a project management firm that led to his 1994 founding of a pioneering not-for-profit energy investment company E+Co, operating in Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and Southeast Asia. He served as E+Co’s CEO until 2009, directing investment in over 150 energy enterprises in more than twenty companies, building relationships between big institutions (e.g. Rockefeller Foundation, UN Environmental Programme, European Development Finance and Development organizations, U.S. AID, World Bank Group and International Finance Corporation), and more than 150 small and medium sized energy enterprises (e.g. SELCO-India, Toyola-Ghana and La Esperanza-Honduras).


LaRocco is committed to making training, education and capacity building materials readily available to energy entrepreneurs, and other sector professionals.

SUMA PS5145 The Science of Sustainable Water

Wade McGillis is a Research Professor at the Lamont Doherty Observatory and has been teaching in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering for 16 years. He is the Director of the Center for Rivers and Estuaries and member of the Green Infrastructure Consortium at Columbia University.

His research interests and activities include understanding water resource management and the effects of contaminants in the environment. McGillis works on urban and coastal ecosystems everywhere from New York City to Haiti and the Arctic to the Mediterranean Sea. He has worked as a Mechanical Engineer in Industry and previously was a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution before coming to Columbia University, a non-profit organization where he studied of global carbon cycle between the atmosphere and the marine system. In addition, McGillis has published over 100 articles, the most recent of which are on New York City storm water management (January 2019), Haitian river discharge (2015), Citizen Science research (2016), and Coral Reef dissolution (2016).

SUMA PS5205 GIS for Sustainability Management

Dara Mendeloff is a GIS specialist at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University. At CIESIN, Mendeloff has run GIS training workshops, developed web map clients, written geoprocessing scripts in python, and conducted data collections and quality checks on topics such as Low-Elevation Coastal Zones and Infant Mortality Rates. Prior to her work at Columbia, Mendeloff worked as a GIS technician/analyst at the New York City Department of City Planning where she was responsible for data creation and management of GIS datasets for representation of NYC’s Zoning Map, Section Map and City Map features. Additionally, she has served as a GIS technician with Dr. Yuri Gorokhovich, an associate research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory as well as with the New York/New Jersey Clean Ocean and Shore Trust. She also conducted remote sensing and served as a GIS analyst at Panthera, a company that uses scientific leadership and global conservation action to ensure the future of wild cats. Mendeloff was an adjunct professor in the department of geography at CUNY Hunter College where she taught a graduate level “Introduction to GIS” course in 2010.

​Mendeloff received her master of arts degree in geography/GIS from CUNY Hunter College in 2010. She received her bachelor of science in environmental science from SUNY Purchase College in 2003 and her bachelor of arts in mathematics/computer science in 2005. Mendeloff is a member of the North American Cartographic Information Society.

SUMA PS4734 Earth Institute Practicum

Alison Miller is Chief of Staff at the Earth Institute, where she supports the coordination and oversight of a portfolio of academic and operational initiatives related to the education, research, practice and outreach activity of the Institute. She is also the Associate Director of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management at the Earth Institute, where she engages in research related to organization-level sustainability issues. Prior to Columbia, Miller worked as a business development associate for an asset management firm. She has written about climate policy, sustainability metrics, and management. Miller is the co-author, with Steven Cohen and William Eimicke, of the 2015 book, Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to a Cleaner Economy. She teaches courses on sustainable development and sustainability management and policy. In 2014, she was selected as one of City & State’s 40 under 40 Rising Stars in NYC Politics & Policy. Miller received her MPA in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and her BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of Delaware.

SUMA PS5147 Water Resources and Climate

Dr. Indrani Pal is a water scientist who has the passion to assess water risk. Dr. Pal leads and manages research projects geared towards developing innovative systems to provide quality data to manage water risk for businesses. She has a PhD in the subject area from the University of Cambridge, UK. She currently holds an appointment as the faculty advisor & lecturer for Sustainability Management Program at the Earth Institute of Columbia University and also serves as a research scientist at the NOAA Center for Earth System Science and Remote Sensing Technologies at the City University of NY.

SUMA PS5701 Water Governance

Dr. Puma is currently Director of the Center for Climate Systems Research, part of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and co-located with the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The center has over 30 scientists and staff working closely with NASA on earth science and climate impacts research. Dr. Puma’s research is focused on global food security, hydroclimatology, and human migration. He is especially interested in understanding the sensitivity of complex, socioeconomic systems to non-predictable extremes including megadroughts, volcanic eruptions, wars, and trade restrictions. Dr. Puma's research has been funded by a variety of institutions including the National Science Foundation, NASA, the US Department of Defense, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Columbia World Project "Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today for Tomorrow" (ACToday). His efforts on global food security also have been supported through a fellowship from Columbia's Center for Climate and Life.

SUMA PS5200 Integrative Capstone Workshop
SUMA PS5770 Sustainable Forest Management

Ralph Schmidt is an adjunct professor at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, New York, and is also advising a major international reforestation program for Haiti. His work with forests started in 1970 in Colombia. Schmidt studied forest ecology and economics and received his Masters of Forest Science (1978) from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His good Spanish got him a research assistant job at the US Forest Service Institute for Tropical Forestry in Puerto Rico, where he learned to identify 300 species of trees. He was soon asked to be the head of the Puerto Rico Forest Service. Here he managed a system of protected areas, as well as tree nurseries and saw mills for five years. After, he went to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, and worked on forestry projects in the developing world. In 1990 he transitioned to United Nations Development Program in New York to continue that work as the Director of their forestry program. He represented UNDP in the Forestry Advisers Group, in the International Forum on Forests and in the Interagency Task Force on Forests with a strong focus on economics and finance of sustainable forest management. Finally, he was CEO of a private company, Candlewood Forest Group, owning 250,000 acres of forest in northwest Argentina. They were the first FSC certified natural forest operation in that country. Along the way he wrote three reports for the World Bank Inspection Panel, where they carefully examined forest project policies and consequences in Brazil, D.R. Congo and Cambodia.

SUMA PS5025 Corporate Sustainability Strategy and Reporting
SUMA PS5525 Consumerism and Sustainability

Celine has nearly 20 years of experience creating long-term value through risk reduction, efficiency, and sustainability planning. Through her consultancy – FOR THE LONG-TERM, LLC – she advises large, publicly listed companies on ESG/CSR issues with a focus on climate change strategy.


As American Express’ first global Director of Sustainability/CSR (2010-2013), Celine was responsible for the company’s global environmental affairs including strategy setting, implementation, and communications. She has also worked on consulting projects for the UN, EPA Region II, NYSERDA and NYC Department of Education.


To date, over 80 of her articles have appeared in publications such as: Consilience, the Journal of Sustainable Development; Yahoo Green; and treehugger.com.


Celine holds a M.P.A Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, an M.B.A. in Marketing and a B.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, CUNY.


Following a multi decade career on Wall Street working for major financial institutions as an equity research analyst covering the electric utility sector, Leslie Rich is now a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy Loan Programs Office. In this capacity, Ms. Rich will support the design and implementation of new loan authorities including the $250 billion Energy Infrastructure Reinvestment program. She will also assist in outreach and business development to finance technologies and infrastructure projects that enable the energy transition.

Additionally, Ms. Rich is a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies teaching Financing the Clean Energy Economy as part of the graduate program in Sustainability Management.

For close to 30 years, Ms. Rich worked at JP Morgan Asset Management, Bank of America/Columbia Management, and Neuberger Berman as an equity research analyst. While at JP Morgan Asset Management, Ms. Rich served as the leader of the global utility sector from 2016 – 2022 and was a member of the U.S. Proxy Committee voting on governance issues at companies across sectors. Ms. Rich has been on the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) since 2018. She regularly speaks at industry conferences on topics including ESG, utility capital allocation, and decarbonization strategies. Ms. Rich holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College in addition to the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

SUMA PS4100 Sustainability Management
SUMA PS5310 Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership

George Sarrinikolaou is director of the Earth Institute’s Office of Academic and Research Programs. In that role, he is responsible for the management of several educational programs, for initiatives that strengthen the Earth Institute’s research enterprise, and for administrative support to the Institute’s academic governance. Previously he worked at the Institute for Sustainable Communities, where he managed the Climate Leadership Academy, a training and technical assistance program for hundreds of sustainability practitioners working in U.S. cities and metropolitan regions. He also served as the first sustainability manager of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, where he advised the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners and senior management in developing sustainability policies and projects. He helped create and managed the Port Authority’s sustainability program, which focused on climate change mitigation, carbon neutrality, and adaptation. As part of the program, he conducted the Port Authority’s first greenhouse gas emissions inventory, which included the emissions of the aircraft, ships, and vehicles that use the Authority’s facilities. He also made the Authority’s first purchase of carbon offsets, implemented a policy for sustainable design, developed green construction contract specifications, and supported the environmental management of World Trade Center redevelopment. He is the author of “Facing Athens: Encounters with the Modern City.” He holds an M.P.A. with a concentration in environmental policy and an M.A. in English from Columbia University, and a B.A. cum laude in English from Cornell University.

SUMA PS5195 Accounting, Finance, and Modeling of Sustainable Investments

Brad Schwartz is the Chief Financial Officer at Encourage Capital. He is also a New York State licensed CPA. Brad holds an MBA with distinction from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a BS in accounting from SUNY Albany. Prior to joining Encourage, he worked at Lincolnshire Management, Inc. on their finance and accounting team. He has also worked for JP Morgan Chase in their Private Equity Fund Services business. Brad began his career as an auditor at Ernst and Young. He was also at one point a professional comedian and actor but now provides humor on a pro bono basis.

SUMA PS5690 Environmental Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities

Carter protects land, creates parks, builds green infrastructure and helps revitalize cities as the New York State Director of The Trust for Public Land. He previously served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, where he oversaw the largest municipally-owned water agency in the country and launched the city’s Green Infrastructure Plan and Clean Heat Policy, and before that as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s sustainability team.


He has served as an infrastructure, environmental and sustainability consultant, a public interest environmental litigator and professor at Rutgers Law School, and as an Assistant New York Attorney General. Carter has been a board member of several non-profits and teaches a class on sustainable infrastructure for cities at Columbia University. Born and raised in upstate New York, for the past 20 years Carter has been a resident of Brooklyn, where he lives with his wife and two children.

SUMA PS5720 Policy and Legal ContextSUMA PS5301 International Environmental Law

Seth Kerschner practices environmental law at White & Case LLP.  Seth assists clients with transactions, litigation, climate change, regulatory compliance, site remediation, sustainability, biodiversity and energy transition matters. Seth's practice involves work with public and private companies, governments and nonprofit organizations.  His transactional practice involves advising domestic and international clients on environmental matters in the context of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, securities offerings, bankruptcies and real estate transactions. He advises clients through each environmental aspect of a deal, from designing and coordinating transaction-specific environmental due diligence assessments, through negotiating agreements and environmental insurance, to handling closing and post-closing matters. He has managed the environmental aspects of hundreds of successfully consummated transactions in the manufacturing, chemical, fossil fuel and renewable power, oil & gas, pharmaceutical and private equity sectors, among others. He has significant experience with wind and solar projects. Seth advises developers and lenders on applying the Equator Principles and IFC Performance Standards to energy and infrastructure projects. Seth has experience with international climate change law. He counseled a government client through several meetings of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, including COP21 that resulted in the Paris Agreement.  Seth also represents clients in environmental litigation, including disputes relating to water pollution, air emissions from oil & gas facilities, physical risks associated with climate change, longer term shifts in climatic patterns, contaminated land, and emerging contaminants. Seth's work on energy transition matters also involves advising clients on greenhouse gas emission reduction and offset projects, and sustainability and climate change disclosure.  Seth taught environmental law at Boston College.  Seth has been recognized by Law360 and Chambers USA as a leading environmental practitioner.

SUMA PS5147 Water Resources and Climate

Laia Andreu-Hayles is a Research Associate Professor at the Tree-Ring Lab of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and a lecturer at the School of Professional Studies of Columbia University Laia has been at the Observatory since 2009. She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Barcelona and defended her Ph.D, which received a European Doctorate award mention, in October 2017 in Spain. Her research is focused on the study of past, current, and future environmental changes, and incorporates dendrochronology and isotopic geochemistry. Her career has been focused on the assessment of vegetation responses under global climate change and on reconstructions of past climate. She seeks to understand the interactions between forests and the environment to provide a long-term context for the study of current anthropogenic change, its impacts on the terrestrial ecosystem, and the Earth’s climatic system. Her investigations are ongoing at sites located in the Mediterranean, boreal, and tropical regions, which are ‘hot spots’ where some of the most dramatic environmental changes are already occurring. Laia has received fellowships and research awards, published more than 30 scientific papers and a book chapter, presented her findings at international conferences. Laia has received fellowships and research awards, published more than 30 scientific papers and a book chapter, presented her findings at international conferences, and she has been invited to international and national scientific panels.

PS5470 Circular Economy for Sustainability Professionals

Danielle Azoulay is the head of CSR and Sustainability for L’Oréal USA. As part of her role, she oversees the implementation of L’Oréal’s global sustainability program Sharing Beauty With All which addresses environmental and social impacts across L’Oréal’s value chain. Prior to joining L’Oréal USA, Danielle established the environmental sustainability program at Marc Jacobs International and worked on supply chain sustainability issues at PVH.

Throughout her career, Danielle has developed and executed sustainability strategies to reduce supply chain impacts, drive positive change upstream, create business value, and increase stakeholder engagement. Specifically, Danielle has designed and implemented goal-oriented programs for impact areas such as responsible chemicals management, waste management, carbon emissions, water quality, and more.

Danielle has an M.A. in Environmental Conservation and Education from New York University where she focused her studies on climate change impacts to consumer products companies.

PS5060 Sustainable Fashion and Startup Strategy

Ammar is the founding partner of “ONE432”; a revolutionary "Equal-Share" fashion brand, that pledges 50% of the Net Profits from each transaction, back to its Artisans and sponsoring a child's education. The ONE432 business model has been highlighted by Vogue Business, as well as NYU Stern's "Most Disruptive MBA Startups" and the winner of the "2021 Stern's Entrepreneurs Challenge". Ammar also continues to serve a select NY clientele with his, “Custom Design - Not Just Tailored”, eponymous menswear label.

Ammar was the first individual from the entire South Asia/Middle East region to attend the Parsons MFA Fashion program, accepting only 18 talents in each cohort. His graduate collection earned him a place as a key faculty member within the Parsons Design community. Ammar's trans-disciplinary narrative of consistently teaching in both programs (BFA Fashion, BBA Business) is part of an evolving vision to explore the harmony between Conceptual Design, Social Entrepreneurship, and Activism. In 2020, he wrote and started teaching a new course called "Sustainable Fashion & Startup Strategy" at Columbia University's Sustainability Management program.

His multicultural articulation of design is a realization of his upbringing in Boston, Geneva, and Lahore (Pakistan). Descending from a family that pioneered manufacturing in Pakistan, he started his career by launching a Bespoke Denim label, which deciphered traditional couture techniques into street-wear; which evolved into Pakistan’s first luxury Menswear label expanding to 5 flagship stores across the country. Ammar Belal Menswear has won national design awards for “Best Emerging Talent”, and “Best Menswear” while being highlighted in the international media. (WWD, Vogue India, Guardian).


SUMA PS5175 Global Environmental Markets
SUMA PS5380 Financing Natural Infrastructure

Eron Bloomgarden is a partner at EKO Asset Management Partners based in the firm’s New York City office. EKO is a specialized investment and advisory firm focused on discovering and monetizing unrealized or unrecognized environmental assets. A a pioneer in the development of carbon markets, Bloomgarden has advised governments, multilateral institutions, and international corporations on many aspects of the carbon and environmental markets. He has extensive experience in the areas of carbon finance and emissions reduction project development and has worked on several carbon market “firsts” including the first Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project in the world to receive carbon credits and the first unilateral CDM project.

Prior to joining EKO, Bloomgarden was president of Equator’s environmental markets business, an asset management firm, where he had responsibility for carbon and environmental assets throughout the organization. Previously he was U.S. country director at EcoSecurities, the world’s largest CDM developer, where he spearheaded the firm’s entry into the North American carbon market and managed all aspects of the firm’s United States operations including origination, strategic planning, project development, and policy. Bloomgarden holds an M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and completed the P.L.D. at Harvard Business School.

SUMA PS5155 Energy Markets and Innovation

Travis Bradford is the president and founder of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, a nonprofit organization focused on harnessing the power of the business sector to develop cost-effective and sustainable solutions in technologies, including energy, water, food, and recycling. Through the Institute, he helped found Greentech Media and the Carbon War Room.

Bradford is also currently the managing partner at Atlas Capital Investments, LP, a global hedge fund dedicated to investing in sustainable technology companies in energy, water, food, and materials. He consults with governments, NGOs, and corporations on strategy and execution.

Bradford has lectured on finance, entrepreneurship, and alternative energy economics at many leading universities in the U.S, and has been a professor at the University of Chicago and Duke University MBA programs on Energy Innovation.His published works include Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry, published by the MIT Press, and “Private Equity: Sources and Uses” in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, in addition to dozens of global market research reports on the energy industry. Bradford earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgia State University in 1992 and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business in 1996. In 2006, he received an MPA degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has previously worked at the Federal Reserve and as a partner at various public and private equity investment firms.

SUMA PS5200 Integrative Capstone Workshop

Kizzy Charles-Guzman is the director of the Climate Change and Public Health Program at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) where she leads efforts to develop effective interventions to reduce the anticipated adverse health impacts associated with a changing climate. Prior to joining the DOHMH, she was a policy advisor at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability where she was responsible for implementing air quality and food sustainability initiatives and coordinating other environmental planning efforts outlined in PlaNYC 2030. Charles-Guzman has also worked in the non-profit sector, collaborating with environmental, social justice, and children’s health advocacy groups on air pollution and public health issues related to transportation and land use patterns and related to public exposure to indoor air pollutants and toxic chemicals. She also has substantial experience in politics and government regulations, given her involvement in the passage of City and State legislation to reduce air emissions. Charles-Guzman was selected by City Hall News as one of 40 “Rising Stars: the next generation of political leaders in New York” and by Glamour Magazine as one of “70 Eco Heroes in the U.S.”

SUMA PS5200 Integrative Capstone Workshop

Dr. Bob Cook is a veterinarian who has spent his career in wildlife health, conservation, medical research, academia and foundation philanthropy. For many years he served as the Chief Veterinarian and then General Director  for the Wildlife Conservation Society, following which he was the Program Director for Conservation and Basic Medical Research at the Helmsley Charitable Trust. Presently he is the Grant Development Officer for Environment and Science at the Zegar Family Foundation,  Senior Science Advisor at the Mayday Fund, and Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. In these roles Dr. Cook has worked extensively in rural international settings and on global policy issues focused on the health of people, domestic animals, and wildlife. His environmental grantmaking experience includes community-based conservation, protected area establishment, biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation, marine conservation, environmental justice, food security, regenerative agriculture, and the sustainability of natural resources. Dr. Cook has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at SIPA from 2004 to 2007 and then from 2013 to present. He has also served as a Lecturer in the School of Professional Studies in 2012 and then again beginning in 2017 to present.


BS, Microbiology and Public Health, Michigan State University 1976; VMD, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine 1980, Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Animal Medical Center 1981; Residency in Zoological Medicine, Wildlife Conservation Society 1987; MPA, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University 2002.

SUMA PS5200 Integrative Capstone Workshop

Susanne DesRoches is the Deputy Director of Infrastructure Policy in the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) where she leads efforts to adapt regional infrastructure systems to maintain continued services. She ensures coordinated adaptation efforts and works to adopt resiliency design guidelines for infrastructure systems that serve the City’s residents and businesses. Susanne previously worked for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) where she held the position of Chief, Resilience and Sustainability in the Engineering Department. She was the department’s technical lead for Hurricane Sandy recovery and resiliency efforts and led the development of the PANYNJ Climate Resilience Guidelines, which incorporates future climate impacts into design strategies.


Susanne holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

SUMA PS5180 Writing Global Science International Media

SUMA PS5460 Writing Op-Eds, Small Personal Essays, and Blog Posts

Prize-winning journalist and author, Claudia Dreifus, writes for the New York Times and  for the New York Review of Books. 


Known for her incisive interviews on scientific and cultural topics, Ms. Dreifus is also the producer and moderator a lecture series at the 92nd Street Y, “Science Salon with Claudia Dreifus.” 


In her highly rated SUMA course, she teaches scientists and sustainability professionals the basics of journalism so that they can communicate their work with maximum effectiveness. Over the semester, students gain practice in writing op-ed opinion pieces, producing interviews, making pod-casts, writing for the internet. At the end of the term, they are guided in writing and researching complex long form feature articles such as those regularly seen in the New York Times Sunday Magazine and Scientific American and Quanta. 


Ms. Dreifus has written for all these publications—and also for Undark, Wired, CNN, Ms., Newsweek, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Nation, Mother Jones, Smithsonian, AARP-The Magazine, Readers Digest. She is also the author of six books, including the 2010 polemic, co-authored with the political scientist, Andrew Hacker, “Higher Education?”

Ms. Dreifus believes that journalists are actually science teachers and perhaps because of that, the scientific honor society, Sigma Xi, awarded her an honorary membership for her role in “transforming” the form and style of science journalism.

Ms. Dreifus believes that journalists are actually science teachers and perhaps because of that, the scientific honor society, Sigma Xi, awarded her an honorary membership for her role in “transforming” the form and style of science journalism.

SUMA PS5169 Sustainability Metrics
SUMA PS5380 Financing Natural Infrastructure

Adam Freed has more than 20 years of experience working on local and global urban issues. At Bloomberg Associates, a non-profit consultancy, Adam works with cities around the world to craft and implement sustainability strategies and actions covering a wide range of issues, including energy, GHG mitigation, climate resilience, housing affordability, green infrastructure, air quality, solid waste management, and neighborhood revitalization.


Prior to joining Bloomberg Associates, Adam was the Deputy Managing Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Water Program, where he worked with cities in 33 countries to have safe, sustainable, and reliable water supplies and developed innovative financing strategies for natural infrastructure solutions. From 2008-2012, Adam served as Deputy and Acting Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, overseeing the implementation of PlaNYC and related sustainability initiatives and developing the city’s first climate resilience program. As part of PlaNYC, the City planted 1 million trees, created more than 240 new community playgrounds, enacted the nation’s most aggressive green buildings legislation, achieved the cleanest air quality in over 50 years, launched a $2 billion green infrastructure program, and lowered its GHG emissions 12%.


Adam is also a Lecturer at Columbia University and a member of the NYC Water Board, which is responsible for setting NYC’s water rates to fund the city’s water and sewer system’s operating and capital needs (approximately $3.8 billion annually). In addition, he serves on the Board of ioby, a national crowd-resourcing platform to support community-led improvement projects; as an External Advisor to Fannie Mae’s Sustainable Communities Initiative; and on the Investor Advisory Group for the UN’s Joint SDG Fund. He received his master's in Urban Planning from New York University and was a Mel King Community Fellow at MIT.

SUMA PS5700 Ethics of Sustainability Management and Finance

Adela Gondek teaches public and environmental ethics at Columbia University, in the Executive MPA and MPA in Environmental Science and Policy programs of the School of International and Public Affairs; the MS in Sustainability Management program at the School of Professional Studies; and the Sustainable Development undergraduate program of the Earth Institute. A political scientist with specialization in political theory and American politics and policy, she acquired her PhD in the Department of Government at Harvard, with cross-disciplinary study in the law and divinity schools and the Kennedy School of Government. She has served as a legislative analyst in the Massachusetts State Senate, with investigative specialization in consumer product safety, prison reform and model judicial practice. At Columbia, she initially taught American political theory in the Department of Political Science, then began teaching applied ethics at SIPA, SPS, and the EI. She has designed courses on corrupt practices, sector-based environmental justice, sustainable finance, and the sustainability worldview; and is currently developing a new course on ecological philosophy for the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Professor Gondek’s research interests include practical and theoretical ethics, cross-sector corruption, organizational leadership and management, the Arthurian narrative and code of civility, and transformative learning. Writing English variations, she co-authored the volume, Poems of Enlightenment, with Jingtian Guo, poet; Rongxiang Jia, poet; Tigang Guo, calligrapher; and Yujie Kang, artist (Beijing: World Knowledge Press, 2015). In 2018, she co-authored a paper on transformative individuals and communities with Dr. Rachel Fichter, Chief Learning Officer at S&P Global Ratings, NYC, and Dr. Katharina Weghmann, Director, Integrity Solutions at Ernst & Young, Berlin, Germany. In 2019, she authored an article for the Johns Hopkins SAIS (School of Advanced International Studies) Review, on ethics in foreign policy with peculiar ramifications from Antarctica to Ukraine. Most recently, in a lecture series at SIPA, she presented a paper on the mortal interplay of development practice and high finance in the context of the pandemic.

SUMA PS5220 Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Jonathan Hollander has more than 15 years of experience as a technological innovator and science communicator, working across disciplines from material science to policy to information technology. He has advised numerous for-profit startups delivering high social impact with particular interest in companies that focus on sustainability and empower local communities through economic development opportunities.


Dr. Hollander is currently Head of Product for a software as a service startup company working to track carbon emissions through a supply chain, and is the author of several patents in the field of study. He also worked recently to commercialize innovations aiming to displace crude oil with wood and other non-food plants as the raw material to produce a range of everyday products, such as gasoline and plastic bottles. Prior to that, Dr. Hollander taught at the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences & Forestry and was a Science Policy Advisor for the UK Government.


Twice awarded prestigious scholarships for graduate study at the University of Cambridge, the Gates Scholarship and the Churchill Scholarship, Dr. Hollander completed his PhD in Materials Science and MPhil in Physics. His research significantly improved our understanding of the quantum effects occurring inside of semiconductor light emitting devices (LEDs) and resulted in fifteen peer-reviewed publications and dozens of speaking engagements. Dr. Hollander earned his BS in Materials Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

SUMA PS5720 Policy and Legal Context
SUMA PS5301 International Environmental Law

Rick Horsch is a Retired Partner with the international law firm, White & Case LLP. While at White & Case, Mr. Horsch concentrated his practice on domestic and international environmental matters. He has addressed environmental issues arising in such countries as Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, India, China, Japan, the Philippines, and South Korea. He frequently advised clients on international conventions and treaties, multilateral development bank standards (e.g., World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, IFC), and evolving international environmental and sustainable development standards and norms, including the Equator Principles. He served as legal advisor to a sovereign nation in its establishment and start-up of a Designated National Authority to review and approve proposed projects developed under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol. He was an advisor to a group of developing countries on climate change matters, including in connection with the negotiation of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the subsequent implementation of its provisions, and in connection with the negotiation of the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (potent greenhouse gases) under the 2016 Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

Mr. Horsch is currently coordinating the Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization Pro Bono Implementation Project -- an undertaking by lawyers working pro bono on behalf of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School to turn into model legislation at the federal, state, county and local levels, nearly 1500 recommendations to address climate change.

Mr. Horsch is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches International Environmental Law. From 2007 to 2013, he was an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law and International Environmental Law at Seton Hall Law School.

Mr. Horsch was Co-Chair of the International Environmental Law Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law in 2008 and Vice Chair from 2005-2007. He is Director Emeritus of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a non-profit public interest law organization. He is on the Board of Advisors to New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity.

Prior to joining White & Case, Mr. Horsch clerked for the Hon. Frederick B. Lacey, U.S. District Judge, District of New Jersey; Judge, Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals.


J.D., New York University School of Law

B.A., University of New Hampshire

SUMA PS5205 GIS for Sustainability Management

Carolynne Hultquist is a PhD candidate in the geography department and social data analytics specializing in fusing GIS and Remote Sensing to better understand complex environments. Her research involves machine learning, geospatial technologies during hazards, energy, and complexity science. The goal of her graduate research is using computational methods for spatio-temporal analysis and modeling of human impacts from natural disasters. She received her M.S. Geography degree at Penn State for her thesis involving validating radiation measurements around Fukushima by comparing citizen science, government data, and models over space and time. She believes it is critical to recognize the benefits and limitations of environmental and social data from various geospatially enabled technologies.

SUMA PS5235 The Science of Urban Ecology

Amy Karpati is an ecologist and environmental educator. Currently, she works with PLAN it WILD, a local start-up whose mission is to bring back habitat to suburban yards and open spaces. She has served as the Director of Science and Programs at Teatown Lake Reservation, a nature preserve and environmental education center in Westchester County, New York. Karpati also worked as a conservation biologist and environmental advocate in the New Jersey Pinelands, helping to protect the essential ecosystem services and habitats of the region. She has conducted research into the ecological restoration of urban ecosystems, specializing in plant ecology, soil ecology, and ecological mutualisms. Karpati’s teaching in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program focuses on fostering urban sustainability through understanding and enhancing ecological function, biodiversity, and green infrastructure in cities. Karpati holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution as well as a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University, and a M.S.T. in Adolescent Education from Pace University.

SUMA PS4140 Sustainability Science

Jenna Lawrence has taught undergraduate, graduate and continuing education courses at Columbia University since 2007 through the department of ecology, evolution and environmental biology. She is also an instructor at the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation. The courses she teaches include Marine Conservation Ecology, Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity. Her research experience focuses on the behavior and ecology of primates and wildlife conservation approaches.

SUMA PS5050 Critical Urban Infrastructure for Sustainable Development

Peter J. Marcotullio is Professor of Geography, Hunter College, CUNY, Director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities (CISC), Associate of the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center and faculty member in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is also Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP).

Prof. Marcotullio was Lecturer (1999-2001) and Professor (2001-2006) of Urban Planning in the Urban Engineering Department, University of Tokyo and held several positions at the United Nations University, Institute for Advanced Studies, Japan (1997-2008). Selected research activities include Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) for the “Urban Systems” chapter in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (published 2005), Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) for the “Urbanization and global trends in biodiversity” section, Global Assessment of Urbanization and Biodiversity (published 2013), Contributing Author (CA) for the “Human settlements” chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (published 2014), Coordinating Lead Author for the “Energy Supply” Chapter of the Global Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (ARC3-2) (publication date 2016) and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the International Human Dimensions Program’s Urbanization and Global Environmental Change project (UGEC; formerly with IHDP now with Future Earth). Professor Marcotullio’s research interests include urbanization, development and environment interactions.

SUMA PS5021 Theory and Practice of Life Cycle Analysis 

Christoph Meinrenken is an associate research scientist at Columbia University's Earth Institute, adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, and affiliate of the Foundations of Data Science Center at the Data Science Institute. His research focuses on computer modeling to elucidate and improve the techno-economic performance of low carbon energy systems. Recent and current research projects include demand management and energy storage in smart buildings (DoE, NSF, NYSERDA, NIST), electrification of the transportation sector, synthetic fuels (ABB, Electricity de France), and automated product carbon footprinting (PepsiCo Inc.). An expert in Life Cycle Assessment and enterprise-scale product analytics, Meinrenken has worked with the World Resources Institute, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and The Sustainability Consortium, and consulted several globally operating consumer goods manufacturers.

Before joining Columbia, Meinrenken worked on modeling molecular spectra (MSE, Princeton University, 1996) and computational neuroscience (PhD Physics, Max Planck Institute, 2001). In addition to academic research and teaching, Meinrenken spent several years in the private sector, specializing in financial engineering and risk management.

SUMA PS5170 Sustainable Operations

Vance Merolla is the Worldwide Director, Global Sustainability for Colgate-Palmolive Company, a consumer products company based in New York City, responsible for the evolving development and implementation of Colgate’s global sustainability strategy. Vance provides leadership on Colgate’s worldwide programs around climate, energy efficiency, water stewardship, waste reduction, and sustainable buildings and external engagement. Prior to his current 21 years with Colgate, he was an environmental consulting group manager for the URS Corporation. Merolla holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University. He is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in the states of New York, New Jersey and Washington, and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-Accredited Professional, and a Member of the USGBC NJ Chapter Board of Directors.

SUMA PS5445 Impact Finance for Sustainability Practitioners

Bhakti Mirchandani is a proven leader in sustainable and inclusive investing. She is a Managing Director on Trinity Church Wall Street's Investment Team, where she focuses on responsible investing.  Trinity Church Wall Street is a growing and vibrant Episcopal community with the core values of faith, integrity, inclusiveness, compassion, social justice, and stewardship. Her responsibilities span Trinity's securities, real estate, and mission investing portfolios.

Bhakti is also an adjunct lecturer who teaches her own award-winning impact finance class that she pioneered in Columbia’s Masters in Sustainability Management Program, an independent director of Live Oak Crestview Climate Acquisition Corp (NYSE: LOCC.U), co-founder and steering committee member of Institutional Allocators for Diversity Equity and Inclusion (IADEI), a monthly contributor on sustainable investing to Forbes.com, and a New York State Insurance Fund Commissioner.

Previously, Bhakti was Managing Director at FCLTGlobal--a consortium co-founded by BlackRock, The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Dow, McKinsey & Company and Tata to develop practical approaches that encourage long-term behaviors in investing and business--and ESG advisor to Corbin Capital, a large hedge fund of funds.

Prior to these roles, Bhakti was a Senior Vice President at One William Street Capital Management, Global Relationship Director for Global Development Organizations and Microfinance Specialist at Barclays Capital/Lehman Brothers, Vice President and early employee at award-winning Indian impact investment bank Unitus Capital, founder of what is now the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards, micropension consultant to Women’s World Banking, and equity research analyst at Salomon Smith Barney.

Bhakti's work has been featured in the NYTimes, the Financial Times, Institutional Investor, CNBC, Business Insider, and at the G-20 and Davos. She is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Most importantly, Bhakti is the proud mother of a spirited three-and-a-half-year-old.

SUMA PS5197 Financing the Clean Energy Economy

Curtis Probst is an innovator in asset finance, energy and sustainability. He currently serves as CEO of New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation. His prior experience includes over 3 years as a Managing Director leading the sustainable finance practice at Rocky Mountain Institute, a global energy think tank, and previously, 24 years on Wall Street (most recently, as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs where he worked for over 15 years). While in investment banking, he managed over $50 billion of innovative financings for corporate and governmental clients.


Probst has spoken at industry events in the US, Canada and England, and lectured on energy finance for seven years. He holds an EdD from University of Pennsylvania, MPA from Columbia University, a BComm from the University of Calgary, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

SUMA PS5033 Decision Models and Management

Lucius Riccio has been on the faculty of Columbia University since 1995. He also is Executive Vice President and partner at Gedeon GRC Consulting, a full service engineering consulting firm, and a partner in CleanTrans, an environmental transportation company. Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia University, Mr. Riccio served in a variety of government, not-for-profit, and private sector positions. Most notably, he was the Commissioner of NYC’s Department of Transportation and served on the Board of Directors of NY’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Prior to those positions he was the Assistant Commissioner of NYC’s Department of Sanitation, Deputy Commissioner for Highways (NYC), Assistant Director for Research at the Police Foundation (Washington D.C.), served on the staff of the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement Productivity, was a consultant to the Federal Judicial Center of the Supreme Court of the U.S., and the U.S. Department of Justice, was Senior Vice President and partner at Urbitran Associates, and managing director for special projects at Douglas Elliman Real Estate (NYC). He has published extensively, served on the editorial board of the Operations Research Journal, received the ORSA President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Ike Grainger award from the United States Golf Association for 25 years of service, the March of Dimes Service to Humanity Award, and the City (NYC) Club’s Earthling Award for contributions to the environment. He has served on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Golf Association, MetroCommute Inc., Community Medical Transportation Inc., a NASDAQ listed company, and others.

SUMA PS5146 Water Systems Analysis 
SUMA PS5210 Solid Waste Management

He has over 29 years of professional, academic and research experience and has served as Senior Vice President, Senior Technical Advisor, and Senior Water Resources and Environmental (WR&E) Engineer on major Federal, NYS and NYC infrastructure projects in NYC. He received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in WR&E Engineering from New York University (previously known as Polytechnic University). He currently serves as Director of Environmental Compliance with Environmental Planning and Management, Inc. and as Adjunct Professor at various Universities.

He is a Diplomate of the American Academies of Environmental Engineers (DEE), Water Resources Engineers (D.WRE), and Industrial Hygienists (DIH). He is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) by the American Board of Industrial Hygienists. His teaching and research interests include WR&E systems analysis, deterministic and stochastic optimization and decision making, and risk analysis and assessment. His professional interests include sustainability and resilience management of WR&E systems, environmental assessments and modeling, ambient and indoor air quality pollution monitoring and control, hazardous materials and waste management, and quality assurance and quality control.

SUMA PS5040 ESG-Aligned Corporate Governance

Jo Giessler Weiss is the Head of Global Citizenship at White & Case, where she leads the strategic development and oversees the operations of the Firm's global pro bono practice, legal education programs, charitable contributions, volunteer activities and environmental sustainability initiative. She is a member of the Firm’s Responsible Business Working Group, co-chaired by the General Counsel, as well as the core group of the Business & Human Rights Interest Group, which is client-facing.


Jo has extensive experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, as well as deep experience in integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) best practices into strategy and operations. Prior to White & Case she was Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers, where she led the creation of the Firm's first global strategic philanthropy initiative, and served as vice president of The Lehman Brothers Foundation. She was Vice President of Advisory Services and a member of the Executive Committee at Catalyst, Inc., the leading global nonprofit on gender diversity in business. There she created the global advisory services practice, which helps leading companies recruit, retain and develop diverse talent.


Jo was also director of education and a member of the senior leadership team at the New York City Opera. She was a consultant at McKinsey & Co., and began her career in retail marketing at Standard Oil of Ohio. She holds an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

SUMA PS5200 Integrative Capstone Workshop
SUMA PS5119 Building Energy Workshop
SUMA PS5030 Hungry City Workshop
SUMA PS5162 Responsiveness and Resilience in the Built Environment

Lynnette Widder (M.Arch, Columbia University, 1990; Sc.D., ETHZ, 2016) serves on the full-time faculty of the Masters of Sustainability Management Masters Program at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Her current research focuses on sustainable development; urban resource flows; community resilience; and the material culture of building construction in post-war Germany and the US. Her recent research for the UN Development Program in Guinea has helped to resolve conflicts as diverse as bauxite mining and household waste management.

Prior to joining the Earth Institute, she was Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design; she has also taught at the ETH Zurich, Cornell University, City College of New York and Cranbrook Academy. She is co-author of two books, Live Projects: Pedagogy into Practice (Taylor and Francis, 2014) and Ira Rakatansky: As Modern as Tomorrow (William Stout, 2010); and curator of Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia (AIA Center for Architecture, 2017; Maass Gallery, SUNY Purchase and Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture, 2019). Her articles on architectural history and sustainable building have appeared in Daidalos, Bauwelt, architecture, Manifest, Kritische Berichte among other publications. Her professional work with aardvarchitecture has been published in the US, Europe, China and Australia. From 1994-98, she was editor of the bilingual architecture quarterly Daidalos. 

SUMA PS5255 Data Analysis and Visualization in Sustainability

Greg Yetman is associate director for the Geospatial Applications Division at CIESIN. He is a geographer specializing in the application of geographic information system (GIS) technologies in applied and research fields, including population geography, natural disasters, and environmental assessment. He has acted as a technical advisor on GIS to government and international organizations, including the United Nations Geographic Information Working Group (UNGIWG), the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) climate data working group, and the Canadian province, Newfoundland and Labrador. He has led implementation of geospatial services for the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) that have been used in initiatives such as the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) architecture implementation pilots.


Yetman has played an integral role in CIESIN activities including the development of the Gridded Population of the World (GPW) data set, the Natural Disaster Hotspots project, and the Global Rural-Urban Mapping Project (GRUMP). He has taught courses as an adjunct professor for Columbia University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering and Mailman School of Public Health. He previously worked as a senior consultant and business analyst for Esri Canada and as a consultant to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation.