On March 26th, Crain’s New York Business and Esri hosted a virtual event exploring pioneering applications of geospatial technologies for sustainability and climate initiatives. The Director of the Research Program on Sustainability and Policy, Dr. Steve Cohen, moderated the event. 

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Watch a recording of the event here. 

On March 4th, 2024, SPM's director Dr. Steve Cohen interviewed for NPR about renewable energy in Washington State.

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In January 2024, Prof. Dong Guo discussed his research on urban sustainability with the Chinese Economy News Daily news outlet (每日经济新闻).

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Read the article written by Anyi Wang, Associate Research Scholar in the Research Program on Sustainability and Policy, detailing the latest developments in our Research and Development of Sustainability Education in China Project.

Last summer, Erika Stafne and Stephanie Alston, two seasoned local public school teachers, joined our project as part of the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program. Leveraging their extensive experience, they both played a pivotal role in crafting engaging, impactful and effective sustainability  education modules.

Learn More about their work with the Research Program on Sustainability and Policy here

Listen to Director Steven Cohen on the podcast Path to Zero, in which he discusses the transition to an environmentally sustainable economy.

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Read Director Steven Cohen's Op-Ed in The Messenger here.

Director Steven Cohen discusses the environmental challenges facing the US and China on the US-China Salon podcast.

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Read Director Steven Cohen's interview in the Wall Street Journal here.

Read Director Steven Cohen's Op-Ed in The Messenger here.

Read Director Steven Cohen's Op-Ed in The Hill here.

Director Steve Cohen was recently interviewed by Boston’s WBUR about the Ohio train derailment. The segment, “What the Ohio train derailment tells us about rail safety in the U.S.,” part of WBUR’s On Point show, examined the impact of the recent train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, on the local community and the rail industry.

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Higher electricity usage in NYC homes reflects the “new normal,” and raises concerns about winter energy costs.

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In the webinar hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, the Research Program on Sustainability Policy & Management's Steven Cohen and Dong Guo, authors of The Sustainable City (Second Edition), led and moderated a lively book talk and panel discussion in conversation with Chinese scholars Dajian Zhu, Junjie Li, and Wan Liu. 

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The Earth Institute’s Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management, along with colleagues from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, are working with the Tencent Foundation to develop a set of sustainability education modules for secondary school students in China.

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A recent analysis by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on pathways to meet the net zero carbon challenge used data from the CarbonCatalogue, a publicly available global database and visualization of product carbon footprints. The database was developed as a collaboration of Christoph Meinrenken, affiliate of the Data Science Institute and a Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Research Program in Sustainability Policy and Management (SPM), and CoClear, a carbon data start-up founded by Columbia alumnae Sally Paridis and Erika Whillas.

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