New York

Two Birds, One Stone: Green Roof Gardening in the City

by |April 29th, 2019

Most New Yorkers don’t have a backyard, though, especially in the more densely populated neighborhoods. Physical space is so scarce, it’s imperative to make use of the little space that is available to us. And it turns out there’s a lot of space if you just look up.

Finding Open Space in a Crowded City

by |December 5th, 2016

These areas can be publicly or privately owned, which often affects public accessibility. The Nature Conservancy’s New York City Program is working on putting together a cohesive data set of open space and land ownership in the city in order to assess which entities the Conservancy must work with to promote increased public access to open space.

Featured Faculty: Andrew Kruczkiewicz

by |October 31st, 2016

Students should take away the basics of climate change and understand how climate impacts decision-making in their sector of interest. Enhancing their knowledge of the physical science is a must as well as understanding the importance of social science in the context of climate risk management.

An Empire State of (Solar) Mind: How New York Has Become a Leader in the Solar Industry

by |August 27th, 2015

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “solar?” Sunshine, bright, warm? What places then typically come to mind to fit this description? Florida, Los Angeles, Arizona. But how about New York City?

Conservation in New York City: Focusing Less on the Concrete and More on the “Jungle”

by |July 26th, 2015

When we think of a natural ecosystem, our minds immediately wander to tall prospering trees, clean flowing water and the plentiful flora and fauna that makes each of these ecosystems unique. But that’s not all there is to it.

New York: The Largest Recycling Operation in the World

by |July 1st, 2015

How did your family or town get rid of trash when you were a kid? I imagine that most couldn’t answer this question beyond the point of, “well, we put it by the side of the road and someone just picked it up.”

Featured Faculty: Alessandra Giannini

by |June 22nd, 2015

By Apoorva Mathur, C+S ’15 Alessandra Giannini has been interested in the nexus of climate and society since first joining Columbia’s PhD program in Earth and Environmental Sciences. When she returned to Columbia in 2003 after completing postdoctoral research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, she joined the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) staff as… read more