The School of International and Public Affairs Environmental Coalition is a graduate student and alumni organization dedicated to elevating the most pressing global and local environmental policy challenges of our time. ECO raises awareness by offering skills-based trainings, hosting educational and social activities, and providing opportunities for advocacy through collaboration. Our goal is to spur action and engage the Columbia community in dialogues that highlight the linkages among our fields.
Contact: An environmental advocacy and action student group dedicated to changing the attitude and ways of the JTS community and infrastructure. Goals include: working with Facilities to create an improved recycling system and to make the JTS buildings more energy efficient; collaborating with Dining Services to bring more sustainable food options and to reduce the amount of waste produced daily; and raising community awareness about the reduction of energy and water use, recycling practices, green purchasing, and ways to make Jewish living more sustainable.
The Journal is one of the oldest environmental law journals in the nation and is regarded as one of the preeminent environmental journals in the country. The Columbia Journal produces two print publications annually, along with a digital-only issue associated with the Journal’s Climate Change Symposium each spring. The publication process is managed by Columbia Law School students who are responsible for reviewing and editing articles, communicating with authors, managing subscriptions, and ultimately finalizing the materials for publication. In addition to featuring the scholarship of leading environmental lawyers and academics, the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law strongly encourages student writing and publishes four student notes per volume.
CUEBS approaches the biosphere from an academic point of view and aims to encourage environmental appreciation and education at all levels within the Columbia community. Their goals are to: network with other students, alumni, graduate students, and faculty interested in Environmental Biology; enrich the existing E3B and Environmental Science programs with events and trips that allow students to explore Environmental Biology outside of the classroom; and foster interest, education, and awareness in the Columbia community for Environmental Biology and, generally, the environment and its importance in our daily lives and our world. Their activities include film screenings, behind-the-scenes tours of the Aquarium, hikes, etc.
Contact: Columbia Law School’s Environmental Law Society is a student organization for law students concerned about environmental issues and/or interested in environmental careers. We actively pursue expansion of the environmental curriculum and promote improved environmental efforts by the Law School. ELS hosts events with top environmental law practitioners from the government, public interest groups, and private law firms. In addition to these panel discussions and informal lunches, we also host large-scale events, such as an Earth Day celebration and outdoor events such as hiking trips, park clean-ups, and tree-planting. ELS welcomes all interested new law students and offers ample opportunity to become involved at any level. We further welcome opportunities to work with other student groups across the University is addressing environmental law issues.
CEEC was created with the goal of fostering a community of engaged engineering students interested in energy topics beyond the textbook. It aims towards integrating technical thinking into the society and public context and promoting Columbia Engineering in the energy space and vice versa.
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Contact: The Student Union for Sustainable Development is an organization of students majoring, concentrating, or interested in sustainable development at Columbia University. In addition to collaborating with the program to strengthen student advocacy in campus administration, the students serve as peer advisers to interested students as well as provide student feedback to the program staff and faculty throughout the year.
We hope to support our fellow classmates during our one year here at SIPA by providing options for outreach activities, networking events, and professional development opportunities. We would love to collaborate on any possible events related to the environmental realm, and want to provide as many resources as possible to our class through a speaker series which is currently being developed. We are also working with University Events Management to make SIPA events more sustainable by having re-usable dishes and utensils, as well as locally sourced products. We hope to hear from any individuals or groups that may want to work together in the future!
The Columbia Aquanauts is a student-led organization focused on creating awareness of and addressing global water challenges. The organization engages students, industry experts, and faculty from various disciplines at Columbia’s undergraduate and graduate schools for knowledge-sharing sessions, internship programs, and consulting projects.
Contact: senergyclub.org/ The Energy Club is committed to educating Columbia Business School students about the energy industry, increasing awareness regarding career opportunities, and helping members take advantage of those opportunities. The Energy Club periodically hosts panel discussions and speakers on topics that are shaping the future of the energy industry. We also offer a symposium and speaker series each Spring. To assist our members in their job searches, we distribute a resume book for first- and second-year students and invite prospective employers to host on-campus presentations. Finally, we strive to create a network of students and alumni who are committed to working in the energy industry through the Columbia Business School Energy Network.
Contact: Barnard EcoReps and Barnard Environmentalists united forces in Fall 2015 to take on environmental initiatives on and around campus. Barnard EcoReps works on a range of projects, so you can get involved in the work that most interests you–whether that’s running big campus events like the Green Sale, hosting discussions and speakers at Sustainable Suppers, or planting in a plot in Riverside Park.
Contact: The Resiliency Science Union of Excellence is the association of students in the Earth Institute’s Sustainability Science Master’s Program. As members of an interdisciplinary program, we focus on cultivating community and weaving environmental and social fields of study to build a more resilient future.
Contact: The Green Business Club engages students, the Columbia Business School community, and business leaders across industries on the intersection of business and sustainability. We believe organizations should operate sustainably, balancing economic, environmental, and social considerations. As such, we educate our members on emerging triple-bottom-line business issues and prepare them for careers related to sustainability. As a professional club, we connect students with employers through networking opportunities, career resources, and industry/alumni contacts in the private, for-profit, public, and non-profit sectors. In order to “walk the talk,” we also make it a priority to advocate and model sustainable practices in our own community through campus greening projects.
Contact: , A Sustainability Management student club, aiming to expose students to problems related to the built environment and planning for better infrastructure.
Contact: The Impact Fashion and Tech club’s mission is to raise awareness, inspire new thinking and connect students with industry experts and organizations to collaborate in changing the way fashion is sourced, produced and consumed, while ensuring that human rights are protected. The fashion industry is one of the largest consumer industries in the world as well as a major contributor to climate change, coming at a high environmental and social cost. Apparel production has doubled in the last 15 years, resulting in shorter fashion cycles and increased pressure on manufacturers. It is an industry that puts profits ahead of the environment and human welfare. New technologies are helping reshape the current fashion system by driving the transition towards a sustainable fashion future. By intersecting fashion, technology and sustainability through discussion we aim to provide opportunities to connect with engaging thought leaders, educate on new technologies that impact fashion, promote conversations that question and challenge the current system, and encourage active participation through the collective development of new initiatives, allowing us to reimagine the way we create and consume.
Contact: We are a part of the 501 3 non-profit Global Brigades, Inc., the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Working together, environment articles for students student volunteers and professionals aim to empower communities in Honduras and Panama with programs that improve quality of life while respecting local culture and improving the environment. We develop sustainable health initiatives and provide relief where there is limited access to healthcare. Our mission is to encourage sustainability to the communities in Honduras through our Medical, Microfinance, Business, Public Health, Water, Dental, Environmental, and Law Brigades.
Contact: Consilience is a global online publication dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary dialogue on sustainable development. By providing a public platform for discussion, we hope to encourage a global community to think more broadly, thoroughly and analytically about sustainable development. This publication aims to bring students, researchers, professors, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and geographical regions in direct conversation with each other through an online, academically rigorous medium. The biannual journal features scholarly articles, opinion pieces, photo essays, and field notes, and editorial columns are published on a biweekly basis on the website. We accept submissions on a rolling basis.
Contact: Women & Sustainability strives to advance female leaders working in sustainability through academic, professional, and personal development. W&S also looks to develop a community of women that will act as a support network providing encouragement and fostering growth. The organization invites successful female leaders in sustainability to share their experiences and foster creative, innovative thinking and conversation about how they came into their careers. W&S hopes to grow and tailor future efforts and events to the interests and needs of the group members.
SustainUS is a national network of young people organizing around the World Summit on Sustainable Development in their schools and communities. SustainUS is committed to increasing youth participation in sustainable development issues, demanding government accountability to its citizens and adherence to international agreements, and working with all stakeholders to establish sustainable development practices.
Contact: Columbia Sustainable Finance Professionals Network is an association of experienced finance professionals with an interest in Sustainable Finance and Investing. Our mission is to connect academia and industry to work on solutions where finance is used as a lever to promote a sustainable future. It is open to all Columbia graduate students and alumni.
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Contact: GlobeMed is a network of university students which partner with grassroots organizations around the world to improve the health of people living in poverty. Through their involvement today, students become effective leaders in global health and social justice. We believe that undergraduates and communities can work in tandem to foster long-term relationships and collaborate on sustainable, locally-driven projects that better the health and well-being of people around the world. The chapter at Columbia University partners with a women’s rights organization in Gulu, Uganda called Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization on various health and development initiatives.
Mission: To bring a much-needed awareness to the Columbia community about scientific and technological issues of social relevancy. Our mission is to bring focus to the roles of scientists and engineers in the betterment of societies. Our vision is to foster interest, discussion, and action in the fields of science and technology through our events, projects, and website content. Through these we hope to benefit the Columbia University community and its surrounding communities. Our efforts will yield both short and long term results.
Contact: A group of students working in partnership with Columbia’s department of Housing and Dining in order to make Columbia’s campus more environmentally sustainable. Their work entails publicizing available environmental services, serving as a bridge of communication between students and the administration, facilitating campus projects for a reduced university ecological footprint.
Contact: The Columbia University chapter of Engineers Without Borders aims to address the problems facing people both locally and abroad by leveraging the skills, talents and passions of Columbia University students and the partnerships formed with our organization. Our members come from all engineering and arts backgrounds, sharing the desire to do meaningful work in improving the lives of others through creative, sustainable, engineering solutions. We are currently working on three major projects in Ghana, India, and Uganda.
Contact: Columbia University student club aiming to connect upcoming sustainability professionals with consultancy practitioners.
Contact: Medical SEA is established to promote environmental awareness at the medical campus. We want to be the voice of students for environmental concerns. This organization is dedicated to reforming inadequate recycling policies, devising strategies to decrease waste and energy consumption, improving energy efficiency, educating students and faculty on environmental issues, and decreasing the ecological footprint at the Columbia University Medical Center.
Visit the website of the Office of Environmental Stewardship to learn more about Columbia University’s broader sustainability policies, commitments and goals.
Contact: The SIPA Energy Association is dedicated to complimenting the education of the International Energy Management and Policy concentration, connecting SIPA students with practitioners in the energy sector, and educating students about career opportunities in the field. SEA’s activities include arranging visits to SIPA by actors in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors, as well as trips for students to see aspects of the energy industry in person. The organization aims to aid its members in finding jobs and internships within the energy sector while building a network of SIPA alumni working in the various facets of shaping the world’s energy future.
Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development serves as a platform for Columbia University students to develop a unified voice, raise awareness, and take collective action toward social, economic, and environmental sustainability. CUCSD provides its members the opportunity to engage in high-level discussions on sustainable development. We were proud to participate in the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris. By attending these forums, members will represent the views of CUCSD in multilateral negotiations, share their work with field experts in sustainable development, mobilize their peers in impacting international policies, and apply these experiences in their academic and professional work. In addition, members will be able to disseminate information and innovations in the field of sustainable development across Columbia University and beyond. CUCSD is open to all members of the Columbia University community.
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This organization is devoted to encouraging and incorporating sustainable practices into the lives of CU athletes and teams, creating an environmentally friendly athletic culture. Some of our goals include implementing energy saving programs at Dodge, recycling uniforms and sneakers, and initiating a recycling program at Baker. We have big goals for this organization, and in order for it to be a success, we need your help in any capacity! If you are passionate about helping our planet, the Columbia community, or boosting your resume, EcoLions is for you!
Contact: SUMASA is the Student Association for Columbia University’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management program at the Earth Institute. The program is designed to equip sustainability leaders with the practical knowledge and cutting-edge skills required to effectively manage the complex opportunities and risks of sustainable development.
For young people concerned about their opportunities in a world shaped by the climate crisis, Campus Corps offers the chance to take their future into their own hands, starting in their college dormitories, classrooms, and campus quads. With help from national Climate Reality staff, students at participating campuses receive guidance in designing campaigns and organizing fellow students to convince their schools to embrace clean energy and sustainability. Then they take action – with powerful results.