Faculty of the new M.S. in Sustainability Management
On June 9, the Earth Institute and the School of Continuing Education held an open house at Columbia’s Italian Academy with over 100 admitted students for the new Master of Science in Sustainability Management program. The event gave students a chance to meet one another as well as to be introduced to faculty members and administration. Deans from the School of Continuing Education; Steve Cohen, the program‘s director and executive director of the Earth Institute; and many of the faculty members associated with the program were present at the exciting launch of the program, a first for Columbia, the Earth Institute and the School of Continuing Education.
In reflecting on the evening, Professor Cohen was upbeat: “This event marked the first opportunity for incoming students and the faculty to meet and discuss the courses, resources and opportunities being offered through the new sustainability management program. All evening long I found myself inspired by the enthusiasm for this innovative program and this emerging field. I know it provides a great launching point for the program as we begin our first academic year.”
The students for the new M.S. in Sustainability Management have come to Columbia from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many have experience in the corporate and public sectors, in areas ranging from banking to the restaurant industry to the military. Some already have exposure to matters of sustainability through their work.
At the evening’s event, students learned about the newly designed courses they will be taking in five categories: integrative courses on sustainability management, economics and quantitative analysis, the physical dimensions of sustainability management, the public policy environment of sustainability management, and general and financial management. Specific courses include Economics of Sustainability Management, Global Environmental Markets, Sustainability Science, Sustainable Built Environment, Energy Efficiency, and the Policy and Legal Context of Sustainability Management. The content covered will include organizational management; business; architecture; hard-core science; and practical skills in team work, data-gathering and project presentation. Students will learn to connect environmental protection to organizational management by exploring the technical, financial, managerial and political challenges of effectively managing a sustainable environment and economy.
At the event, students had the opportunity to meet the faculty of the new master’s program. Some of faculty have been teaching in Columbia’s policy programs for 20 and even 30 years, while others are new to the University, but bring experience teaching at other institutions and experience in real-world sustainability arenas, including law, carbon markets, public service and sustainable architecture. The program’s faculty includes:
The air of excitement was palpable at the June 9 launch. In a world in which we are more accustomed to the disappearance of traditional industries and positions, this program offers training for a burgeoning new professional field. According to Louise Rosen, “the new M.S. in Sustainability Management will offer students the training and knowledge base to meet the growing demand for a new cadre of professionals in the private and public sector who will need to know how to recognize and address sustainability issues that arise as well as how to manage organizations in a way that is synchronistic with the planet.”