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First Graduates of the M.S. in Sustainability Management Program

2011-05-09
Chak Cherdsatirkul

Chak Cherdsatirkul

The Master of Science in Sustainability Management program, cosponsored by the Earth Institute and the School of Continuing Education at Columbia University, is pleased to announce the graduation of Chak Cherdsatirkul and Shinsuke Nuriya. Sustainability Management is a new program at Columbia designed to meet the growing demand for sustainability managers and to train students to bridge the gap between the principles of sustainable development and its practice. Chak and Shinsuke will be the first students to graduate from the program since its first class matriculated in the fall of 2010.

The M.S. in Sustainability Management is a professional program that formally educates sustainability practitioners for a broad range of fields. Students in the program learn sophisticated sustainability measurement tools and cutting-edge environmental science to fully understand the systematic and organizational role of sustainability in any organization. The program is offered full time or part time to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

Chak came to the Sustainability Management program with an M.B.A. from Babson College and a background in real estate financing, having previously worked on developing a solar farm. Shinsuke entered the program directly after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Keio University in Japan. He originally intended to pursue a second bachelor’s degree in economics before becoming interested in sustainability issues. Both Chak and Shinsuke were drawn to the Sustainability Management program because of its flexibility and the wide variety of courses available to its students. Shinsuke notes the value of interdisciplinary study in the sustainability management field: “Any sustainability issue cannot be resolved using a single subject matter. Sustainability practitioners have to be familiar with diverse fields. This program allows its students to take courses from different departments.”

Shinsuke Nuriya

Shinsuke Nuriya

The Sustainability Management program enabled Chak and Shinsuke to explore their interests in particular areas of sustainability. For Chak, “my interest is renewable energy and I came to Columbia to learn about it.” Chak published a paper in Thailand detailing his experience at Columbia and the knowledge he cultivated in the Sustainability Management program. Shinsuke, on the other hand, came to Columbia with a special interest in the managerial aspects of sustainability issues. For him, “The Earth Institute Practicum and Capstone courses helped me to understand how to tackle sustainability issues. I learned a simple, basic approach to sustainability issues, which I had never learned before.”

After graduating from the M.S. in Sustainability Management program, Chak plans to work in the renewable energy development field, while Shinsuke will take a post at an investment bank in Japan.