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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.06
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date April 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Columbia University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Alison Miller
Deputy Executive Director
Earth Institute
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (1st program):
M.S. Sustainability Management

A brief description of the graduate degree program (1st program):

The Earth Institute and Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education developed the Master of Science in Sustainability Management to train and educate sustainability practitioners. The program draws upon the most sophisticated environmental measurement tools, cutting-edge environmental science, and world class management and policy studies to help students fully understand the systematic and organizational role of sustainability in any organization. Our common goal is to create a sustainable economy, society and environment.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (1st program) :
The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
M.P.A. Environmental Science and Policy

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

The Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy trains sophisticated public managers and policymakers, who apply innovative, systems-based thinking to environmental issues. The program challenges students to think systemically and act pragmatically. To meet this challenge, we offer a high-quality graduate program in management and policy analysis that emphasizes practical skills and is enriched by ecological and planetary science. Our approach reflects the system-level thinking that is needed to understand ecological interactions and maintain the health of Earth’s interconnected ecological, institutional, economic, and social systems.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Ph.D. in Sustainable Development

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Sustainable Development is to create a generation of scholars and professionals equipped to deal with some of the most crucial problems in the world today. By combining elements of a traditional graduate education in social science, particularly economics, with a significant component of training in the natural sciences, the program's graduates will be uniquely situated to undertake serious research and policy assessments with the goal of sustainable development. The program includes a set of rigorous core requirements, but also provides students with the flexibility to pursue in-depth research in a broad variety of critical policy issue areas.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program(s):

M.A. Climate and Society http://climatesociety.ei.columbia.edu/
M.A. Conservation Biology http://www.columbia.edu/cu/e3b/ma_requirements.html M.I.A./M.P.A. Energy and Environment https://sipa.columbia.edu/academics/concentrations/energy-and-environment
M.P.A. Development Practice https://sipa.columbia.edu/academics/programs/mpa-in-development-practice
E.M.P.A. Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Concentration http://bulletin.columbia.edu/sipa/programs/empa/environmental-policy-sustainability-management-concentration/
M.P.H. Environmental Health Sciences http://www.mailman.columbia.edu/academic-departments/environmental-health-sciences
M.S. Earth Resources Engineering http://eee.columbia.edu/master-science-degree Executive Doctoral programs in Earth and Environmental Engineering http://eee.columbia.edu/doctoral-degrees-0
Ph.D. Earth and Environmental Sciences http://eesc.columbia.edu/programs/graduate/phd
PhD. or Dr.P.H. in Environmental Health Sciences http://www.mailman.columbia.edu/academic-departments/environmental-health/academic-programs
Doctoral programs in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology http://www.columbia.edu/cu/e3b/phd.html


Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
Sustainability Analytics Professional Certification

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):

The Sustainability Analytics program trains professionals to develop skills in analytic methods and quantitative analysis that enable practitioners to measure, report, and communicate the sustainability of organizations, products, and services. Upon completion of this program, students will possess the knowledge and tools to track sustainability indicators, analyze and interpret data, and report upon the findings to industry, nonprofit and government decision makers. The certification focuses on key topics in reporting, accounting, metrics and indices, and monitoring procedures. Students who complete the certification will have a strong framework that can be used to benchmark performance and develop future sustainability initiatives.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Sustainable Water Management Professional Certification

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

This new certification equips professionals with the skills to conduct integrated water management and water systems analysis. These professionals— ranging from urban planners for local governments to operations managers for large supply chains to NGO workers focused on issues of health in developing communities— can benefit from gaining the skills necessary to improve water access, delivery, and quality. The Certification of Professional Achievement in Sustainable Water Management will cover concepts of hydrology, water policy and regulation, economics, finance and conflict resolution. It is designed to provide sophisticated and multidisciplinary training in water issues—the nexus of natural science, social science and public policy.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Conservation and Environmental Sustainability

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

The Certificate Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability allows professionals from all sectors to gain the knowledge and tools to make sound decisions about business activities and policy practices that impact the environment. As a platform for integrated and holistic thinking on the interconnectedness of nature’s systems, the Certificate Program offers the unique opportunity to address complex environmental issues and to arrive implementable and measurable solutions.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:

Certificate in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology http://ce.columbia.edu/certificates/ecology-evolution-and-environmental-biology-certificate


The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.