About SUMASA

Who We Are 

SUMASA is the Student Association for Columbia University’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management program at the Earth Institute. The members are elected to represent all of us, the SUMA student body. As a board, we accomplish this by advocating on behalf of students, fostering engagement across the SUMA community, and hosting meaningful professional development and networking opportunities.

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.

Columbia University’s Sustainability Management Student Association (SUMASA) exists to enhance the student experience both while at Columbia and as alumni. We do this by:

  1.  Advocating on behalf of the student body
  2.  Fostering community and engagement
  3.  Providing meaningful professional development and networking opportunities

SUMASA promises to be:

  • Representative and inclusive of the diverse backgrounds and needs of students
  • Prompt and responsive to questions, requests, suggestions and input
  • Trustworthy and accountable to those it represents
  • A catalyst in creating a fun and nurturing community

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Who We Are

The Sustainability Management Student Association (SUMASA) is a student organization elected to represent the student body of the Columbia University Sustainability Management Master’s Program.  We strive to advocate on behalf of the students, foster community engagement, and provide meaningful development through academic and networking opportunities in an evolving sustainability industry.

Interview with “Creative Conservationist” Asher Jay

Asher Jay is a National Geographic emerging explorer and self-described “creative conservationist”. She uses art, poetry, sculpture, animation, online media, and her sheer force of personality to help save the planet. She has dedicated her career to raising awareness of biodiversity loss and the importance of sustainable development. Her art has been used in conservation campaigns for rhinos, elephants, lions, tigers, sea turtles and more.

Interview with Diana Sierra, co-founder of Be Girl

Diana Sierra co-founded of Be Girl, a social enterprise that designs and manufactures reusable, washable and high performance period panties and sanitary pads. They have pilot their product in more than 12 countries and are ready to launch in the US. Previously, Diana built her career in industrial design as a consultant, working for almost 10 years … Continue reading Interview with Diana Sierra, co-founder of Be Girl

Interview with Marisol Rodriguez, founder of SHAREnergy

Marisol Rodriguez is a design consultant with over 8 years of experience in product innovation, consumer research, prototyping, and business model generation methodologies. Holding an M.S. in Sustainability Management ’15 from Columbia University, she most recently consulted for World Resources Institute, Oxfam and WWF through her capstone and graduation projects; her social enterprise SHAREnergy, an initiative incubated within … Continue reading Interview with Marisol Rodriguez, founder of SHAREnergy

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