Join the Earth Institute’s Climate Ride Team!

MSSM student, Scott Miller, invites you to participate in the Earth Institute’s Climate Ride Team!

The first Climate Ride takes place from May 19th – 23rd, 2013, and passes through Northern California’s magnificent redwoods and beach towns along the dramatic Pacific Coast before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.  The second ride takes place from September 21st-25th, beginning in New York City and ending on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. As a participant in one (or both!) of these rides, you will help support the Earth Institute’s work to develop sustainable solutions to the most pressing problems of our time.

For more information, read Scott’s guest blog post in the State of the Planet!

Sustainable Perspectives Symposium: The Systems Approach – Saturday March 30th

SUMASA is proud to present its major student-run event – 2013 Sustainable Perspectives Symposium: The Systems Approach

In order to develop viable solutions to the problems facing our global society, we need to understand how to think sustainably — and systematically. SPER’2013 is a half-day symposium of dynamic speakers across many industries and a panel discussion dedicated to applied systems thinking.

Keynote speaker, Elizabeth Thompson of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, will unpack the core concepts of systems thinking and show how they’re being implemented with new approaches to design.

Check out the full list of speakers and register today!

WHEN: Saturday, March 30th, 2013 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
WHERE: Low Library, Morningside Campus

The event will be shot on video to be used for SUMASA and MSSM program promotion and information materials.

Columbia University Earth Summit – Friday, March 29th

Registration is now open for The 2nd Columbia University Earth Summit, which will take place on Friday, March 29, 2013, at the Columbia University Faculty House.

In light of the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Sandy, this year’s Earth Summit, Driving Collaborative Solutions, will bring together 300 business and social leaders, academics, and students to foster the new leadership required by today’s complex world. Renowned economist and senior UN advisor Jeffrey Sachs will open the day with an account of the challenges facing society, followed by panel discussions with distinguished guests, such as His Excellency Stuart BeckMichael GerrardPatrick Kinney, and Karl GibersonJeffrey Seabright, Vice President for Environment and Water Resources at The Coca Cola Company, will deliver a closing keynote on the role of the private sector in tackling climate change and other environmental problems.

This year’s Earth Summit also features interactive sessions, such as an Idea Lab (watch world-changing proposals being pitched to investors) and a Social Venture Challenge hosted by The Resolution Project in collaboration with The Earth Institute’s Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development. The day will end with a networking reception.

Registration provides you with access to the Social Venture Challenge on the evening of Thursday, March 28, and all-day access to The Earth Summit on March 29. Remember to sign up for small-group Thematic Working Lunches on Agriculture and Fisheries, Biodiversity and Conservation, Energy, Post-2015 Development Agenda, or Water.

Visit the website to learn more about The 2nd Columbia University Earth Summit and about the benefits it offers.

State of the Planet Conference: A World at Risk: Water Security – Thursday, March 28th

A World at Risk: Water Security
The issues of water and food security are timely and important to the discussion of the future of sustainable development. Population and climate are major drivers, leading to regional water constraints that are emerging as critical in many places in the world. The ability of societies to deal with these threats is coming into question, whether the issue is the provision of safe drinking water, or of access of industries to water, the rapid depletion of groundwater by agriculture, limits to energy production and mineral extraction, or the impacts of degraded water bodies on ecosystems. What are the innovations that can address these challenges, and what are some examples of sustainable directions towards solution?

Event Time: 9:00 to 11:30 AM
Doors Open at 8:00 AM

Columbia University, Morningside Campus
Alfred Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium
2910 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Register here!