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.

SUMASA is bringing you local and responsibly grown foods delivered weekly!

Do you prefer to eat local and responsibly grown foods? SUMASA has you covered! We are getting our location for locally grown foods!

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) gives you the opportunity to support local farms by pre-purchasing shares. Every week, a delivery location will be setup near Columbia’s campus for easy pick up. The CSA we are working with is Local Roots and you can find out all about the organization and the farms they support at http://localrootsnyc.org/our-csa/.


Fall Season runs September 2 – November 18. We need to have confirmation that you would like to join the Columbia SUMA CSA by August 1, 2014. You can confirm your interest by emailing Karen Mahrous at km2946@columbia.edu. Please DO NOT sign up for the CSA yet online. We must first confirm we have enough participants to setup our location and then (and only then!) you will sign up online.

A vegetable share for 1-2 people for all 12 weeks starts at $168! It’s a great deal. More information on pricing and all the amazing products that you can pick up on a weekly basis can be found here. Please note, these prices are for a full 12 week share of each item. You select the items you want and you get those all fall!

Below is a one sheeter with additional info. If you have questions or any interest, please reach out to Karen Mahrous at km2946@columbia.edu.


Edible Plant Walking Tour

Want to learn about the plants and trees in New York City? Better yet, want to learn which plants are edible? Come join us on an edible plant walking tour in Central Park! You will learn which plants can be eaten and which ones are poisonous. We have an experienced tour guide who has done multiple tours in parks all over New York City. Next time you are hungry in the park, instead of spending money to buy a hot dog, eat a plant!

Where: Central Park West, meet at 96th Street Entrance

When: September 22nd, 2013 at 1:30pm

RSVP on Facebook.

Course Speed Dating Social

Dear Columbia SUMA friends,

Got questions about a class you’re thinking about registering for? Let’s chat about it over drinks!

Come and spill the tea about that teacher, TA and that assignment. The sustainability management student board will arrange a speed-dating style happy hour networking social. You’ll be able to sit down with various students from different backgrounds and speak with them about the courses they have taken in the past and their experiences with them.

This is a great chance to gain some insight into that course you were thinking about taking.

Details: Event Location: Haakon’s Hall
Date: Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

RSVP Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/225593074260029/

SUMASA Earth Day Speaker Event: Vincent Stanley, Patagonia – Monday, April 22nd

Please join us for a special SUMASA Speaker Event on Monday, April 22nd. Vincent Stanley, Vice President of Marketing for Patagonia will speak about the company and a new book just published: The Responsible Company: What We’ve Learned from Patagonia’s First 40 Years. The book is co-authored by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard.

SUMASA Speaker Event: Vincent Stanley, Patagonia
Monday, April 22nd
6:10 – 8:00 pm
Schermerhorn 614

“Over the past 40 years, Patagonia has consistently done the outrageous and unusual – switched to exclusive use of organic cotton in its cotton clothes, introduced recycled (and recyclable) underwear and fleece, and created an interactive website, the Footprint Chronicles, to clue customers in to the social and environmental impact of Patagonia’s products.  The company’s Common Threads Initiative redefines the relationship between company and customer, to help reduce consumption, wrest the full life out of every product made, and recycle or repurpose what can no longer be used.”

About the man:
“Vincent Stanley has been with Patagonia on and off since its inception in 1973 and was for many years vice-president of its wholesale division.  Recently, he has helped initiate and lead the company’s Footprint Chronicles, its Common Threads Initiative and Patagonia Books.”

About the book:
“The Responsible Company shows companies how to thread their way through economic sea change and slow the drift toward ecological bankruptcy.”