Want to go help the business and policy world go green? SIPA Can Help Pave the Way

The following was prepared by SIPA student Joshua Huneycutt, a second year MIA student concentrating in Energy and Environmental Policy.


Here in the admissions office we get a number of applicants who are interested in coming to SIPA to study sustainability.  In particular, many applicants are interested in the nexus of business, environment and society.   As many of them already know, and as I’ll explain to you, SIPA is a fantastic place to be to explore this interaction.

SIPA allows students to focus on environmental policy studies, and offers students a wide variety of classes relating to business sustainability, green markets, and CSR.  With courses such as “The Role of Government in Advancing Corporate Sustainable Development” and “Financing the Green Economy: Markets, Business & Politics,”  SIPA has a growing repertoire of classes that help future leaders incorporate environmentally-sound business practices into their careers, whether they choose to work directly in Corporate Social Responsibility / Sustainability or in other disciplines.

In addition, there are a number of degree programs and institutes at Columbia that allow SIPA students interested in sustainability to explore various aspects of this complex issue.  From the Earth Institute’s greater focus on developing countries, to their more business-oriented MS in Sustainability Management, networking and learning opportunities abound at Columbia.

In addition to the various courses SIPA offers and the related institutes and degree programs in the greater Columbia community, you’ll find that Columbia is dedicated to being a forum for the exchange of leading-edge ideas in sustainable business practice.  If you’re in the New York area, consider attending one of these upcoming Columbia-sponsored event events:

Monday 2/15: Leadership on the Pathway to Sustainability

A lively evening of discussion and debate by prominent leaders in global, national and local sustainable development.

Please look for more details about the panelists and the night’s proceedings on our website CERC Home.

Where: Rotunda of Low Memorial Library
Monday, February 15th, 2010 from 6pm to 8pm.

Thursday 2/18: Innovative Method of Green Energy Finance

Moderated by Earth Institute Executive Director and Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy Director, Steve Cohen. The goal of the panel is to collaborate on innovative methods of green energy finance. The discussion is co-sponsored by the Earth Institute and the SIPA’s Energy and Environment Program and will feature the following participants:

Location: Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive

Please RSVP to Youngmi Jin at yj2180@columbia.edu

or 212-854-1214, by Monday, February 15, 2010.

Tuesday 2/23: MAKING GREEN FROM GREEN: Investment Opportunities in the Wake of Copenhagen

Is there Hopenhagen after Copenhagen – Professor Jeffrey Sachs, noted author and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia will discuss the current landscape for sustainable business investment. Tuesday, 23 February 2010, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: JP Morgan Chase – 277 Park Avenue  – 17th Floor
Register Now Click here to buy tickets!!! http://www.cbsacny.org/store.html?event_id=810
For more information email sustainablebusiness@cbsacny.org

All month: Clean Tech Month at Columbia Business School

Clean Tech Month is an event series running in February 2010, jointly sponsored by Columbia Business School’s Green Business Club and Energy Club. It aims to provide the many members of our clubs interested in the clean tech and renewables space with opportunities for in-depth learning and industry exposure.  There are at least seven more events going on this month; check it out!