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Sustainability Skill-Building

Professional Development

The Earth Institute Professional Development Program helps students and alumni to achieve their sustainability-related career goals. The program offers skill-building seminars, networking opportunities, and tools that, together, better prepare students to pursue job opportunities in sustainability and related fields. The program complements existing services such as resume and cover letter review that are provided by Columbia University's career service offices.


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Sustainability Skill-Building

The Sustainability Skills Seminars offer students and alumni practical skills that are specific to sustainability and environmental careers. The half-day, non-credit seminars are free. Past seminar topics have included Life Cycle Analysis, Geographic Information Systems, and Green Building Design.


Advanced Sustainability Career Workshop
Feb 16, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Instructor: Cathy Gibbons, Assistant Director, Alumni & Graduate Student Career Development, Columbia University
Location: 602 Hamilton

This workshop is dedicated to helping you to research the sustainability industry, find employers, and develop your strategy for approaching, interviewing and negotiating with employers. We will look at strategies and sites that will help you to optimize your job search and begin your networking process. Your resume and other marketing materials got you in the door; now let’s look at how you create a professional image through the interview and negotiating stage so that you will land the jobs that you want. Resources to help you to continue to build your career planning skills and search jobs will be also be discussed.

Successful Opinion Writing For Blogs And The Mass Media
Feb 23, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Instructor: Claudia Dreifus, M.S. Sustainability Management Faculty Member, Interviewer & Reporter, New York Times & Science Times
Location: 602 Hamilton

Thanks to the internet, science and sustainability advocates can now address the public directly. They can do so through newspaper and magazine op-ed pages, through online opinion sites, such as Medium and the Atlantic, and through their own personal blogs. To help you write effective opinion essays or blog stories on your scientific concerns, Claudia Dreifus, who teaches “Writing About Global Science for the International Media,” in the M.S. Sustainability Management Program, will be conducting a one-day introductory workshop, giving you the basics of the two forms. Current students and alumni of all Earth Institute programs are welcome to attend. Professor Dreifus writes the “Conversation with…” column in the Science Section of the New York Times and contributes to the New York Review of Books, Scientific American and Quanta.


Students and alums may register for these events through the Earth Institute Job List. For more information please email us.

Past Earth Institute Sustainability Skill Building Seminars:

  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Product Lifecycle Assessment and Carbon Footprinting
  • Green Building Design and LEED training
  • Consulting 101: How Consultants Win Work
  • Networking and Interviewing Skills Seminar
  • Sustainable Smart Technology and Controls Seminar
  • Climate Adaptation Planning Seminar
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Seminar
  • Sustainability Metrics
  • Greenhouse Gas Protocol's Corporate GHG Accounting and Reporting Standard
  • Public Speaking — Communication Strategy and Delivery

For more information, please email us.