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Access to Sustainability Practitioners

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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Access to Sustainability Practitioners

The Sustainability Speaker Series features talks by leading practitioners, who discuss their work and their organizations, and who offer career advice. Networking events among students and alumni also provide a setting for learning about the job market from colleagues in the field.

Sustainability Speaker Events Fall 2018:

  • Thomas Abdallah, MTA New York City Transit (September 28)
  • Susanne DesRochesDeputy Director, Infrastructure + Energy at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (November 16)

These events are held from 12:00-1:00PM at The Earth Institute offices, located at 2910 Broadway, in Hogan Hall Conference Room A. To RSVP please email us.

Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership (Upcoming Events TBD):

Each spring semester, the Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership host sustainability practitioners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The talks are open to students and alumni. Speakers from spring 2018 are listed below:

  • Sophia Mendelsohn, JetBlue
  • Michael Levine, UnderArmour
  • Raghusimha Sudhakara, Con Edison
  • Venetia Lannon, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
  • Saami Sabiti, New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Sara Law, CDP
  • Lacey Shaver, Community Engagement Manager, STAR Communities
  • Neil Hawkins, Dow Chemical
  • Donna Givens, Eastside Community Network
  • Adam Gordon, UN Global Compact
  • Emmanuelle Humblet, Environmental, Policy & Social Initiatives, Apple

Networking events among students and alumni also provide a setting for learning about the job market from colleagues in the field.

For more information, please email us.