Get Involved

The Earth Institute is committed to strengthening and expanding the network of graduates from our sustainability education programs. We offer a number of ways in which graduates can remain involved in the community, including attending Earth Institute events, becoming part of an alumni board, mentoring students, or sharing your story with current students. Below you will find information on how you can stay involved.

Graduates have formed alumni boards, whose role is to facilitate communication between people from different graduation years. The alumni boards put on social and networking events, and work closely with the Earth Institute to ensure that programming is in line with alumni needs. Alumni boards exists for the following programs: MS in Sustainability Management, MPA in Environmental Science and Policy programs, MA in Climate & Society and Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development. Visit the People page of the website to see current board members.

Mentoring current students is a great way to reconnect with the program and to give back, in a tangible and personalized way. By becoming a mentor, you can help current students to learn about different career paths and provide advice on career choices in an informal and meaningful setting. If you would like to be a professional mentor to a current student, please contact us.

Our graduates come from diverse professional backgrounds and cultures and go on to do impressive work in environmental and sustainable development. We want to continue to hear about your accomplishments once you leave Columbia and invite alumni to speak at panels and to be featured on the State of the Planet blog. If you are interested in being on a panel or being featured in a story, please contact us.

As graduates, you are the best ambassadors of the environmental and sustainability programs. If you know of someone who would benefit from one of our programs, or would like information on a particular program sent to your company, let us know. All programs hold regular online and in-person information sessions, and offer opportunities for prospective students to sit in on classes.