Alumni have access to resources through both the Columbia Climate School and the Columbia University Alumni Association. Benefits include: opportunities for continued learning and professional development; access to a sustainability job list; invitations to skill building events and the All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Career Fair, and more.

The Online Alumni Community makes it easy to connect with your fellow alumni and to expand your professional network. Simply log into the OAC and search for your program. Each year, the Climate School reviews alumni information on LinkedIn for its graduates and those from partner programs. Changes are updated to the Online Alumni Community. Alumni can also update their information at any time directly by logging into the system.

The Columbia Climate School Professional Development Program provides alumni with continued access to climate & sustainability-focused job resources and professional opportunities. The program complements existing services such as resume and cover letter review that are provided to alumni by Columbia University’s school based career centers.

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Sustainability Skill-Building

The Sustainability Skills Seminars offer alumni and students practical skills that are specific to sustainability and environmental careers. The half-day, non-credit seminars are free. 

Access to Sustainability Practitioners

  • The Sustainability Speaker Series features talks by leading practitioners, who discuss their work and their organizations, and offer career advice. 
  • Alumni are also invited to attend the Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership. Each spring semester, the Practicum hosts sustainability practitioners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
  • Networking events among students and alumni also provide a setting for learning about the job market from colleagues in the field.

All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Career Fair

The annual All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair attracts top organizations from the private, non-profit, and public sectors to the Columbia campus. The Fair is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all Ivy League schools, as well as alumni. Alumni are invited to attend as job seekers, or to recruit talented candidates for open positions.

Job Search Tools: Sustainability Job List

The Sustainability Job List contains employment opportunities in the field of climate & sustainability. This tool remains open to alumni after graduation. Alumni may upload resumes and cover letters, which are made available to potential employers; store job application documents and job searches, and receive notifications for jobs that match their employment profiles. The Sustainability Job List includes a diverse mix of full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities.

The School of Professional Studies offers Certifications of Professional Achievement in Sustainable Finance, Sustainability Analytics, and Sustainable Water Management. Alumni interested in expanding their skill set and knowledge base can take the 12-credit certifications as a standalone credential or as a complement to the M.S. in Sustainability Management program.

The Sustainable Finance program prepares students to meet the growing demand for professionals who understand and can apply the fundamentals of both corporate sustainability and finance. Courses cover environmental risk management, the environmental, social, and governance issues that affect capital markets, project finance, sustainable investing, green and carbon accounting, and environmental markets.

The Sustainability Analytics program focuses on key topics in reporting, accounting, metrics and indices, and monitoring procedures. Professionals who complete the certification will have a strong framework that can be used to benchmark performance and develop future sustainability initiatives.

The Sustainable Water Management program equips professionals with the skills to conduct integrated water management and water systems analysis. These professionals gain the skills necessary to improve water access, delivery, and quality.

Columbia University has a rich 260-year history and a multitude of resources for alumni worldwide. From regional and shared interest clubs to professional networking breakfasts, film festivals and other events, there is no shortage of ways to connect with alumni in your area. Please visit the Columbia Alumni Association website for more information and to update your information in the CAA alumni directory. Additional resources are available for graduates of the Columbia College, General Studies, and the Schools of International & Public Affairs, Professional Studies and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.