Resources

Alumni have access to resources at both the Earth Institute and Columbia University. 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.

Alumni Directories make it easy to connect with your fellow alumni and to expand your professional network. The Earth Institute maintains professional contact information for alumni and distributes Directories to both alumni and current students. Though all alumni are listed, emails are only included for alumni who agreed to share it.

Accessing the Alumni Directories
Alumni Directories are currently available for the following programs:

  • M.S. in Sustainability Management (and certificates)
  • M.S. in Sustainability Science
  • M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy
  • M.A. in Climate and Society
  • Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development

Directories are secured on a password protected site. To request the log in information, please email us and provide your name, program, and graduation year.

Note: We expect both students and alumni to use these lists judiciously and to be respectful and professional in all outreach and interactions with alumni. Contact information should never be shared with third parties.

Updating Your Information in the Directory
Need to update your information? Click the link to fill out the alumni survey for your program below:

The Earth Institute’s Professional Development Program provides alumni with continued access to 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.

For more information, please email us.

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.

Recent speakers have included:

  • John Sargent, CEO, Macmillan
  • Meredith McDermott, Director of Sustainability, NYC Department of Education
  • Al Iannuzzi, Vice President of Sustainability, Estee Lauder Companies
  • Lisa McNeilly, Director of Sustainability, City of Baltimore

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 Earth Institute alumni. Alumni are invited to attend as job seekers, or to recruit talented candidates for open positions.

Job Search Tools

Sustainability Job List

The Earth Institute Job List contains employment opportunities in the field of sustainability. This tool remains open to alumni after graduation. Alumni may upload resumes and cover letters, which the Earth Institute makes available to potential employers; store job application documents and job searches, and receive notifications for jobs that match their employment profiles. The Earth Institute Job List provides some 300 current opportunities at any one time, including a diverse mix of full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities.

The Certifications of Professional Achievement in Sustainable Finance, Sustainability Analytics, and Sustainable Water Management offer specialized coursework for sustainability professionals. 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 Schools of International & Public Affairs and Professional Studies.