Sustainability Media Lab

Sustainability Media Lab SML is student initiative at Columbia working to make sustainable development more accessible, relevant, and compelling across all media. We are a group of Columbia students with varied academic backgrounds collaborating on new ways to communicate sustainable development to a broader audience.

We’re bringing together students, scientists, media practitioners, and creatives to make the process of understanding sustainable development more inclusive, bridging the gap between academia and public understanding. The Sustainability Media Lab is a platform for students to collaborate on innovations in sustainability communications. Many people consider sustainable development as complex & obtu

We’re bringing together students, scientists, media practitioners, and creatives to make the process of understanding sustainable development more inclusive, bridging the gap between academia and public understanding. The Sustainability Media Lab is a platform for students to collaborate on innovations in sustainability communications. Many people consider sustainable development as complex & obtu

30 Earth Institute faculty members sign statement in support of coal divestment
03/02/2016
30 Earth Institute faculty members sign statement in support of coal divestment

30 Earth Institute faculty members sign statement in support of coal divestment

From left to right: Todd Gitlin, Journalism School, Michael Gerrard, Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, participate in a discussion on Columbia's responsibilities to act on climate change.

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
11/11/2015

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Climate Countdown - Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Sunday, Nov 15, 4:30pm-6:00pm
Lerner Cinema, Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway
Columbia University, NYC
RSVP required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-countdown-film-screening-panel-discussion-tickets-19395984913

Columbia’s Sustainability Media Lab and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Youth Network are excited to present the first screening event of the Climate Countdown webseries -- a media project that promotes greater understanding of international climate policy and helps to engage & empower the public to support urgent climate action. The event will showcase episodes from the series, as well as two separate expert panel discussions on the webseries and climate media at large.

Registration is required; non-Columbia ID holders must RSVP online by Nov 12 12PM ET. Please send any questions to [email protected].

The End of California?
05/02/2015
The End of California?

The End of California?

Ingenuity created an Eden, and despite those who relish the notion of its failure, it will find a solution.

A green wearing white?
04/28/2015
A green wearing white?

A green wearing white?

COULD Pope Francis become the world's foremost campaigner on global warming? That is certainly the fondest hope (or in a few cases the darkest fear) of a...

"More than 300 faculty members and officers at Columbia University in New York have thrown their weight behind a campaig...
04/24/2015
Columbia University faculty members call for divestment from fossil fuels

"More than 300 faculty members and officers at Columbia University in New York have thrown their weight behind a campaign calling on the institution to move its $9.2bn (£6bn) endowment out of fossil fuels. In an open letter to the university’s president and board of trustees, they write: 'Our sense of urgency in signing this letter cannot be overstated. We believe that in the long run, these holdings of fossil fuel companies do not serve the university well, either morally or financially.'"

In our latest update on Keep it in the Ground, staff at universities in the US join the call for divestment and we tell you how you can get involved

The experts I spoke to all said it's extremely important to reflect the state of the science in coverage, and to avoid g...
04/13/2015
How should journalists cover quacks like Dr. Oz or the Food Babe?

The experts I spoke to all said it's extremely important to reflect the state of the science in coverage, and to avoid giving equal weight to both sides of an argument that aren't actually equal according to science. When reporters do that, we risk misrepresenting the research and creating controversy where there isn't any.

04/05/2015
Refinery29

Refinery29

Why California's drought affects us ALL.

Sustainability Media Lab's cover photo
04/02/2015

Sustainability Media Lab's cover photo

"Where Beijing’s Trash Is Reborn - buff.ly/1NVHAJE"
03/14/2015
Where Beijing’s Trash Is Reborn - NYTimes.com

"Where Beijing’s Trash Is Reborn - buff.ly/1NVHAJE"

When The New York Times asked Sim Chi Yin, a photographer based in Beijing, to photograph a story about “beginnings,” she started thinking about the outskirts of her city, which she has been exploring...

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
03/05/2015

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

LIVESTREAM now: "The Role of Youth for Sustainable Development; Towards the Launch of SDSN Youth" session at the SDSN Mediterranean conference held at the University of Sienna, Italy.

WATCH at http://www.sdsnmedconf.unisi.it/streaming/
or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn__IxYJv_Y

JOIN the conversation: tweet your questions to @SDSNYouth + #youth2015! Questions will be addressed around 1PM ET.

Presentation of SDSN Youth:
* Achim Dobermann, Opening remarks
* Dario Piselli, University of Siena, Italy, The vision and mission of SDSN Youth. The role of youth in the transition from the MDGs to the SDGs
* Sila Temizel – Bogazici University, Turkey, Proposed structure of SDSN Youth and institutional integration with SDSN
* Fulya Kundaklar, Bogazici University, Turkey, SDSNY campaigns, involvement in the SDGs process, and issue integration with SDSN
* Dario Bettaccini, University of Siena, Italy, SDSNY outreach with regard to youth worldwide and educational initiatives

Our panel discussion on 2/25 about resilient architecture and urban planning in New York CityPhotos taken by Jessica Bol...
03/04/2015

Our panel discussion on 2/25 about resilient architecture and urban planning in New York City
Photos taken by Jessica Bollinger and Noeleen Advani

Our panel discussion on 2/25 about resilient architecture and urban planning in New York City
Photos taken by Jessica Bollinger and Noeleen Advani

"As GDP grows and gas prices plunge to the lowest levels in four years, oil consumption should be soaring. It isn't."
01/16/2015
America Shakes Its Addiction to Oil

"As GDP grows and gas prices plunge to the lowest levels in four years, oil consumption should be soaring. It isn't."

As GDP grows and gas prices plunge to the lowest levels in four years, oil consumption should be soaring. It isn't.

"This past October, the English photographer Simon Norfolk spent 18 days on Mount Kenya, camping in an old mountaineerin...
12/22/2014
Video: Fire and Ice: Mount Kenya’s Lost Glaciers

"This past October, the English photographer Simon Norfolk spent 18 days on Mount Kenya, camping in an old mountaineering hut at nearly 16,000 feet. Norfolk was there to document the gradual disappearance of one of the mountain’s many glaciers, the Lewis, which happens to be one of the most thoroughly surveyed tropical glaciers in the world."

Simon Norfolk, a British photographer, traveled to Africa to document the disappearance of Mount Kenya’s glaciers, plotting previous boundaries with fire in long-exposure photographs.

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
12/17/2014

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON TWITTER ON DEC. 19 WITH #USDDPP

Do you have questions on how the US can reduce its emissions, the associated costs, policy implications, technological & energy transformations, etc.?

@UNSDSN is hosting a live Twitter Q&A on Friday, December 19, from 1-2PM EST with Dr. Jim Williams, chief scientist at E3 and lead author on the US DDPP Report. You can send in your questions before and during the live chat on Twitter or Facebook by using #USDDPP! Click here to find out what time the chat will be in your part of the world.

A recent report issued by the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States, shows how the US can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, using existing or near-commercial technologies, in line with the 2°C limit on warming.

Top scientists and professors have put forth a letter entitled "Deniers are not Skeptics":"But virtually all deniers hav...
12/11/2014
Deniers are not Skeptics - CSI

Top scientists and professors have put forth a letter entitled "Deniers are not Skeptics":

"But virtually all deniers have falsely branded themselves as skeptics. By perpetrating this misnomer, journalists have granted undeserved credibility to those who reject science and scientific inquiry."

Full letter and signatories available at http://www.csicop.org/news/show/deniers_are_not_skeptics

Public discussion of scientific topics such as global warming is confused by misuse of the term skeptic.

It was not until after the frustrations of the first term of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney that I decided to speak out ...
12/10/2014
The Scientist Who Gave a Name to Global Warming

It was not until after the frustrations of the first term of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney that I decided to speak out publicly. Near the end of 2004, I gave a talk recommending that people vote for John Kerry. Then I gave an improved version of the talk at the American Geophysical Union in 2005, which resulted in attempts to censor my speaking. That was when I explained to 60 Minutes that I did not want my grandchildren to say, “Opa understood what was happening but didn’t make it clear.” - Jim Hansen

NASA's James Hansen introduced the concept to the public in 1988, and had a hard time convincing legislators of its importance

audience q&a
11/26/2014

audience q&a

What do "you" think are the best and worst U.S. states for clean energy?
11/21/2014
The Best (And Worst) States For Clean Energy

What do "you" think are the best and worst U.S. states for clean energy?

No matter where you live in the United States, everyone should have the freedom of choice when it comes to making clean and efficient energy decisions. Unfortunately, some states are eager to partner with you and incentivize you throughout this journ...

11/20/2014
NASA | A Year in the Life of Earth's CO2

Check out NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration beautifully illustrated video of a year in the life of carbon dioxide. Special guest stars: natural fluxes, fires, and wind.

An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe. Plume...

11/18/2014

Columbia's Women & Sustainability is hosting a Alumni Panel and Networking Event tomorrow night!

The event will begin with a 45 minute panel that will feature three alumni from the MS in Sustainability Management program and a 15 minute Q&A session. The panel will be followed by cocktails and time to catch up with former classmates and fellow alumni.

The panelists will be:
- Eileen Quigley, Senior Sustainability Consultant at Closed Loop Advisors
- Grace Arnold Malmquist, Vice President and North American Region Head of Sustainability at Citi Realty Services
- Sophia Mendelsohn, Head of Sustainability at JetBlue Airways

RSVP (https://docs.google.com/a/columbia.edu/forms/d/15hqX4UlgFwcTrpb9htU1MS8UPGiLcL7m_ANTZf2veBQ/viewform) or email Stacy for more details.

11/17/2014

We look forward to seeing you tonight for Road to 2015: A Pivotal Year for Sustainable Development!

Don't let the rain deter you from joining us for a fantastic discussion on the key development priorities for 2015 and beyond with four expert panelists:
• Minh-Thu Pham, Senior Policy Director at United Nations Foundation
• Eric Swanson, Director and Co-founder of Open Data Watch
• Chantal Line Carpentier, New York Office Chief for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
• Tracy Raczek, Climate Policy Advisor for the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team (CCST)

Got a question for our panelists? Tweet it to @SustMediaLab using #RoadTo2015!

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