Undergraduate Special Concentration and Major in Sustainable Development

The Earth Institute, in collaboration with affiliated departments, offers a major and a special concentration in sustainable development for students interested in studying the complex issues of development as they relate to the interactions between natural and social systems.

The program provides a unique experience, comprising classes specifically designed for sustainable development students and developed by experienced faculty and practitioners. The program provides students with a well-rounded, interdisciplinary education that is geared to the real and complex challenges of sustainable development and our emerging understanding of how to address them. Students will explore how to move toward a trajectory of sustainability that will allow future generations to pursue further progress in human well-being without causing irreparable harm to the planet. Study abroad and internships are strongly encouraged, particularly as a basis for thesis research and to provide students with practical experience early in their professional development.


Name Title Email
Klopp, Jacqueline Director/Research Scholar jk2002@columbia.edu
Smerdon, Jason Professor of Climate jsmerdon@ldeo.columbia.edu
Lawrence, Jenna Lecturer in Discipline of Climate j.lawrence@columbia.edu
Lajus, Julia Visiting Associate Professor of History yl5296@columbia.edu
MacManus, Kytt Senior Systems Analyst/GIS Developer/Programmer km2505@columbia.edu
Pistolesi, Linda Senior Geographic Information Specialist (Senior Staff Associate) lpistole@ciesin.columbia.edu
Dale, Lisa Co-Director lad2189@columbia.edu
Madajewicz, Malgosia Associate Research Scientist mm1174@columbia.edu
Steckler, Michael Lamont Research Professor steckler@ldeo.columbia.edu
Gerrard, Michael Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director mbg2@columbia.edu
Gallay, Paul Senior Staff Associate III and Director, Resilient Coastal Communities Project pag57@columbia.edu
Weinberg, Phil Adjunct Professor of Climate pw174@columbia.edu
Moresky, Rachel Associate Professor of Population and Family Health and Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center rtm2102@cumc.columbia.edu
Horton, Radley Professor of Climate rh142@columbia.edu
DeFries, Ruth Chief Academic Officer; Co-Founding Dean Emerita rd2402@columbia.edu
Watson, Siobhan Lecturer sw2850@columbia.edu
Adamo, Susana Beatriz Research Scientist sa2595@columbia.edu
Montijo, Sylvia Program Manager sm4084@columbia.edu